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  1. 10 points
    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I apologize for my lengthy absence from Online Baptist. The past year has been quite difficult and I'd not had the energy to spend the time here I'd hoped. As the Lord permitted, I was given strength to write articles for a Christian publication ("Rapture Ready") for over the last 2-3 years, and spent what energy I had on that. I also have been away so long I had no idea where to post this, nor under what topic. So please forgive me if I erred. My photo from before has disappeared as well, and I likely didn't upload a replacement properly either. The news I have to share today is that the time has come not to say "good-bye", but to say: "We'll meet in heaven." I have stage four cancer. I'm not going to pursue chemo nor radiation (etc.), but have instead signed on for Hospice. The cancer has spread to lymph nodes and bone (likely other places as well). At least one tumor has also spread to to local areas (invasively) and is inoperable. It would only prolong the suffering to try any attempts at chemo (etc.) at this point. It's urethral cancer, which is not only rare, but also extremely aggressive. So there isn't much time left. No doctor can give an exact time-line. But the oncologist said 5 months would be the absolute maximum. Honestly? I can't see it being more than a month, maybe two at most (just my opinion - going on how miserable I am and how quickly it's spreading and tumors are enlarging and manifesting here and there). But the Lord alone knows. His will be done. I do so appreciate prayer. However, I humbly request that none would pray for healing; but instead pray "God's will be done". And if you would, please pray for pain relief and continual relief of pain. I also request that you'd pray for the Lord's comfort for my family and dearest friends during this time. Very much appreciated. Although I'm saddened that this is hard for my parents, children, grandchildren, and dear friends; I think most of them understand that I'm not (personally) sad about the prognosis. As most know, I've had primary progressive MS, spinal cord disease (syringomyelia) and myriad other health issues for over a decade. Life has been an "existence" for many years. One I appreciated still, but was often very painful and difficult. I've been house-bound and bed-bound for several years now. I am looking forward to a release from the pain and suffering in this life, and anticipating the fulfillment of promises God has made in His word for eternity to come for those who've trusted and believed on Jesus for salvation. Please don't pity me in the least. "...I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (2 Tim.1:12). God has given me the "peace that passeth understanding" (Phil.4:7) and keeps my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I also have the firm comfort and assurance of the pre-trib rapture, wherein all church/grace-age believers will meet the Lord in the air. The "dead in Christ shall rise first", then those who 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." The Lord will soon give church/grace-age believers incorruptible bodies just like Jesus own glorified body (1 John 3:2; Phil.3:20-21; 1 Cor.15:49-53; 1 Thes.4:13-18; et al) at the rapture. While some brethren here may disagree with this doctrine, I am fully convinced of the scriptural surety that the rapture is indeed pre-tribulational. And that Jesus has promised to deliver us from the wrath to come (1 Thes.1:10, 5:1-9; Rom.5:9). So also do I know that scripture proves the rapture to be imminent (nothing need proceed the timing). However, I also believe the rapture is now much more than imminent, but also must soon occur, as much of end time Bible prophecy is aligned in stunning accuracy. I would never dare set date. Yet we are given to know and discern the season which we are now in. Brethren and sisters, I do believe that the rapture is so near that should I physically die first, I do believe all in Christ will soon be raptured and we will all meet together in the air. I very much appreciate the fellowship and past discussion here on OB. So many dear brethren and sisters have touched my life, edified me, and I count you all a blessing. Continue on serving the Lord, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord, and that His word does not return void. Much love, See you soon. Maranatha!!!
  2. 5 points
    Matt Souza

    How God Funds His Work…

    I started our church 3 years ago. If we waited to have funds to do things, we would not have accomplished much. As long as we followed God, He has always provided. God has been good.
  3. 5 points
    DaveW

    Baptists

    No. To be clear, this site is about Independent Baptists, not just about "Baptists". Some "Baptists" do consider themselves part of the protestant movement, but in general IB churches are INDEPENDENT from all denominations, and are not a close and solid group, but a bunch of independent churches that have similar doctrines because we try to follow the Bible. As to the actual term "protestant" - that is technically referring to those people who were protesting against the Catholic church, and this happened during what is known as the "reformation" where these people were tyring to "reform" the Catholic church "back to the truth". Problem is that the Catholic church was never a true church following the Bible anyway, so to "reform" them is to take them from an unbiblical position to an older unbiblical position. There has however always been a group of people who have tried to follow the Bible alone, and it is this group that IB tentatively trace our heritage back to - not protestant, not Catholic, but Biblical.
  4. 4 points
    Jordan Kurecki

    What do you think?

