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  1. They are historical because he is writing the book to them after he had the vision and he was directed to give each a whole copy of the vision. Revelation 1:1-9 is the introduction to John's testimony of the vision. Just as John is real, so to are the churches to whom he was writing. The rest of us are simply invited to read, hear and keep the testimony. While they are the first recipients the rest of us are called upon to apply the revelation to our day and keep it for the next. Though its fulfilment is future, it had a present application for them then and for each of us who were to come aft
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  2. 1Timothy115

    The beauty of creation

    We're having a spectacular fall...here's some color.
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  3. Rebecca

    The beauty of creation

    Tonight's sunset was spectacular! I took several photos, but since my phone camera doesn't have a panoramic setting, I took a video instead. This was taken from the roof of my house.
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  5. Good for them. You wouldn't contact trace or provide minute-by-minute coverage for a nasty flu - good on them for not pretending this is the end of civilization as we know it.
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  6. Tonight Trump announced that he and his wife have tested positive for covid. Now, there are a lot of thoughts on the thing (I'm not convinced it's a pandemic...a virus, yes). But the fact remains that they've tested positive, so we need to pray for them.
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  7. The severity of this virus aside, governmental bodies as well as any institution of power and influence have used this opportunity as a social experiment to see just how far the people of this nation will allow them to restrict our liberties.
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  8. Based on our averaged stats (so including all the people over 80 who have died), I have a slightly better chance of drowning than dying of Covid. Surprisingly, the government has not instituted warning signs or snorkels around bathtubs.
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  9. Preaching/teaching is not necessarily a pastor-only job, so those preaching/teaching are not necessarily limited to pastoral requirements, whatever they may be. Teaching in particular may done by women (to other women or children), so that obviously would not be linked to the position of pastor.
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  10. Bill, I hope you are old enough to understand that socialism is the precursor to communism. No more reply to you, so you may as well stop contacting me. Communism 'the form of government' not some obscure situation you may have personally encountered is godless. People living under communism who desire Christianity want to leave their country for that reason. I reject your left wing ideas out of hand. You on the other hand, although deceived, may very well be a nice guy. P.S. I voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence already.
    2 points
  11. SureWord

    No More Lockdowns

    It was all bunk. Socially distance and where masks around certain folks, yes, but to destroy a whole nation just to get Trump out of office is lunacy.
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  12. Please pray for my friend Laurie. Her husband Doug died of Covid-19 this morning, Saturday, October 10th. Doug was also a friend. We found we had a number of things in common. Both of us were in the Army in Germany when the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961. We both were in interested in history. Put Laurie, and all wives and husbands who have a spouse suffering with Covid-19. Thanks.
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  13. That is kind of a wimpy response to the topic. Seriously. No disrespect, mind you, but to keep the Sabbath as holy has an entirely different meaning than keeping every day holy. Holy means "set apart, sanctified'. If you keep every day holy, what is it holy from? What is it sanctified from? The Sabbath was holy, in that is was different or holy from all other six days, in every aspect of how a person lived. We can certainly dedicate each day to God, and so should we, but that is different than keeping every day holy-if all days are holy, then none are, because how can they be holy from each o
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  14. The very same words can be used to describe seasonal flu. No one, including this video say the virus is not real. It simply exposes the over reaction of authorities, as well as the fact that the testing for Covid 19 is not just flawed, but known to not be effective.
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  15. Covid 19---Crime against humanity? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr04gHbP5MQ
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  16. Big deal. People catch colds and flu all the time. Are we gonna stay in a bubble wearing masks forever more? The flu season two years ago was terrible at the school I work at and I guarantee if you stuck all of us who were sick into a nursing home we'd wipe the place out.
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  17. I learned last night of the passing of Bonita Sharp. We met her when she came to college while my husband was in school. She married Gene Sharp and they have had a ministry setting up radio stations all over the world. She leaves behind her husband, 5 kids, sister, parents, and a slew of friends. We know, as Christians, that she is in Glory. She kept her appointment and was ready to go, even though it was unexpected - a head-on collision in a rain storm. But the grief for those left behind is very real, as those of us who have lost loved ones know. Please pray for the family.
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  18. My nephew's wife caught the Wuhan virus and she wore a mask all the time even sometimes at home. She had a sore throat for two days then recovered. Now I'm not saying it's a fraud or it doesn't effect some people worse than others but it's part of life and destroying a nation's economy and morale over what essentially is a cold virus is foolishness. Next they should change the speed limit on the interstate to 10 mph and make everyone wear helmets because people may be killed or hurt if it's kept at 65-70 mph. And definitely nobody over 55 is allowed to drive.
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  19. As to the issue of whether or not they “have their reward”, are doing it “to be seen of men”? Probably not, only 2-4 people are likely to know (unless they use an accountant or are audited.) If they do as one man I knew of many years ago who had his check sticking out of his shirt pocket with the dollar figure (on the right side of the check) visible as he shook hands around the church (of over 1000 people) - well, he already received his reward!
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  21. Here is a article where some high-profile lawyers German lawyers are in the process of suing the Leftists' Globalist Agenda for using the COVID-19 pandemic, initiated by the communist Chinese, and supported by the tyrants, anarchists, deceived individuals, in America, Europe, and the United nations in an effort to destroy our Constitution, Democracy, and the rule of law. Here is the Link: https://thenewamerican.com/huge-lawsuits-coming-against-covid-totalitarians-and-con-artists/ And here are some of the excerpts from the article: "Totalitarians and con-artists who hyped and ex
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  22. Alan

