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  1. 4 points
    Alan

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    Brethren, Hope you like the accompanying photo. The Red Peacock Flower or sometimes referred to the Red Butterfly Flower the National Flower of the island of Barbados Fortunately for us on Taiwan, the Peacock Flower grows wild. The photo is for you to enjoy, is not copyrighted, so use it as you please. God Bless! Alan
  2. 4 points
    Believer (ish?)

    Closed Communion

    Thank you for your response. After two days of prayer, bible reading (KJV) and fasting, I came to the same conclusion. I have contacted the pastor, advised him that my sinful pride of being baptized where Jesus was baptized had been a sticking point which prevented me from asking to join the membership. I also asked to be baptized and offered to destroy the Jordan baptismal certificate, if he believed I should. He accepted me for local baptism and scheduled it for the 13th. He also advised me to keep the certificate and pride of that baptism, but to recognize that it's was meaningful to Christ, but lacked the scriptural requirements for a local church.
  3. 3 points
    Doc Flay

    Contrary Doctrine

    Good sermon and an excellent lesson in sound doctrine. It is sad that liberal thinking is so easily acceptable and comfortable to receive and live by. Its no wonder that some churches fall so easily and the congregation is made weak. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal.6:1 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Eph. 4:13
  4. 3 points
    One of the best expositions...if not the best exposition that I've ever seen regarding salvation in the Old Testament. One thing jumped out at me, and though I've read it countless times, I've somehow missed it up until now... Heb 9:14-15 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Thank you Dave.
  5. 3 points
    As has occurred in past discussions between Brother "Wretched" and myself, I am compelled to disagree with his position that the apostles were not regenerated until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. In John 17 our Lord Jesus Christ delivered a prayer unto the Father on the night before His crucifixion. Within that prayer in John 17:14-16, our Lord made the following statement concerning His disciples, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." Twice in this passage our Lord declared that His disciples were not of (that is -- out of as a source) this world in the same manner as He Himself was not of this world. So then, in what manner was our Lord Jesus Christ not out of this world? We find the answer in John 8:23-24, 39-47. In this passage our Lord Jesus Christ engaged in a discussion of rebuke against the Pharisees and scribes. In John 8:23 He declared in rebuke unto them, "Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world." Herein our Lord delivered two parallel statements of contrast. Against the Pharisees and scribes, He proclaimed that they were "from beneath" and that they were "of this world." As such, we can conclude that to be "of this world" means also to be "from beneath." However, in contrast our Lord proclaimed that He Himself was "from above" and "not of this world." As such, we can conclude that to be "not of the world" just as our Lord was "not of the world" means to be "from above" instead. Even so, since the disciples were "not of the world" as the Lord was "not of the world," they were instead "from above" as He was "from above." So then, what is the only way for a lost sinner to be "from above"? Answer -- to be "born of God," to be "born again." Furthermore, in John 8:42 our Lord Jesus Christ declared in rebuke against the Pharisees and scribes, "If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." As such, we can further conclude that to be "of this world" means, not only to be "from beneath," but also to not possess God as one's heavenly Father. Again in the opening portion of John 8:44, our Lord Jesus Christ declared in rebuke against them, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." As such, we can further conclude that to be "of this world" means to be "from beneath," to not possess God as one's heavenly Father, but to possess the devil as one's spiritual father. Finally, in John 8:47 our Lord Jesus Christ declared in rebuke against them, "He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." As such, we can further conclude that to be "of this world" is to not be "of God." Yet our Lord Jesus Christ was "not of this world," but was "from above" (as per His declaration in John 8:23). Even so, He was the spiritual opposite of these Pharisees and scribes against which He was delivering His rebuke. He was indeed "of God," and God the Father was indeed His heavenly Father. In like manner, His disciples, who were "not of the world" just as He was "not of the world," must also have been indeed "of God" with God the Father as their heavenly Father. So then again, what is the only way for a lost sinner to be "of God" with God the Father as his or her heavenly Father? Answer -- to be "born of God," to be "born again." In fact, to deny that they were "born of God" is to deny every occasion wherein our Lord Jesus Christ referred to the Father as their heavenly Father.
  6. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    When did the church begin?

