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  1. Alan

    Blessings with Tracts.

    About three weeks ago, while passing out tracts, I had placed a tract on a public phone. Yes! A few public phones in this technological changing world still exist in Taiwan! The next Sunday a man and wife, who were visiting in the area, came for church services. In the introduction they let us know that they were already Christians, were visiting the area, and found our church through a tract placed on the top of a public phone. The wife then took the tract out of her purse and showed it to the congregation. The couple loved the Lord and were thankful for the tract. They visited the churc
    5 points
  2. My Chinese friend Wu Cheng suffered from respiratory problems. Most of the time he could control it through some sort of meditation he developed himself. But there were times when he was in Alaska that it overcame him and I hauled him into the ER where they were able to get the attack to subside. Unfortunately when his Visa ran out and he had to return to Beijing, the smog there was his undoing. Within two weeks of his return he was found dead in his apartment by one of his students. I still, after twenty years feel his loss very deeply, while at the same time rejoicing that; in the time
    5 points
  3. PastorMatt

    Job Interview

    Praying for you my friend.
    4 points
  4. False religions usually either start with a false prophet, or false teacher, and then usually, eventually, create a false Bible to supplant the real set of scriptures. For example. The Mormons started with a false prophet (Joseph Smith) and wound up having a set of false scriptures, the Book of Mormon. Mohammad, a false prophet, eventually had a false set of scriptures, the Quran, to supplant the real Bible. Here is the link to the Wikipedia article that has a more detailed history of the Quran.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Quran Here is a somewhat abbreviated, bu
    3 points
  5. One of the direct benefits attributed to President Trump's leadership in DE-regulating many of the previous administrations business anti-business decisions is that the export of American goods to other countries was a 14-positive monetary gain for the United States in the trade deficit. This is good news for American business and therefore to the American manufacturing base and attendant workers employed in those factories. The New American records, "The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on Wednesday that exports of goods from the United States jumped from $90 billion in May to more t
    3 points
  6. Old Testament believers DID experience divine justification (as per the example of Abraham, see Romans 4 & Galatians 3); and divine justification IS divine salvation (as per the forgiveness of sinful guiltiness, the imputation of divine righteousness, and the deliverance from eternal condemnation).
    3 points
  7. According to God's Holy Word, repentance and faith are both necessary for salvation, wherein Biblical repentance precedes faith and directly leads to Biblical faith in Christ as personal Savior. As such, neither Biblical repentance nor Biblical faith are Biblically definable as a work. However, through the manner in which some define "repentance" (not Biblically, in my opinion), they turn it into a work. Thus I believe the controversy has been generated. Rather than argue for a correct/Biblical definition for repentance, some just argued against the idea of repentance altogether.
    3 points
  8. I myself would contend that using the title, "Age of Grace," for the present dispensation of time is a misrepresentation. I would contend that this present dispensation of time should rather be called the age/dispensation of the New Testament church. I myself would contend that our Lord God's characteristic of "grace" (graciousness) has been a part of His eternal, unchanging character since eternity past. I myself would contend that our Lord God first administered grace unto mankind when He delivered the first promise of a coming Savior in Genesis 3:15. I myself would
    3 points
  9. Scripture for this statement would be very helpful. You are overthinking what Grace is. It is simply the unmerited Favor of God. Genesis 6:8 (KJV) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    3 points
  10. The Lord Jesus stated, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here." The Lord Jesus condemned the religious lost of His generation because they did not repent. When a person, like the Ninevites, or the thief on the cross, repents from the heart and trusts in God, as in the Old Testament saints, or a belief in Christ, as the New Testament saints, they are eternally saved. The Ninevites were eternally saved, spiritually, and then God, because He saw thei
    3 points
  11. Yes, the thief did repent...he started out casting aspersions at Christ along with the other thief: "...and they that were crucified with him reviled him." (Mark 15:32b). This shows the nature of their hearts - mocking Jesus, reviling him right along with the crowd. However, something happened to one of the thieves. As time went on, it seems he began to realize that he deserved his punishment, but Jesus didn't. God had begun to work on his heart and mind...yes, I said God had done that, because it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. At one point, we even see the fruit of r
    3 points
  12. That must have been very encouraging Bro. Alan, I know it would be for me. So many times you never get to know who your tract may have affected, or even who may or may not have actually read it.
    3 points
  13. Negative: there is ONE canon, and a whole bunch of false ones. THE canon of scripture ended sometime shortly after 90AD, which is roughly the time John was given the Revelation on Patmos. The canon of scripture was set and accepted by the churches as authentic and complete. The first complete translation into a different language of the entire New Testament was produced somewhere around 125AD, the next around 150AD, so we know the canon was both complete and agreed upon throughout Christendom, if you will, long enough before that for it to be written, by hand, into a different language b
    3 points
  14. And so, I am compelled (by one who specifically engaged me) . . . Indeed, Paul DID teach allegory from the Old Testament Scriptures - UNDER THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Indeed, the Book of Hebrews DOES reveal that some things in the Old Testament Scriptures are a shadow of things to come - UNDER THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. So then, when YOU teach an allegory out of the Old Testament Scriptures, which is not somewhere specified as such within the Holy Scriptures, are you also doing so UNDER THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT? If y
    3 points
  15. Does the heart of the Lord God ever become "merry with wine?" (See Esther 1:10) Does the Lord God proclaim His commandment unto His people while He is "merry with wine?" (See Esther 1:10-11) Does the Lord God cast aside Israel, such that their "royal estate" is permanently given unto another? (See Esther 1:19) Does Jesus Christ ever instruct faithful Israel to hide their character from the Lord God? (See Esther 2:15-20) Does the Lord God promote, advance, and set the antichrist above all other authorities? (See Esther 3:1) Does the Lord God give commandment that all others should bow
    3 points
  16. SureWord