  5. 4 points
    Jerry

    It’s Only After

    It's Only After Roses are so beautiful that we forget that thorns cause pain, We often forget that rainbows only come after the rain. Sometimes the sun is hidden when storm clouds are in view, It’s only after the rose is picked that it will bring great joy to you. It’s only after the storm subsides that peace comes to calm the seas, It’s only when the light turns on that the shadow suddenly flees. Sometimes we only learn, to appreciate the light, After walking through the darkness, in what seems like blackest night. It’s often only when you miss someone that their worth is realized, For iron sharpening iron, is a blessing in disguise. You may lose your dearest friend, yet there will always be another, Still, Jesus is the best of friends that sticks closer than a brother. It’s only when you see you’re lost, that you truly can be found, It’s when you admit your poverty that Christ’s riches can abound. It’s only in losing yourself that you find life’s joy at last, And sometime in the future, the Lord will heal the past. It’s only after you pray in faith, that the peace of God transcends, And only after your faith is proved, does the trial come to an end. It’s only in surrender to the Lord that brings end to inward strife, It’s only after dying that we rise to endless life. It’s only after travailing that comes the joy of a child’s birth, Only after the tribulation comes the new heaven and new earth. Only after a seemingly endless night, comes the dawning of the day, It’s only in eternity that the former things are passed away. It’s only after the sorrow ceases that comes the soothing of the pain, And just before the darkness passes that the Morning Star shines again. After the tests and trials are done, the Father wipes all our tears away, And we’ll live with Christ, our Saviour, in eternity’s endless day. August 29th, 2000 Jerry Bouey and Angela Trenholm 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. Romans 8:28
  6. 4 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Lazarus Sleepeth

    Hi Patrick. First, I think it's important to point out that Lazarus didn't go to heaven; he would have gone to Abraham's bosom...which was in the center of the earth. You may be familiar with the account of the rich man and Lazarus (the beggar)? When both died, the rich man went to hell, and Lazarus went to Abraham's bosom...which were separated by a great gulf. It was only after the resurrection of Christ that people who were saved went to heaven. Next, I think it's important to point out that we don't know whether Lazarus described his experience to others or not. The Holy Spirit has given us all of the account that he wants us to know. Always remember that just because something isn't recorded in God's word, that doesn't mean something did or didn't happen. However, we do have a description of what Lazarus would have experienced in the account of the rich man and Lazarus (the beggar). Finally, I think it's VERY important to point out that God would never contradict himself. If one verse claims a specific thing, but another verse "seems" to say something different, then it requires more study. I think the answer to your question regarding Ecclesiastes 9:5 is found in the very next verse... 5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun. Basically, it's saying that those who die unsaved will no longer have any knowledge of what goes on in this world any longer. So no...I would say that it doesn't prove soul-sleep. Take care!
  7. 4 points
    Salyan

    Birth control for health issues?

    I get suspicious when I hear doctors prescribing birth control pills to solve other problems. This evil culture seems determined to sterilize people at all costs – discouraging committed marriage, encouraging transgenderism and homosexuality - I would not at all be surprised if the trend toward using birth control pills to solve other problems is one more way of producing this effect. I did some research on this once and found that regular use of birth control pills can produce long-term fertility issues – even long after stopping the use of the pill. Whether single or married, if you hope to have children someday, you should avoid using it. Just seems that with all the medicines out there today, there should be some that will produce the same effects without the abortionaid effect.
  8. 4 points
    ...and it astounds me how anyone can believe that different "bible" versions, which say different things, and teach different doctrines could believe that such differences are okay.
  9. 4 points
    Salyan

    Reply to Lust

    James, I think there are some wise mentors among the men here who may be able to help you with your struggle. However, a mixed forum is really not the best place to discuss this. May I suggest that you join the forum (as a member, not just a guest)? You can then continue this discussion in the men’s area.
  10. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Steven Anderson

    Most folks here know of my position regarding allowing our congregations to be influenced by forces outside of our own local church. In this respect I cannot help but think that there could be no NFIB "movement" if the pastors of our local churches were not allowing themselves to be influenced as "followers of men" rather than followers of Jesus. If we are feeding our own flock properly there is no reason for them to look outside of their own local church. If our people are taught properly they will reject error themselves just as a mirror reflects a true image of that which is placed in front of it. The Steven Andersons of this world could have no influence outside of their own congregations without pastors and other church leaders being influenced by them. Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Now someone might argue that those who are influenced by the errors of others can in turn influence our members from within our congregations. Again, if we are following Jesus and not men, we will be teaching and preaching truth and correct doctrine. If we are doing this under the leadership of The Holy Spirit, then the truth will prevail and serve to "weed out" possible trouble makers. 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. It is difficult for some pastors, as well as church members to go through this process, but preaching and adhering to the truth will result in separation, as it should in order to maintain the following verse: Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. What I have said above could be encapsulated in this one verse: Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
  11. 3 points
    DaveW