    Pentecost was the empowering of the already existing church. The disciples were instructed to wait for this empowering. The church was already in existence at pentecost. The following are some scriptural evidences that the Church did not begin in the days of Abraham, or on the day of Pentecost, but rather during Christ's earthly ministry. The Church clearly existed before the day of Pentecost. 1. Jesus Christ said, "I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18) which He did during His earthly ministry. 2. The authority of disciples was placed in the church during Christ's earthly ministry (Matt. 18:15-19). 3. Jesus sang the praises of God "in the midst of the church" (Heb. 2:12; Matt. 26:30). 4. They had a commission to preach the Gospel before Pentecost (Matt. 10:5-7). 5. They had "the keys of the kingdom of heaven", and these were given to His church (Matt. 16:18-19). 6. They were baptized believers before Pentecost (Matt. 3:5-6; Jn. 4:1). 7. They had authority to baptize before Pentecost (Jn. 4:1; Matt. 28:18-20). 8. There was an ordination service before Pentecost (Mk. 3:13-14). 9. There were apostles before Pentecost; and the office of apostle was a church office (Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:28; Lk. 6:12-13). 10. They had a church roll of 120 members before Pentecost (Acts 1:15). 11. They had the Great Commission before Pentecost (Matt. 28:18-20). 12. About 3000 were added unto His church roll on the day of Pentecost; You cannot add to something that does not already exist Acts 2:41). 13. They had a business meeting before Pentecost (Acts 1:23-26). 14. They had a church treasurer before Pentecost (Jn. 13:29). 15. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was instituted and observed before Pentecost (Matt. 26:26-30). "... that he went into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day he called unto him his disciples and of them he chose twelve whom he named apostles. --- Luke 6:12-13. "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles. --- I Corinthians 12:28.
  7. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Bro. Mike, your church may be small, but when I came to preach for you it was very evident that the few that you had were attentive and interested in Spiritual things. Small towns tend to produce small churches since there are not many people to draw from, but I am sure you know that by now. Keep up the good work brother and know that your rewards will be proportionate to your efforts, which efforts are commendable in your little section of the country. God bless you as you serve Him.
  8. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Alan, When I still lived and worked in Alaska I had the privilege to meet and work with a Chinese man who became a good friend. We both worked for a scientific research facility. He was a Plasma and Atomic scientist from Beijing. His name was Chung Wu. He did not speak english well and we quickly made a deal for me to teach him English and him to teach me Chinese. The result was 50/50 he learned English and I did not learn Chinese. lol I still retain three words of Chinese, but that's about it, it is a difficult language to learn, at least for me. He had never driven a motor vehicle, only rode a bike in China. So I also taught him to drive, which made him very happy. We became fast friends with me inviting him to dinner at my house where we usually had language lessons after dinner. When he learned that I attended church he became interested and began to attend with me. We had many opportunities to talk about The Lord in private also. I believe he came to know The Lord at that time. He never actually gave a testimony to that fact, but he did show evidence of being saved in that he developed a burning desire to take his newfound Christianity back home to his people when he returned home. We had many private Bible studies together. Unfortunately shortly after he had to return to Beijing he passed away. I believe he is now with The Lord. He was a dear friend and I sorely miss him, but rejoice in his conversion and enthusiasm for spiritual things. I thank The Lord often for putting Chung Wu in my life and the opportunities we shared.
  9. 3 points
    Alan

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Jim, Thank you very much for the kind words and encouragement. We appreciate them very much. "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Proverbs 25:11 It is a blessing to all of us in relating that your church that you were saved in was a mission work. That speaks volumes of the missionary pastor and the folks who had a hand in starting it. I am sure in eternity there will be a lot of shouting when we hear the whole story. A new church plant with four missionaires! It took real courage for those early missionaires to go to Russia and stick it out. It is very encouraging to all of us in knowing that there are two good IFB works going strong. God bless all of you! Alan
  10. 3 points
    Ukulelemike