    Job Interview

    Well, I want to thank all those who prayed for me. I did not get the position I interviewed for but the doctor who did the school physical for my present job (I drive a school bus for PK through 2nd grade) passed me and told me who couldn't understand why the other doctor flunked me on my CDL physical. So I get to keep that job. It's going to be a rough school year with all these Covid regulations in place. Everyday I go to work I'll have to get my temperature taken, wear a mask at all times and constantly sanitize everything. The kids will have to remain 6 feet apart and wear masks. That
    3 points
  17. SureWord

    Job Interview

    So recently I've lost both my driving jobs; one because they canceled all the bus trips due to coronavirus and the other because I failed my yearly CDL physical due to my Type II diabetes. I have an interview this Friday for a really good job that came "out of the blue" totally surprising me. Without God the deck would be stacked against me in getting it but maybe ya'll can petition the Almighty on my behalf. Thanks.
    3 points
  18. To a question from a church member concerning the same context, I presented a recognition that there are four categories of conflict for consideration: 1. God versus government. When this conflict clearly exists, it is our responsibility to "obey God rather than man." 2. Government versus personal preference. When this conflict exists, God's Word commands submission to government. 3. Government versus another part of government. When this conflict exists, decision making is much more difficult. (Which part of government has the more valid authority? Which decision will m
    3 points
  19. Personally I think that recent posts attributing almost anything having to do with salvation being seen as a "work" is getting old.
    3 points
  20. Smog is an unfortunate side effect of most large cities. I am beyond thankful that I live in a smaller sized city and for the most part the air is clean and I can see the stars at night. Once in awhile we have visitors from the larger cities on the other side of the island and one thing they always comment on, is that they can see the stars at night. Unfortunately I don't have a camera that can take night time or starry night pictures, so here's a photo of the beautiful scenery I get to see when traveling from one city to another, if I choose to drive. If you look closely, you can see th
    3 points
  21. All these pictures are so beautiful. If you guys ever want to see some great pictures of smog, let me know and I'll take some high quality smog pics.
    3 points
  22. On the extreme southern end of Taiwan there is a Kenting National Park and several other parks and scenic areas that a lot of people like to visit due to the beauty of the area. Along the southern coast is "Sail Rock."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sail_Rock_(Taiwan) Due to the unique shape of the rock, especially the long 'nose' sticking out, the silhouette reminds the American community of President Richard Nixon. So, may I present unto you: "Nixon's Rock" Photo by Alan
    3 points
  23. I do understand that the word "Protestant" is used as a generic term by many. Personally I object to it simply because it implies that anything not Roman Catholic is Protestant. This is probably true for most, if not all Protestant Christian churches, but is definitely not true for Baptist churches. The world wants to lump Baptists in with Protestants, which they are not and never have been. So, I am very cautious when someone tries to teach that Baptists are Protestants. But I don't want to drag your thread off topic, so I will leave it with these two quotes showing why I object to
    3 points
  24. I think that you have not provided enough information for us to understand the primary point or contextual purpose of your question. Do I think that such confusion sometimes occurs? Yes. Do I think that such confusion necessarily occurs? No. Do I think that some might accuse others of such confusion, but actually be wrong in their accusation? Yes. Do I think that my "politics" should be completely separated somehow from my Biblical Christianity? NO, GOD FORBID!!!! In fact, I would forcefully contend that my "politics" and my discernment of "politics" should EVER AND ALWAYS be sub
    3 points
  25. Alan