    Steven Anderson

    Have you been directly involved with Steven Anderson? We had a young man who went to the US for the specific reason of joining himself to the ministry "because no one else cares about serving the Lord like they do". (This young man left a great, God serving, soulwinning church by the way. He came back to Australia and came to our church for some months before moving to NSW.) He was with Steven Anderson for 18 months before he left. They ABSOLUTELY 100% do teach them to door to door soulwinning by the 123 method - this is first hand from one who was taught, trained, and participated in their soulwinning program. They can say they don't but this is first hand info brother. They also don't really follow up on them after telling them they should be in church on Sunday. By the way this fits perfectly with their claim to have seen many many thousands saved and yet they have a church which varies between as low as 60 and as high as a couple of hundred. In the 18 months this young man was there they were up and down in numbers like a toy. Partly because Anderson kicks out anyone who challenges him in any way. Again, this is first hand account, not hearsay. And they openly state that homosexuals can't get saved. They may "accidentally witness to mor e homosexuals", but what does that matter, for they are taught that these people are beyond redemption. This is public information. And Anderson and his followers falsely accuse good, hardworking Pastors. I know of a guy in Qjeensland! QUEENSLAND! Half a world away, who was subjected to Anderson attacks. My goodness, this guy is a false teacher, an Israel hater, an attacker of the brethren, and poor testimony of Christ, a user of crass and sometimes foul language, and one who is leading many on a path of at least bad testimony if not false salvation. One day I might even express my real feelings on the matter....
  12. 3 points
    I would personally strongly prefer a woman doctor, but would be thankful for whatever medical help I can get! I suspect that most women would prefer female doctors and midwives, but the fact is that they are few and far between. This mindset of 'women must not be seen by male doctors ever' is very dangerous, as it has prevented women from receiving medical attention. Historically there have been far more male than female doctors. Isis shut down medical ob-gyn clinics to avoid the possibility of women being attended by a male doctor. The practical effect (for the women) was that they were without medical assistance entirely. Not cool! There is a time and place for moral concerns, but I strongly suspect that this particular attitude, historically, has been far more about misogyny than morality. It hurts women (and children). I notice that Mr. Anderson isn't saying anything about men seeing lady doctors - funny how his concern about supposed immorality in the medical profession only applies when it is women that are seeking medical attention!
  13. 3 points
    Matthew 24:29-31, After the tribulation 'they shall gather his elect.' Matthew 24:29, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” “… after the tribulation ...” these events will take place. Matthew 24:30, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Revelation 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred's of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 is the fulfillment of the prophecy by the prophet Zechariah. Zechariah 12:9-14, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” “...with a great sound of a trumpet ...” In Numbers 10:1-10 God commanded Moses to have two trumpets of silver made for eight (8) reasons: “For the calling of the assembly.” “For the journeying of the camps.” “For the princes to assemble at the tabernacle.” “For an alarm.” “For days of gladness.” “For the solemn days.” “For the beginning of the months.” “For the sacrifice of the peace offerings.” Two of the specific reasons was for the “calling of the assemblies and journeying of the camp.” Numbers 1:1 & 2, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them, for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.” The context of the passage will tell us the reason for the blowing of the trumpet and who blows the trumpet. So, the trumpet in Matthew 24:31 was to call together, by angels, the Jews, the elect, from around the world to assemble the congregation in Israel. The 7 angels in Revelation 8:2 are given 7 trumpets to sound an alarm for war and for judgment and not for calling an assembly for any reason. Therefore, the angels sounding trumpets in Matthew 24:31 are not connected to the 7 angels given 7 trumpets in Revelation 8:2 The root word of elect is to choose. Concerning the house of Israel being the elect, the Apostle Paul clearly states in Romans 11 that God has not cast away His people, His elect, His chosen, the Jews, and that, in every age, there is a remnant of the chosen Jews. Romans 11:1, “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin… Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Therefore, the “elect' in Matthew 24:31 is the saved remnant of the house of Israel. The prophet Isaiah also prophesied the gathering of the Jews from the various nations of the world. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:11 & 12 The prophet Ezekiel also prophesied of the gathering of the Jews from the various nations of the world. Ezekiel 28:24-26, “And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them: and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.” The Lord Jesus prophesied, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:31 The words of the Lord Jesus prophesying the gathering of the “elect,” or, as Jeremiah states, “the house of Israel,” or as Isaiah states, “the outcasts of Israel,” is in fulfillment of Jeremiah 23:7 & 8, Isaiah 11:11 & 12, and Ezekiel 28:24-26 God said, “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:6-9 God, because of His mercy and His faithfulness, God will keep this, and all of the other, “oaths,” promises, and covenants that He made to the Jewish race. Every word, of every oath, promise, covenant, and prophecy given to the Jewish race will be fulfilled. The Lord Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35 The Lord Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18 The oaths, promises, covenants, and prophecies given by the Old Testament prophets, are literal and every word, every letter (or tittle), will be fulfilled as written to whom the prophecy was written to. In the context of Jeremiah 23:7-8, Isaiah 11:11-12, Matthew 23:37-39, and Matthew 24:31, the meaning of the word “gathering” is to bring the Jews, the elect, in a gradual process, from the four winds of the earth, from every nation, as Moses gathered the house of Israel together in Egypt, as a hen gathers her chicks, and the shepherd gathers his flocks, back to the nation of Israel. Therefore, the “elect” that the Lord Jesus refers to in Matthew 24:31 is the the saved remnant of the house of Israel that is gathered from the entire world and returned to the land of Israel during the 7 Year Tribulation period. Conclusion Therefore, in Matthew 24:29-31 we read of the gathering of the Jewish remnant from the nations of the world “after the tribulation.” This gathering is in fulfillment of the prophecies of the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and Zechariah.
  14. 3 points
    Alan

    Do Not Interpretations Belong to God?