    Believers and the Law

    Interesting-the difference with my study, however, is that I was working from the point of the blood covenants-the Edenic, Adamic, Noahidic, and others were not covenants of blood, and the point there, is that they are very specific as to whom they apply. It is a very legal matter when dealing with the blood covenants. But there are interesting to read, and certainly true.
  11. 3 points
    WellWithMySoul

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    What a blessing...and a very timely one too! I had just read this account in Mark 6 this morning! Yesterday, I had been praying specifically about some trials that I've been struggling with, and so I believe the Lord has comforted, reassured, and encouraged me with this account of Jesus in both Matthew and Mark today! Truly....praise Him from Whom all blessings flow! It's so very exciting to me when there is no question that the pecious Saviour has answered my prayers. Proof positive...AGAIN...that He is ever there for me! I'm praising Him for working in and thru you, Alan....to put forth this devotional! I'm blessed beyond words, and greatly encouraged! Thank you!
  12. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    Many times the storms of life are the catalyst that causes people to look to the only hope of salvation that can carry them through the storm. Peter is a fine example of Christian life experiences; though the storms of life may at times cause us to falter, our faith in our Savior God will always carry us through. Ps 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Thank you for this fine devotion Alan; we all need to be reminded that He who created and upholds all things is more than able to hold us up amid the storms of life.
  13. 3 points
    KJV

    Babies Go To Hell!

    (Here is some advice before I give my returning argument. Before you go worrying about whether babies go to hell or not when they die, you should worry about you.) 1. Are you saved? Did you take Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and can you remember a specific moment? 2. Do you feel guilty about sinning? While saved people can sin, they have the power not to sin. Lost people neither know nor care that they sin. (If you have said “no” to either one of these, you might not be saved.) (Anyway, your argument appears to be more of a rant than anything else, because it is not well-supported and keeps jumping subjects.) (Your verses:) 51: 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (True: Because we are the offspring of Adam, we too have a sin nature. This sin nature is what allows us to sin, without being taught and at an early age.) Psalms 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. (This verse does nothing for your argument. (Note: Both verses you use come from the Old Testament.) Romans 7: 9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. (In this verse, Paul is saying that he was born spiritually alive, but when he sinned, he experienced a spiritual death. That is because, when a person commits one sin, they are guilty of the whole law. [James 2: 10]) Luke 16: 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; (Before Jesus died for the world, no one could go to heaven. Not even Abraham went; he went to “Abraham’s Bosom [as mentioned by Jesus in a parable] because God made the promise that he would not parish.) (You can’t hide from God in a “backward” country.) Mark 4: 22; Luke 8: 17 (God also manifests Himself to the whole world.) Romans 1: 17-20 (It is a “darkened heart” that prevents us from knowing Him.) Verse 21 (Know I am sure you know of the verse John 3: 16) For God so loved THE WORLD… (meaning that Jesus died for everyone. And while there is NO way for me to convince you or any other person to get saved, because it is only in God to reveal Himself to you, it is through hearing the Word that people can know.) Romans 10: 14 (Remember the “darkened heart”? In conclusion, we are “born alive”, then “die” with our first sin. In which time, our hearts are “darkened” to God. We then, hear the Word, which makes us more open to God’s Word, so that God is able to draw us to Him. We can then either accept or reject Jesus as Lord and Savior. And God speaks to all people at some point in their life, through his people, Christian missionaries who go all over the world. And since we are “born alive”, babies don’t go to hell.)
  14. 2 points
    Alan

    Fruit in the Life of Joseph

    Thank you Jim. I appreciate your thoughts. It was a blessing in my heart already in preparing the devotion. In this particular passage, as Joseph thought about the toils and afflictions that he went through, he naturally believed that it was God who brought about the fruit in his life. Joseph, as was Christ, among the other fruits of the Spirit previous mentioned, had inward peace, longsuffering, and temperance in their lives. Now, God, through prosperity, and then through adversity, is going to mightily use Joseph in the lives of not only the nation of Egypt, but in the lives of his own household. The fruits of Joseph, as the fruits of Christ, will be far-reaching in every aspect of the word.
  15. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Fruit in the Life of Joseph