    Job Interview

    A lot of folks have lost jobs due to the pandemic; so do not get despondent. I will be praying for you and your job interview this morning. May God bless you in your search for a job.
    3 points
  26. "LEAWOOD, Kan. (BP) — Pastor’s wife Marilane Carter has been missing since Aug. 1 when she departed her Overland Park, Kan., home, reportedly to seek psychiatric care in Birmingham, Ala. The Overland Park Police Department said in a press release that Carter left her home around 8:15 p.m. Aug. 1 and was last heard from Aug. 2 when she was near Memphis, Tenn., about 450 miles into her trip. Leawood Baptist Church Lead Pastor Adam Carter, Marilane’s husband, has joined a search party covering a 3-mile radius around the place her cell phone was last used. Associate pastor Jason Fra
    2 points
  27. Bill, I think defending Islam is not a good thing, or even appropriate for this forum. Islam is and always has been a murderous false religion. Their history proves this is true and it is true today also. It is a favorite ruse for those that try to defend Islam to always try to put forth the idea that not all Muslims are radical; I and many other people, both Christian and non-Christian simply do not believe that propaganda. Well I remember seeing the gleeful spectacle of thousands cheering in the streets when the Twin Towers came down, that is the real Islam. For you to try to compare Ch
    2 points
  28. ???! How can faith in ancestors and land save one's soul? A lot of Asians have that type of faith. What was the deal with Issac then? Was that not of faith in what was to come? Abraham knew what he was doing was a figure of his faith. Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. John 8:56 Your father A
    2 points
  29. The OT saints were saved just as we were, due to the Cross of Christ, and them placing trust and faith in the promised messiah!
    2 points
  30. Agricultural Warfare
    2 points
  31. The Bible does sometimes do that by the writers who wrote by inspiration. No biblical writer though ever says that Esther is any kind of allegory. I don’t understand this hermeneutic that tries to see spiritual connections and figures in every historical account of the Bible. How is what you are doing any different then me saying Noah having 3 sons represents the trinity? Just because you happen to see some similarities doesn’t mean God intended for all the historical accounts to be allegorized. Esther is a story about God providentially working to preserve his people thus fu
    2 points
  32. Ezekiel 45:8, “Free from Oppressive Princes” The prophet Ezekiel makes an interesting observation concerning the governmental authorities, ‘princes,’ under the Kingship in his vision from the Lord in Ezekiel 45:8b, “and my princes shall no more oppress my people.” Besides the sons of the king, the ‘princes’ would include any administrative official under the Prince. Thus it would include the elders who made decision for the people, the judges who sat in an official capacity in Israel, and others making decisions for the populace. In Numbers 1:1-16, after Moses took the sum of the children
    2 points
  33. Brethren, A quick update. Due to problems with creating the new website, along with the time needed for the ministry (among other things we have a church Youth Camp this week, I have not had the time to finish the PDF internet study. Once we get the new website operating properly the PDF study will be one of the first things accomplished. Alan
    2 points
  34. Through the direct leadership of President Donald Trump, even during the COVID_19 situation, President Trump has been DE-regulating the business choking regulations of the previous administrations. Author Bob Adelmann, on The New American website reported, “Overall, said the president, his administration’s success in rolling back regulations is adding an estimated $3,100 a year to each household’s income. He added: “The previous administration added over 16,000 pages of heavy-handed regulations to the federal register. That’s why nothing got done. Under my administration we have removed n
    2 points
  35. Early morning in the Czech Republic.
    2 points
  36. Gee wilikers folks, seems to me that President Trump is UNIFYING the Republican party. I will give you only a partial quote on the Rush Limbaugh article on, "The Trump Magic is Alive and Well in GOP Primaries." But, after you read my quote on how President Trump is UNIFYING the Republican party you need to read the rest of the article on how President Trump is, as the Republican Party used to be, patriotic, America first, protect the work that the founding Fathers established, and preserve the greatness of American history. Rush Limbaugh stated, "So there were some primary runoffs la
    2 points
  37. Jim_Alaska

    Canon of Scripture.