    Genesis 40:1-23, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” Only God knows the future. In the Bible, God recorded all of the knowledge of the future that God wants us to have. The Bible is the word of God and can tell us what is important. The philosophy of man, the religions of man, the interpretations of man, and the idols made by men, cannot help a person when he dies. The interpretations of man, false religions and prophets, are erroneous. Joseph is an example to the every Christian who wants to have a close relationship with God and walk in the Holy Spirit. God gave us the story of Joseph to show us how to walk with God. In Genesis 40:1-23, in the confines of a prison, while suffering tremendous adversity, we can see several fruits of the Spirit in this passage in the life of Joseph: longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith. Galatians 5:22 and 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Because Joseph walked in the Spirit of God; he could have the proper interpretations of the dreams. Verse 1-8 Interpretations belong unto God. Astrologers and false prophets cannot accurately foretell the future. The reason why we have so many different interpretations of the prophecies of the scriptures is due to the fact that false prophets, and false teachers, cannot accurately interpret the scriptures. The apostle Peter clearly stated that only holy men of God, using the scriptures as their standard, can properly interpret the scriptures. 2 Peter 1:20 and 21 says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” “… but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Because Joseph was ‘holy,’or as Galatians 5:23 states, ‘temperance,’ God gave him the proper interpretation. The meaning of temperate is; (1) marked by moderation: as, keeping or held within limits: not extreme or excessive; and, marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship. A saint cannot be ‘holy’ without having ‘temperance’ in his character. Daniel 2:27 & 28, “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these.” The false prophets, and false teachers, in the churches, the false gods of the Taoists, the Confucian, and the Buddhists, cannot reveal the end times. Only the Bible can give us the events of the end time. The prophecies of the scriptures are true and will come to pass. Joseph was a true prophet. God gave him dreams and Joseph could interpret the dreams of others. In this story God gave us two examples. As with Daniel, God gave Joseph the proper interpretation and Joseph gave the honour and glory to God. “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these.” Daniel 2:27 & 28 Even though Joseph was in prison unjustly, Joseph still had goodness in his life to help the Baker and the Butler in their trials of life in the prison. Please take note that Joseph saw the sadness of these men and had an inward desire, without the prospect of a reward, to help both of these men in their sorrows of life. Is not this act of goodness, this act of kindness, without any prospect of reward, like the goodness and kindness of the Lord Jesus? “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 Verse 9-13 The dream of the Butler. The butler told Joseph the dream and Joseph told the the butler the correct interpretation of the dream. Only God could have told Joseph the interpretation. Verse 14 and 15 Joseph's Request and Testimony. Joseph asked the butler to make mention of him to Pharaoh. Joseph then told the butler his story. Joseph reminded the butler that he did nothing wrong. The life of Joseph, as the life of the Lord Jesus, was above reproach. Verse 16-19 The dream of the Baker The chief baker told Joseph his dream and Joseph told the baker the correct interpretation of the dream. Verse 20-22 The Fulfillment of the Two Dreams The interpretations of Joseph were correct. God gave the interpretation to Joseph and Joseph told the interpretations of the two dreams to the butler and to the baker. The dreams were fulfilled in public. As with Daniel, God gave the correct interpretations of both of the dreams. The interpretation of a true prophet is always right. Deuteronomy 18:22, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Verse 23 the Butler forgot Joseph Man forgets, but God does not. In God's proper timing, and in His proper ways, He will fulfill His will. In the life of Joseph we know that he had a good relationship with God. Even though he is in prison, he did good, the butler forgot him and Joseph remained in prison. Even in intense adversity, Joseph was kind to those around him. In spite of the other peoples failure, Joseph still trusted in God. In spite of his still being in prison, Joseph still trusted in God and did good. Joseph, throughout his life, and in this instance, had longsuffering, gentleness in adversity, goodness and faith.
  15. 3 points
    HappyChristian

    Candlelight

    I'm sure several of you remember Candlelight. She was an active member here for quite a while. She and I were out of touch for a while, but recently reconnected. She has asked me to post this prayer request. She was diagnosed with cancer. She has had surgery and the cancer removed. But she is in a lot of pain and still has a ways to go for recovery. Thanks for praying!
  16. 3 points
    DM1962

    Pastor Clifford Dartt

    TRC, I hope you are well. I just came across this page while looking for info on Pastor Dartt's Navy Cross medal to share with a marine from our church. This is Doug McMasters. So encouraging to see your post here.
  17. 3 points
    heartstrings

    Mosque and parking

  18. 3 points
    Sister Ronda, words fail me this morning as I read your announcement. I have prayed for you on reading this post and will continue to pray. Please know that your time here on these forums has not been in vain. Many, myself included have been blessed by not only your presence here, but also by your life, faith, ability and dedication to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am also thankful to our God for His mercy, love, grace and promises to be with us through all the storms of life. He has reinforced these things as evidenced by your life and testimony. Thank you for having the courage to share this most intimate information with us. Go with God knowing that you have been loved and appreciated by those who your life has come in contact with.
  19. 3 points
    Alan

    Lazarus Sleepeth

    Very profound and one of the keys of learning the scriptures. What God has not told us is for our good just as much as what God has told us is for our good.
  20. 3 points
    Alan

    America is not Mystery Babylon

    Hmmm?? Interesting. A lot of prophecy teachers seem to think that the United States is either MYSTERY BABYLON or a "daughter." Let us see what our friend Steven Anderson states concerning MYSTERY BABYLON: “At one point, it was the tower of Babel, in the plains of Shinar. Then it was Babylon. Then it was Rome. I believe now, it's the United States. United States is the new Rome. The United States is the new Babylon.”1 As far as I am concerned, they are wrong. The United States is not, repeat not, either MYSTERY BABYLON, nor a daughter. 1Anderson, Steven Revelation 17 copied on April 1, 2019 <http://www.faithfulwordbaptist.org/revelation_17.html>
  21. 3 points
    Ukulelemike

    Baptists

    Indeed-agree with DaveW. Most see the catholic 'church' as the end-all, be-all of Christianity until the 16th century, when Luther, then others, split off and started the reformation, and that's where all other churches came from However, that isn't the case. All during the reign of Catholicism, which is NOT Christian, there were many other churches in existence, some good, some bad. Anabaptists were some of them; this was a name given to them by the Catholic church as an insult. It means "re-baptizers", so-called for their practice of baptizing former-Catholic converts when they became saved. Generally, this was shortened to 'Baptist' by some, while others maintained Anabaptist. These groups have grown and become various groups, like the Mennonites and Ahimsh, some independent Baptists, Independent Fundamental Baptist, etc. So true churches always existed from the time of Christ to the present, not part of any 'denomination'.
  22. 3 points
    HappyChristian

    Why Large Families?