    An excellent devotion Bro. Alan. All that you brought out regarding fruit in the life of Joseph rings true. I have heard and taught on the life of Joseph and especially on Joseph as a type of Christ, but had never considered the fruits he bore as such. Thank you for a wonderful blessing in posting this devotion.
  16. 2 points
    Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape" (Proverbs 19:5 KJV). "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish" (Proverbs 19:9 KJV). Often, in Scripture, when the word "witness" is used it is speaking of a spiritual, or godly, testimony. Of course, that includes lying to others, or bearing a false witness. In this instance I believe it is pointing to the false shepherd assuming to speak for the Lord, giving directions to the people, when he was not sent by God. And I doubt there is anything more loathsome to the Lord than a lying shepherd . . . "My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace" (Jeremiah 50:6 KJV). Someone presuming to speak for the Lord and telling lies to the people is forewarned that not only will he not escape [God's righteous judgment] but he shall perish [spend an eternity in hell]. I do not unjustly judge, for if a man preaches another gospel other than the one that Paul delivered of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a salvation of grace and not works - that man is accursed - and cannot possibly be saved himself for that would mean that he knew the true gospel and would teach it. Lord, help us to always carefully handle Your Word so that we do not allow error to creep in. We know we are saved, but in some areas of the Word we are prone to wonder into error. Help us, dear Lord, to rightly divide the Word of truth which has been delivered to us and preserved unto all generations. Amen.
  17. 2 points
    Alan

    "But the LORD was with Joseph"

    As we go through the life of Joseph in these devotions, I would like to express to all of you that God was with Joseph in all of the extreme trials that he went through. Joseph, as with all of God's saints, and the favoured nation of Israel, are led through the trials of life in order to know God, His will, and experience the work of God through our lives for our good and the good of others; Romans 8:28 As we can see in the life of Joseph, and his love for God, and his trust in God, God has been with Joseph and God will work out all things for his good.The Chinese have a saying, a proverb, that may be a blessing to you as it has been to me. 「天理昭彰」Translated into English, it says that, "The law of heaven always prevails." The will of God will be performed in the life of Joseph as, "... the LORD was with Joseph." May God richly bless all of you
  18. 2 points
    Alan

    The LORD was with Joseph

    Thank you for your testimony and thoughts about the homeless and how a person should deal with the extreme trials that can came to our life. I also appreciate the following comment that you made as it also pertains to this lesson on Joseph and being a servant in the house of Potiphar. "They failed to appreciate the fact and the vital life lesson that even though they had been demoted and lost their houses -- it was still a "step-up" from being homeless. " In my next devotion on Joseph, Genesis 39:7-23 (primarily verses 21-23), we will notice that even as Joseph is brought further down in the station of life, in prison, 'demoted' as you wrote, he still remains steadfast in his faith towards God, maintains his integrity, and works at his demoted station in life as diligently as before.
  19. 2 points
    *Light*

    Grace: It’s Meaning and Source

    Absolutely, Jim! Those who believe that Salvation can be lost accuse Eternal Security proponents of using Grace as a "license for immorality". That is NOT what we believe. The Word of God teaches just the opposite: that the Grace of God results in "godliness" and a pursuit of holiness and separation from the world. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. [Teaching us] that, [denying ungodliness and worldly lusts], we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and [the glorious appearing] of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11-13) Those who are truly saved by the Grace of God look for the glorious appearing of our Lord; and that is accompanied with us being purified through Christ dwelling in us. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, [when he shall appear], we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And [every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself], even as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3) God Bless!
  20. 2 points
    *Light*

    Spiritual Growth

    I didn't even know that this website had devotionals until a few days back. As mentioned by Alan, it is the Father who does the "pruning" so that we can bring forth MORE fruits in due season. And in that parable -- Jesus said that we can do NOTHING unless we "abide" in Him. The Roman Catholics and their pedophile priests put so much time and effort into "purifying" themselves, when all the while they're heaping judgment unto themselves with their self-righteousness which is a stench in the nostrils of our Lord God. God Bless!
  21. 2 points
    Ronda