    The Local Church.

    Brethren, As I previously mentioned, "...eventually..." we will discuss the 7 churches in Asia as recorded in Revelation 1:11 to chapter 3:22. I am in the process of starting this study on the 7 churches in Asia. So, please study Revelation 1:11 to chapter 3:22 in preparation for this study on the local church. God bless you all. Alan
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  23. It is not a return to the earth but it is a return for his church "in the air". It is His Spirit that lifts us to the air and Christ has gone from heaven to the air in order to initiate the reunion and meet us there. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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  24. We personally do not celebrate it. When our son was little, we would pass out candy with tracts to the kids who came to the door. Josh enjoyed handing it out and seeing the costumes. Now...we still don't observe. We live in the country, sort of, so we don't get anyone knocking on our door. We do, however, have 2 Sunday School girls who love Halloween. Their mother does, as well, and so they look forward to it. They are, in fact going to be gone the next two weeks to their aunt's house, where they will celebrate with a lot of activities. In a way, that takes it off our shoulders of having
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  25. I have found this all too true. Writing is hard work. Perhaps this should have been put under humor. You know often we have a choice of crying or laughing. I prefer laughing.
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  26. Yeah, you can see that here. Alberta is traditionally very conservative (think Texas level), except for the cities might be more liberal, and the heavily student areas around the universities are more socialist. In the last election, you could clearly see the strongly immigrant-settled areas of our major cities by the areas that voted socialist.
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  27. Brother, I hope he gets your answer because his question is two years old.
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  28. Well, you are both correct and incorrect - According to our Lord's own words in Luke 23:43, He most certainly DID go to "paradise." However, our Lord's own words do NOT include the indication that this "paradise" was some "area of hades." In fact, God's OWN Word in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 indicates that "Biblical paradise" and the "the Third Heaven" are to be equated with one another.
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  29. I agree with bill, all except for the last sentence. You have a choice, you can go to the doctor of your choice. If you are a female and not comfortable with a male doctor, don't go to one. My experience with a female doctor may be different than others, but the one I go to I find very competent, personable and knowledgeable. She makes the patient feel comfortable and even jokes about any possible male/female concerns. On one visit we talked about this subject and she said that I would find that she was much gentler than a male doctor. I just don't get this idea that all gynecologists are
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  30. That sounds very good and all, but that isn't the same thing as the observance of the Sabbath as a holy day. God sanctified the seventh day; HE set it as different from other days, though that would not have any effect on mankind until Exodus 16-what you are doing, in saying you consider every day as holy, tells me you don't understand either what God did, or what the word 'holy' means. Now, if you tell me that you consider every day as a day set apart for God, I agree with that; but in the context of the Sabbath, the seventh day, it isn't the same thing. For the Jews it was clearly set
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  31. Jim_Alaska

    No More Lockdowns

    Funny; it was these kinds of suggestions several months ago that were being removed from the social media platforms as harmful or fake news! https://www.theepochtimes.com/who-official-urges-world-leaders-to-stop-using-lockdowns-as-primary-method-against-ccp-virus_3534230.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking
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  32. Agreed. I'm all for voluntary social distancing and community efforts to stop a virus from being as severe but the draconian government lockdowns of businesses and people is a clear violation of constitutional and basic human rights of self determination.
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  33. HappyChristian

    New Website!