    Yep, folks are "entitled" to their opinions...but when we bring God into it, our entitlement goes out the window. We are to follow scripture as our guide, not our opinions (which are far too often based on emotion or experience rather than scripture). IF our opinions are grounded in scripture, then great. So, robycop, while I am not denigrating your opinion (which you stated earlier is based on your experience as a cop), please do share actual scripture which gives credence to your opinion. If the Bible actually teaches that we are to only have the children which we can afford, we should all know that. (I do want to add here, though, that I do believe God will tell each family when "enough is enough" - and that is based on the scriptural principle that God leads the husband to lead his family [well, if said husband is saved and following scripture] in the way God would have them go...of course, then it is very unlikely that children will run afoul of the law [note that I said very unlikely, not impossible...each child makes his/her own choices]. Faux Christianity breeds law breakers. True Christianity does not.) BTW, roby, I just noticed that you are located in southern Ohio. My hubs and my son are both Buckeyes, but from the Cols area. Randy's parents are from the southern part, though. His family that still lives there live in the Pedro area.
  23. 3 points
    DaveW

    Salvation

    Agreeing with Jerry, in the first instance it is an unreasonable and unbiblical request, but in any case we need to look at the verse. Mat 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Would you show us where this verse mentions salvation AT ALL? It mentions a reward for works, but it doesn't mention salvation. And if you think it is talking about salvation, then show it WITHOUT providing other verses. You see how unreasonable that is? If you will allow other verses to be used we can easily show the exact judgement of works. You might consider 1 Cor 3: 11-15 and Rev 20:11-15.
  24. 3 points
    New discoveries do not equal new creation of creatures or plants. I’m sure there are many living creatures in various places on the planet that mankind still has a lot to learn about (such as some of the fish, etc. at thr bottom of the sea, and in unexplored areas of different rainforests, for example).
  25. 2 points
    Totoosart

    Happy Easter

    Greetings, i'd like to wish everyone a very happy Easter Sunday and may the Lord bless us with His Grace and Love. Totoo
  26. 2 points
    DaveW

    "Good" Friday?

    The only thing that can be said for certain is that the tomb was empty when the ladies arrived at the tomb before dawn. The actual time of the resurrection is not precisely defined, only the time that the tomb was found open. I might suggest though that Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for the burial, is not as important as the fact that the tomb is indeed empty.
  27. 2 points
    DaveW

    Mosque and parking

    I have to vent for a bit...... Some of you may know that we have the honour of having a mosque right next to our church building. Well in the more than ten years I have been here we have had an ongoing battle with their people using our carpark on Fridays (their normal day of getting together and bowing to false gods.) I have tried everything I can think of to stop them, from asking nicely, leaving notes on the cars, leaving tracts on the cars, waiting and talking to individuals...…. I have emailed and spoken to their leadership who constantly say that they do what they can, but nothing seems to change. They suggested that I close our gate on Fridays. So I have finally taken to closing our gate and today I go to get a coffee in our kitchen that looks out onto our carpark and lo and behold, the gate is open and a car is parked in our car park. I immediately go out to close the gate again and the guy is returning at that moment, so I ask if he opened the gate. He says yes he did. I ask him why he thought that was OK, and from there ensues an argument where he says it is a mistake and I say you don't open a gate and park illegally by mistake. Then three other guys come over and gang up on me, and try to "calm things down" - now I was a little heated but I was under control. Then they proceeded to accuse me of being disrespectful because I refuse to accept that opening a gate and parking illegally fits the definition of "a mistake". Also, the guy said he used to be able to park here in the past...….. I have been here for more than ten years and never had an individual muslim seek permission to park in our carpark..... One of the guys said "I can't say what I want to say to you because it is Friday and I am not allowed"...... I would not be surprised to find that we have damage to our building in the next few days. OK, I think I am done now......
  28. 2 points
    Alan

    Steven Anderson

    I appreciate your answer. If you will notice my recent studies I have been not attacking Anderson; but, what he believes doctrinally and I have tried to show exactly why he is in error by the scripture. I would like to repeat what I mentioned earlier. Anderson is out to destroy any IFB church he can. In my estimation, because all IFB churches believe in soul-winning, Anderson, and his followers, are using intense soul-winning efforts to infiltrate good churches in an effort to destroy the church from within.
  29. 2 points
    Alan

    Steven Anderson

    The Lord Jesus said, "The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10 Among his other heretical beliefs, after hearing Pastor Steven Anderson plainly state in the video that he out to "destroy" the Independent Baptist churches I consider him, and his followers, a thief that is out to destroy any IFB he church, pastor or missionary. Pastor Anderson, and his followers, are out to destroy, and try and kill, and steal sheep, of any IFB church they come in contact with. I am not going to debate whether or not he is a cult leader, or the NewIFB is a cult. In my estimation, Anderson is a worse wolf in sheep's clothing than any cult, modernist, or liberal church in the neighbourhood. In my estimation, Anderson, and his followers, are deliberately infiltrating IFB churches in an effort to destroy them.
  30. 2 points
    Jerry