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Thank you for the Chinese lesson as well as the teaching, brother Alan. And brother Jim, What a wonderful joy to have been used of the Lord to help lead Wu Cheng to salvation in Jesus! It's been a while since I have felt that thrill of exhilaration and pure joy that we get when someone isn't just interested, but actually believes and accepts Christ, even more when they (as had did) has the desire to evangelize his Chinese friends and family. (And as you said, his thirst for God's word being insatiable, you knew he truly had come to Christ). While there have been several people take an interest in God's word lately as I witness to the unsaved world, sadly, they are soon "turned off" (so to speak) when they find out that God isn't going to guarantee to grant their every wish nor fix all their worldly problems. I spent a good deal of time answering (with scripture) questions from a secular friend. She had (sadly) been watching a TV evangelist and was under the belief she would be healed and receive riches and prosperity in this life if she found a "prayer partner" to "pray in agreement" with her. It angers me greatly the harm that these false teachers and wolves have done. It was rather a long ordeal trying to deprogram her. And so I first started with the gospel. Sadly, she wanted to SKIP that.... and as you know we can't do that. Over the course of a few weeks, I then also explained to her that God doesn't work like waving a wand over us and fixing all our problems here on earth... but rather I took her to the scripture pertaining to eternal rewards instead. There is much more to this account, but in a short summation she really wasn't interested in eternal salvation, she (sadly) still was of the belief she is a "good person", even though I'd used much scripture to explain to her that we are all sinners in need of a savior, and all our good works of what we call righteousness are like filthy rags to God. I explained Rom.3:10 to her, and many others. I also explained that Jesus was the one and only acceptable propitiation (payment) for our sins, etc. She just wanted interested... she wanted immediate gratification, and all her worldly problems fixed "right now". She'd been brainwashed by the TV evangelist into believing if she just had someone to "pray in agreement" with her, all her worldly woes would be over :( She wanted immediate health and wealth... she didn't want to admit she was a sinner in need of savior, and there are no short-cuts to that! She wasn't willing to believe that Jesus died for her sins, was buried and rose the third day (1 Cor.15:1-4), in fact as long as she still thinks she is a "good person", it's not likely she will see her need for salvation at all, no matter the scriptural warnings. And that is one of the "better" experience I've had of late... most often I am cussed out, threatened, given "facebook jail" (24-72 hour bans) for posting Bible verses that offends anyone, and mocking... always the mocking from those who believe their "god" is false science (1 Tim.6:20). I truly hope it is not this way for everyone, and that there are still some coming to Christ in the world. These are truly the perilous last days forewarned of in 2 Tim.3:1-7,13. Not just that, but a marked increase in those whom God Himself has turned over to a reprobate mind (Rom.1:18-32). Receptivity of the unsaved is at an all time low that I've ever seen in my lifetime. And hostility towards the gospel, or even any of God's word, is also increasing greatly. Nonetheless I will keep posting the gospel and scripture to the unsaved world in the places they most need to hear it, it may be that I plant or water, and it's up to God whether there be an increase. Maranatha!
  22. 2 points
    Alan

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Jim, Thank you for your testimony concerning your relationship with Wu Cheng. We are very thankful that you were able to led him to a salvation experience with the Lord Jesus. Sometimes, as with Wu Cheng, due to their background, culture, religion, ancestor worship, and other situations, their salvation experience is often dramatic and life changing. It was also a blessing to hear that your personal relationship with Wu Cheng was a blessing in your heart and life. I am sure that you were a blessing to Wu Cheng as he was to you. A Christian Chinese as a friend is a wonderful blessing. Chinese is a very hard language to learn: both spoken and written. Deep within the history of the Chinese race is the work of God among them to bring them to Christ. Although written Chinese is a complex language; as you said, it is a wonderful language, and God has His hand in it in order to show His love to the Chinese race. In eternity we will understand the work of God in all of the races of the world and spend eternity renewing friendships as you had with Wu Cheng. I am sure that all of us enjoyed hearing your testimony. Alan
  23. 2 points
    Alan