    Thank you! All the credit goes to missionary Andrew Canavan. I've sent him the info/pictures and he's done the putting together. Our church was without a pastor for 5 years before my husband was called. And that pastor was here for two years, we think. But we can't find information that we need to give a basic history, so I'm trying to pick the brains of some that have been part of the church for years. We may have to skip the history and just begin when my hubs became pastor.
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  34. Trump was taken to Walter Reed Hospital earlier today, as a precaution. Apparently he wasn't slowing down his work. He'll be there for a few days. He is getting medicine that will help clear it up. I completely disagree that "social" distancing has done anything to prevent the spread of the virus, nor do pieces of cloth. It is my opinion, and it is supported by many in the medical field. Of course, there are others in the field who believe the opposite. I believe in liberty, and I think Americans are smart enough to know to stay home when they are sick.
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  35. John Young

    New Website!

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

    New Website!

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

    New Website!

    That is a cute little international airport! Your website looks very sharp. I want to visit Vancouver Island one of these days, and if the borders allow, was thinking it might be fun to drop by for a visit.
    1 point
  39. Sabbath is part of the Mosaic law, which Paul said is bondage. That to observe days and months and times and years, made Paul worried that he had spent all his time on them in vain. Careful observance of Sabbaths, of New moons, of feasts and festivals, particularly those associated with Judaism and the law, meant they were trusting in those things, rather than the simplicity of faith in the grace of Jesus Christ for salvation. So in a sense, yes we were told not to.
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  40. Personally i feel that this subject is a non-issue.
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  41. On the seventh day God rested. The Sabbath was not one of the things laid on Gentile believers at the Jerusalem council, led by James.
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  42. PastorMatt

    New Website!

    Looks great
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  43. For all who may be following in the audience, A number of times in this thread discussion I have asserted that the basic meaning of the English word "hell" is "the place of the dead," and that it includes two possible meanings -- (1) the grave or (2) the place of eternal judgment for the wicked. Allow me to present the following evidence for the assertion. In Noah Webster's dictionary of 1828 (facsimile edition), we find seven definitions for the English word "hell." The first two of these definitions are as follows: 1. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after d
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  44. Once again, what does God's OWN Word actually say about this place called "paradise" --
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  45. Lol, that makes me think of something....Are skeletons immodest?... they are not wearing clothes.
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  46. Interestingly, I just recently went to get some x-rays on my back, first time I have seen a doctor for anything in 15+ years. And got a female. Had to drop trou, but she gave me a covering, so I maintained my modesty. Though she DID see my bones, so not sure how I should feel about that.
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  47. I know this is an old thread but it doesn't have to be an issue of "opposite sex" here. My brother had a male doctor (a man who was once a deacon in his church) proposition him during an examine. He even exposed himself to my brother in the examination room. These days you may have more issues with the same sex than the opposite. I've had two female doctors who were very good doctors (I still credit the one for saving my life) and there was never an issue. I guess this all depends on the individual and I would imagine it would be more of a concern for female patients with male doctors es
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  48. In looking through my resource material I cam across this article from the US Census that I thought might give a good addition to your local church thread. I will include more as I search for material. Bureau of Census for 1926 United States Department of Commerce "It is a distinct principle with Baptists that they acknowledge no human founder, recognize no human authority, and subscribe to no human creed. For all these things, Baptists of every name and order go back to the New Testament. And while no competent Baptist historian assumes to be able to trace a succession of Baptist ch
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  49. 3. As you're able...as the respondent permits...and as time permits...give them the actual gospel. Don't side-step the gospel for a popular modern-day derivative or anything less. They need to know and understand that the Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins according to the scriptures (and what that entails). They need to know and understand that he was buried (and what that entails), They need to know and understand that he rose from from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures (and what that entails). 1 Corinthian 15 Don't give them a quick ABC (A - admit that you're a s
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