    Steven Anderson

    How do they have a right heart for soulwinning when they have the wrong doctrine on who can be saved? They don’t witness to homosexuals, they just flat out condemn them and tell them they are going to hell (which they and every other lost person is going to IF they don’t repent and trust the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of salvation). Also, they deny the need for repentance - when the Bible teaches repentance AND faith. Repentance is changing your mind about your sin (ie. now believing what God’s Word says about it) and turning your heart from those sins, which will result in a change of conduct if they truly turn to Christ to save them (ie. it’s not reform or turning over a new leaf, it’s hating the sin you once loved and trusting in the Saviour to forgive and cleanse you of those sins).
  31. 2 points
    Neat'o! Double neat'o! ...and you've performed the DNA tests yourself to prove this statement? ...super-duper neat'o superifico! mmm-hmmm.
  32. 2 points
    Actually, it is very easy to dismiss his use of these scriptures: 1. This presupposes that this medical procedure is sinful, it does not designate it so. 2. This is talking specifically of spiritual nakedness, not physical. 3. This specifically speaking in terms of sexuality. Not one of these specifically applies to the medical issues you are talking about, in which no sexuality is the subject. Don't get me wrong, I actually lean towards your position. But Steven Anderson once again takes verses out of context, and misapplies them, and draws conclusions based not on the Bible, nor on facts, but from his own twisted mind. Even in this he is walking in dangerous territory. I personally would prefer a woman doctor for my wife and girls, and a male doctor for myself and my boys, but would prefer above all else the best doctor available. But I think it is a hard matter to "prove" biblically.
  33. 2 points
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the ‘After the Tribulation’ Gathering in Israel The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that “at one time” the Jews were God’s elect, or chosen, people, and that those who (Orthodox Jews or religionists in Christendom), teach that the Jews will be gathered back to the land of Israel are in error. Please take careful note. To the Jehovah's Witnesses, “Christendom” is completely apostate. First. The Jehovah’s Witnesses state at one time (not now), the Jews were God’s chosen people. “Bible prophecy proves beyond a question of doubt that the nation of Israel was at one time God’s chosen people. The Orthodox Jews and many religionists of “Christendom” believe that Bible prophecy foretells that the Jews will be regathered once more into their “Holy Land of Palestine.” They claim that that time is now here and that their effort in that direction is in fulfillment of these prophecies.”i Second. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the gathering of the Jews in fulfillment of Jeremiah 32:37 occurred after the Babylonian Captivity. This is a partial truth. They ignore Jeremiah 23:5-8 that clearly prophesy of a more permanent, complete, and different, gathering And, they believe, that the ‘Israel of God,’ or, ‘Jews inwardly,’ or, ‘spiritual Israelites’ have now become the ‘gathered’ people. “They [ apostate Christendom ] do not realize that the first or miniature fulfillment of that promise [ Jeremiah 32:37 ] applied to the Jewish remnant that returned from Babylon in 537 B.C. and that the major or complete fulfillment applied to the “Israel of God” made up of ‘Jews inwardly’ or spiritual Israelites who come out from captivity to this Babylonish world. ( Galatians 6:16 ) From and after A.D. 1919 these have been gathered into the earthly condition of Jehovah God’s favor as his witnesses and as ambassadors of his kingdom established in the hands of the Messiah.”ii Third. The Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the future restoration, or gathering, of the Jews in fulfillment to scripture. “If more Jews are in the future gathered to Palestine, it will only be a political, humanitarian gesture, and not of God’s provision according to prophecy. God’s promises concerning restoration are being fulfilled upon his spiritual Israelites, Jehovah’s witnesses, who are the remnant of faithful followers of His Messiah.”iii Fourth. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it is a false hope in the mass conversion and regathering of the Jews to Israel. “The facts and prophecies prove that the natural Jews will never again be a chosen, regathered people. They have as a people flagrantly rejected the Messiah, his truth and his kingdom. It is a false hope that they must be regathered to Palestine and be converted in mass to Jesus Christ prior to his second coming and as a sign of the early establishment of his kingdom.”iv Please take careful note. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are careful to say, “Palestine,” and not the nation of Israel, or the land of the Jews, or Israel. Also, like Philip Mauro, Pastor Steven Anderson, and many other false teachers who teach Replacement theology, use terms, in a derogatory and sarcastic, manner, such as, ‘natural Jews’ or ‘Israel after the flesh,’ in an effort to discredit, humiliate, and to try to demean the sons of Jacob. The Jehovah’s Witnesses misuse Jeremiah 32:37 and Romans 11:1-2. They ignore Jeremiah 23:5-8, and dis-believe the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the prophecy of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24:31 Conclusion. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the events, ‘after the tribulation,’ that occur as written in Matthew 24:29-31, in their own way, are symbolic, or spiritual, in nature. They teach that there is no restoration of the Jews in the land of Israel and no mass conversion as a nation ‘after the tribulation.’ Basically, the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses concerning Matthew 24:29-31 are similar, not exactly alike, to the beliefs of Preterism and Steven Anderson. i Let God Be True, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, (Brooklyn: NY), 1946, Page 198. ii Let God Be True, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, (Brooklyn: NY), 1946, Page 205-206. iii Let God Be True, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, (Brooklyn: NY), 1946, Page 207-208. iv Let God Be True, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, (Brooklyn: NY), 1946, Page 208-209.
  34. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Vision\Angles