    Joseph and his Jewish Dreams

    I appreciate your kind thoughts and how the Lord used it in your life. The story is also to me very thought provoking every time I read it. As you mentioned, envy and hatred will destroy any saint. Envy and hatred in the lives of the lost will prevent them from realizing the truth of the Gospel (just like the Pharisees). The envy and hatred in the lives of the 11 brothers of Joseph also caused their relationship with God to be afar. Those who hate the truth, and the bearer of the truth, need to realize their problem, ask forgiveness, and try to develop a closer relationship with the Lord in the process. We see the development of this process of asking forgiveness from Joseph (a type of Christ), and then a closer relationship with the Lord, as the story of Joseph develops. And, I am happy to say, as time develops, we will see this process in the live's of the Jewish remnant in the Tribulation Period as they come to the realization that Jesus is the Messiah. For our non-Chinese speaking friends, xie xie is the Romanized English for 'Thanks,' in Chinese. The Chinese character (word), for 'xie xie' is: 謝謝 Alan
  24. 2 points
    Alan

    And God gave Solomon wisdom

    Brethren, I hope the hymn, 'Sweet Hour of Prayer,' is a blessing to you. Sweet Hour of Prayer by William Walford and Tune by William Bradley God bless!
  25. 2 points
    Well done Bro. Dave. This shows beyond doubt that works, or any combination of works and faith cannot possibly save. It also reinforces the controversy regarding how and if the OT saints were saved. Faith was, is and always will be the vehicle to God through His salvation. It is by God's Grace that anyone is ever saved, and then only through faith.
  26. 2 points
    Alan

    Trust in the Lord

    Brethren, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:4 & 5 As we trust in the Lord, delight ourselves in Him, commit our ways of life, our way of living, ourselves to the Lord; the Lord can mold us, change us, and restore us to a thing of usefulness. The Lord can change the evil desires of our hearts for good; and then bring to pass those good desires of our heart. My friend, brother Stafford, "Faithfully Restored," made another video on the restoration of a 1940's Lowboy Chest. The video gives a graphic illustration of how God, the master craftsman, can restore a person from a life of decay and mis-use, to a life of usefulness, purpose, and beauty. The video is a blessing to my heart and I hope to your heart as well. I do want to thank brother Stafford for sending me the video for my devotion. Here is the link to brother Stafford's website for videos on his furniture restoration with biblical applications. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5HTN_favhjRSX5Ttxm77w/videos May the Lord bless all of you. Alan
  27. 2 points
    Alan

    Encouragement 1 Samuel 30:6

    Brethren, Brother Stafford is an antique furniture restorer. He has made some excellent videos on the correlation of restoring antique furniture and the restoration of the soul, after salvation, in the heart of the believer. I informed Brother Stafford that if he would like to add any of these videos to any of my devotions that he may do so. Brother Stafford informed me that the videos are not copyrighted and also informed me that I may add them to the devotions myself. I want to thank Brother Stafford for using his talents for the Lord and graciously letting me use his videos to give a visual demonstration on the work of the Lord in the heart of the believer. The videos give a visual representation of the restoration of a cane rocking chair can visibly show us how the Lord can restore, or recover, the abilities in the heart of the believer that the world, or Satan, took away from us. Just like David was able to defeat his enemies and recover all; the Lord can restore us to usefulness and give us victory in this life. The Rocking Chair: May the Lord bless all of you. Alan
  28. 2 points
    Alan

    Right in the Sight of the Lord

    Brethren, I do hope the inspriational music is a blessing to you. Alan
  29. 2 points
    DaveW

    Closed Communion

    I just wanted to add to this. This is the record of the first Lord's table, and it is intersting to note who was invited. Matt 26 20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. note 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. If you notice, Jesus sat down "with the twelve". It is very specific: not just "the disciples", but the twelve. There was certainly a restriction on the first one.
  30. 2 points
    Alan

    Following Christ.