    I wrote a devotional on this subject that can be found here.
    2 points
  38. Jim_Alaska

    Canon of Scripture.

    Bill, there is no Scripture that says there was a church before Pentecost. But rather it is a teaching derived from the events of Scripture. In the following Scriptures I list you will see the unfolding of the beginnings of the first church that Jesus built. ************************************************ 1 Corinthians 12:28 (KJV) And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. So Apostles were set in the church first. Now we have to ask when this h
    2 points
  39. Thanks for your input Rebecca. Your concern is duly noted and it is hoped that future posts will stick to the topic as you originally posted it.
    2 points
  40. Thanks Jim. As OP of this thread, I would like for it to stay on topic of showcasing God's creations, not man-made creations.
    2 points
  41. Jim_Alaska

    The beauty of creation

    That mosaic has nothing to do with the beauty of creation. Totally man made and depicting Joseph as "Holy", as evidenced by the halo.
    2 points
  42. Uh Oh! I just took the cognitive test, failed, could not sign my name properly, could not remember the few numbers in order, saw four animals instead of three (I was sure there was a mouse in that diagram), got the hands on the clock wrong, got mad at the psychologist, could not draw a straight line,and now they are kicking me out of the my retirement home. But, that is ok with me, they took my drivers license away last year and I could not remember how to walk back back to the retirement home anyway! Oh well, back to the basement!
    2 points
  43. 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
    2 points
  44. Yea, I live in Hartford county and I can get to Hartford in about 20 minutes.....Let me tell you, it is much worse now. Please be praying for the city of Hartford as their is no Bible believing church in the city. A city of 125,000 (people keep moving out in droves) and no good church.
    2 points
  45. Is the system of politics moral ? (i.e. no matter what party or who is in?) For clarity, and/or confirming as the Bible Says, what is a "good soldier" (disciple of Jesus) supposed to do today concerning all the politics and affairs of society ?
    2 points
  46. Because we lead the world in liberty and freedom, and we are willing to take responsibility for your choices. Also because the numbers have been terribly overblown due to a lot of fudging the numbers. What a president does or doesn't do, will have little effect on a virus. It will work its course, no matter what. I happen to believe that I am God's and my day and cause of my death is already written, so no matter what I do, it will not change that. So I use my freedoms, rarely wear a mask, go out and about as I please, while also taking care of my health in a general manner, and trust the Lor
    2 points
  47. NY and NJ both placed sick patients in Nursing homes causing a very high death rate in those states. In NY alone over 4,000 sick people were placed in nursing homes. Notice that both states have very liberal governors that blame their problems on Trump.
    2 points
  48. Politifact is leftist propoganda. You might as well call it Pravda-fact. The majority of deaths occured because liberal governors placed sick patients into nursing homes as happened to one in New Jersey that my cousin managers. Eighteen residents died because of that decision while 130 of the 135 residents there got sick as well as most of the nurses and staff. Also, if you believe the numbers that came out of China, where the crematoriums could be seen burning via satellite, then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Just be careful not to get shot by a "protestor" while you're t
    2 points
  49. There are many things we want in abundance. Choices. Opportunities. Results. But what the first-century church had in abundance was trials. The apostle Peter said they were “in heaviness through manifold temptations” (1 Peter 1:6). They had trouble coming at them from every angle. The modern American church is not used to this. Sure, we’ve had trouble in the past. But we’re in a season right now when trouble is coming at us from every side. There’s a worldwide pandemic that has drastically altered our ministry schedules and has repeatedly—almost weekly—forced us to adapt. There is civil
    1 point
  50. Actually the definition you are applying isn't the definition of repentance. The issue is taking the general definition of the Greek word that means "change of mind", equating that definition to simply a turning of the mind, and then applying that definition to the biblical context to claim the English word Repentance as used in the bible just means a mere turning of ones mind. Repentance is not not simply a change of mind about facts and figures or one object to another but also one of changing the heart towards whom one is repenting. I agree with you that repentance in salvation is not
    1 point
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