    I have to ask this, and I'm not requesting for you to answer...I merely would request that you honestly think about the question and answer it honestly within your own heart. Did you truly find that the Bible was wrong...or...did you find that what you had been taught that the Bible says was wrong? There's a huge difference. Over the years, I've come to realize that some things that I was taught about the Bible was wrong. Did it affect me? Oh yeah...it sure did. Now...I've never believed in any type of Charismatic doctrines; such as, healings and miracles "at the will, the request, or the demand of man". Even as a young Christian, I saw the fallacy of that, and I couldn't understand how folks could buy into it...and many folks literally BUY into it. Yes, I believe in angels...but not in the way that you're implying. Visions? In the way you're implying? No. I believe that the Holy Spirit can impress...or lead a believer...but as far as visions...no. A few of the things that I once believed (and later learned weren't true) did cause me some issues...just being honest here. However, it never caused me to turn away from Christ. What it did do was this...it caused me to study God's word more deeply in order to find his truth. My issue was never with the Bible; the issue was what man told me the Bible said... One last question. Again, I'm not asking you to answer here...answer honestly to yourself and in your own heart... You stated that your faith was once the most important thing for you. What was your faith truly grounded in...was it grounded in God's word, or was it in grounded in what you had been taught that God's word said? Many people are deceived by false doctrine, because they put their faith in what man tells them God says instead of studying God's word for themselves to see if it's true. Not all Christians believe the same. That would be similar to saying all Americans are the same. Some Americans hate America. Some Americans love it. Some Americans kind of like it, but they would love it if they could take away America's freedoms so that it would become a Socialist country. They can all claim to be Americans, but in their heart is what separates them from being true Americans.
  35. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Vision\Angles

    To assume that all "Christians" believe in the same doctrines is erroneous. He has come to the wrong place for that. If the OP writer is still here, please share with us what denomination you belonged to. What you will find is that the long-time members here don't subscribe to such things as you described. Belief isn't about miracles and such...it's about a daily walk; wherein, the believer becomes more like Christ. We are molded more into his image...instead of us molding him into a puppet on a string.
  36. 2 points
    Funny - Israelites today refer to themselves in a general sense as EITHER Jews or Israelies, but they refer to their tribes specifically. I know several Jews and Israelies, and have spent some time among Jews and Israelies and today they do not make the distinction you keep pressing. And that includes those who are NOT of Judah, Benjamin, or Levi but still proudly refer to themselves as Jews. And of course there are many Israelies who are not Jewish, but Arab Muslim, and a number who are Christian of varying breeds. You are just wrong. Why do you disrespect these men of God by using such infantile nicknames for them?
  37. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    No real news, just pretty much the same. He's in constant pain - has had a couple of weeks of bad nights. He has tried to not take much in the way of pain meds, but he's had to up his intake (he's still below what the doc has allowed, though). The hospitalist told him that his foot would take a long time to heal. He thinks the nerves are reactivating in the foot, because he's getting sharp jabs of pain several times a day. He sees the doctor again this Friday to see if he can go back to work or not yet. I don't think he's going to make it yet. We had to cancel the nursing home service for this month (the first Sunday) again. Hopefully in May we'll be able to get back to it. He had me call, but the activity director wasn't in. The executive director was the one who answered the phone. When we first started, the then activity director told us we couldn't visit the residents - we were disappointed, because there was no way for us to get to know them other than just the one Sunday we are there, thus not being able to encourage folks to come to the service. But!! the ED told me it would be fine for us to visit the folks who come to the service! That all we have to do is knock on their doors! AND she said we could pass out fliers. Amen! So, even with these problems, we are seeing blessings.
  38. 2 points
    Jerry

    Antichrist will come from

    Many Americans. How about many people from all over the world.
  39. 2 points
    Psalm 89 ends with the psalmist longing and asking for the sure and tender mercies of David that were promised to all men through David's house and covenant of Mercy. This shows us that this Spiritual house given to David by God was not just for King David but for all men who would join themselves to the Builder of that house and to David's descendant, the Christ, the Holy one Of Israel, King Jesus. (Isiah 55, Acts 13:34) In the first three parts of Psalm 89 we are shown, with great confidence, the eternal plan of God, building a spiritual house of Mercy for us in the heavens and his ability to perform all that He has promised and finally the example of his covenant of mercy to us all as seen through the covenant of David. Yet in Part 4 of Psalm 89 we are brought back to the "here and now" by Ethan the Ezrahite, who is trying to reconcile the loving kindness God has for David and His promises to us, and his power, with their feelings of forsakenness, their sufferings, loss and destruction he sees them experiencing in the present times. We see that Ethan does not ask "why" God has chosen to allow thees things but asked "how long", showing that even now his groanings are not in doubt but in hope and longing for the final fulfillment of all things that were promised. In this final sermon of Psalm 89 we summarize the chapter and encourage Christians to have faith in the eternal promises of God and that He is working even presently to bring them about, even in times when it is not apparent. Like the Psalmist, and even more, Christians can take comfort in the Promises of God through faith in Jesus Christ, the son of David, who said He was departing from us for a time to continue preparing rooms in that same Spiritual house for us. Until we reunite with Him in heaven, and as Paul, Christ's faithful servant and Apostle, said, He has gone on before us and has given us the "Ernest of the Spirit" to keep and prepare us for when he finishes his divine plans for eternity. John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. To me Psalm 89 is one of the greatest Psalms of the Bible that has helped grow my understanding of bible theology greatly. It is my hope that God will bless the Christian as they study and apply it to their own understanding and that God might open the riches of its wisdom to you, giving you assurance in your eternal salvation and comfort in your times of suffering. Amen. Preached: February 20, 2019 Wednesday Night. By Pastor John Young, at Edgecliff Baptist Church, Spokane Valley, WA. (Please like, share, and subscribe to the channel for more Bible Sermons!) #TenderMercies #SureMercies #lovingkindness #MerciesOfDavid #SonOfDavid #JesusChrist
  40. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    Baptist News Articles

    As you have seen, we have a section on Online Baptist called Baptist News. This section is for articles that are Baptist related and cover things like church, humor, opinions, and more. I would like to announce that @PreacherE has decided to help write articles for us on Online Baptist. I look forward to reading his articles and learn from the insight that God has given him. If anyone else is interested in writing articles, please shoot me a message as this would be a good opportunity for you to get publicity.
  41. 2 points
    DaveW

    Dealing with the World

    Pro 15:1 (1) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Mat 5:44 (44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Sorry to use Bible on you, but it works. Don't let them get you angry - answer them as softly as possible. Humour can help, if you can do funny, but not in a snarky way. And pray for them - I find it is hard to be too angry with someone if you are praying for them.
  42. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    Starting on a new adventure

    Thank you for the update. We also had a purge after our first year of starting the church. 75% of our church left. I have found in my 3 years of pastoring/church planting that people don't leave over doctrinal issues. In our case it was incest aoung a family and other things I will not go into. God has blessed us since then. Just keep staying strong for the Lord, He will bless you.
  43. 2 points
    Jerry

    Before They Call, I Will Answer

    This beautiful story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa... One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). "And it is our last hot water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. "All right," I said, "put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm." The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died. During prayer time, one ten-year old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. "Please, God," she prayed, "Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon." While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, "And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?" As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say, "Amen"? I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything, the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator! Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there, on the verandah, was a large twenty-two pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend. Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out - yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could. Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, "If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly too!" Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked: "Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?" Of course, I replied! That parcel had been on the way for five whole months. Packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that afternoon." "Before they call, I will answer." (Isaiah 65:24)
  44. 2 points
    Ukulelemike

    Insects and the Flood

    Indeed, many sea creatures survived because they remained in their element. It is possible there may be other survivors we don't even know about-I think we may know 50% of what is in the oceans. Consider its only recently that we obtained photographic evidence of one of the larger sea animals, the giant squid, because they tend to remain deep. What else is lurking down there? I have heard of instances of very large great white sharks that are tagged, suddenly disappearing off the radar, as though something much bigger made a quick lunch of them.
  45. 2 points
    Alan

    Patriotism

    I fully agree with the statement on America by President Donald Trump.
  46. 2 points
    I agreed with all but the last. "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." - Genesis 2:1 It's generally not true that new things are discovered every year. In most cases the locals knew about them long before the scientists burning up their grant money arrived on scene.
  47. 2 points
    Rebecca

    What came first?

    For a Christian, the phrase, "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" is a simple answer: the chicken of course! Genesis 1:21 - "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good." For an evolutionist, the answer is .... complicated. I saw this video on youtube and thought they did a good job describing how a chick can breathe inside it's egg. The entire process of a chick forming is very intricate, but looking at just the shell of the egg and how it was created to protect the forming chick inside as well as provide it oxygen is so complex, that it couldn't have come about by happy coincidence. Everything about it points to a designer and creator. *note: I do not know the man (probably not Christian, I don't know) presenting the information in the video, but it's in an easy to understand format and interesting to watch and as far as I could tell, presented only facts and not theory* https://www.icr.org/article/3
  48. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Lust

    Regarding the original post; salvation is not a system of "do's and don'ts. Salvation is instead about having the blood of Jesus Christ applied to your heart and soul as payment for your sin. It is about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which, if it is real will result in a changed nature that does not "want" to sin. 2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
  49. 2 points
    Salyan

    Archaisms in the KJV.

    Okay, I think we need a break from this subject for a bit. Robycop, you were told that it is rude to come in and attack others’ beliefs on their own forum. I personally gave you some leniency because I believe there is room for discussion on what it means to be KJVonly. Some think the KJV supersedes the original manuscripts, yet the manuscripts are how God has preserved His Word through history. You have, however, repeatedly shown that the only authority you will accept in this area is yourself, no matter how contradictory your position may be. I am hereby, in my capacity as moderator, issuing a cease and desist order. This topic is on hold for you; do not attempt to discuss it further.
  50. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Archaisms in the KJV.

    This argument is a "Straw Man" and meant to deflect answering a genuine opinion from someone else that views the subject differently. I've studied the qualifications and credits of the original translators and I will take their translation abilities over yours in a heartbeat. Oh, and I'll also take their ability in the form of the KJV. Please keep in mind, although I am certain you have; that this message forum is exclusively KJV and will remain so long after you have gone, as will my opinion. If you came here with the intention of changing it, or to cause trouble over our use of the KJV, you may as well give it up, you will not succeed.
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