    Brethren, I do hope that you like the accompaning photo. The photo was taken by me, it is not copyrighted, and you may use it as you wish. May God richly bless all of you. Alan
  31. 2 points
    WellWithMySoul

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    I just wanted to make another comment about the sweet peace that we can truly experience even in the midst of a storm. Even though grievously wounded to the very core of one's being, our precious and beloved Lord Jesus is quite able and longs to grant us that heart-reviving peace that only He can give. It matters not the depth of the wounds or the "fragile" condition of our shattered hearts...for those are the very conditions in which the blessed gift or fruit from the Prince of Peace is greatly enhanced. Many a time with tears streaming down my face spilling over from my anguished heart, I've "gritted my very teeth" in thanksgiving regardless of the pain, and it was then that my dear Saviour has lifted me with that glorious peace that passes all understanding! It isn't easy to be thankful while in the midst of a storm, but if we can direct and discipline our hearts to truly know and trust that HE allows each trial for our sakes and longs to work them for our good - it is then that the door is opened for the Spirit to work peace in the midst. I long to encourage fellow believers with this truth, and to know that hope and faith will surely grow from the experience of it.
  32. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    When did the church begin?

    These two disciples do not meet the definition of a church Sure, they were followers, but not a church. The church began when Jesus called out his Apostles as the scripture says. 1Cor. 12:28 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.
  33. 2 points
    Alan

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Shadowfeathers, I am very happy that the devotion was a blessing to you. Golgotha, Thank you for your comments and letting me knw that the devotion was a blessing to you. Some very interesting questions. At this time I just have a few moments I can spend online. I will try and discuss your post more tomorrow. Some of your points are due to the policy of OnLine Baptist, so, I may not be able to say much on the aspects of policy. Glad to hear from you. Alan
  34. 2 points
    Ukulelemike

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Good post and timely. Sunday I am preaching a lesson on Hezekiah, particularly when he opened the doors of the temple, and called on Judah and Manasseh and the others of the southern kingdom to come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and to humble themselves before the Lord, after 16 years of his wicked father building up paganism and idolatry. And how, even though it was the command of the king to do that which God commanded, yet many who read the message mocked and scorned the very idea. I will bring this around to how many good, godly churches, teaching the truth of God and just wanting to Honor and obey Him, are often more and more emptying out, as people become 'seekers' seeking entertainment, and distraction and programs. We have grown pretty small, and inevitable, someone looks around and says, "Is this all today?" It can be discouraging, but my point it, right is still right, and even a minority of people doing God's will, is still the right thing to do, and with the Lord, we are never the minority, and we WILL be blessed if we continue to do well, though so few might want to. Building a church is tough-so is maintaining it. Solomon built the temple, and later kings kept shutting it down and turning the people to idolatry, and then another king would have to start from scratch. I'm celebrating 14 years as pastor and we are running about 7 right now. One person is a mess-he wants to raise his hands during prayer, just to do it because someone, sometime, ONE time said to him that it was what Christians do in church. Now, last Sunday, during a song, he put his book down and laid prostrate on the floor until the song was over. Apparently he saw or heard something about that. And of course, we had a guest family, who I suspect we won't see again. And while it is a small disturbance, it's not really anything WRONG I can point to, but I suspect he doesn't help anyone want to be here. Not like open sin or rebellion that I can send him out for. Sorry, starting to complain. God lesson above. Thanks
  35. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Four Principles for Building a Church

    Very timely and well done Alan. I especially liked the way you addressed the time factor in church building. Many times supporting churches get discouraged because they don't see a mission work organized into a NT church in the time frame they think it should be. The result of this kind of thinking is that the supporting churches begin to pull their support of the missionary, virtually guaranteeing failure to bring the work to fruition. My original church, where I was saved, started as a mission work. When the work was not formally organized in five years we began to hear complaints. It was interesting that many of the complaints came from churches that had not supported the work. Our missionary pastor was a teaching pastor who knew the value of teaching grounding principals to his flock. Eventually this mission was organized into a solid, strong, NT church. We put home missionaries on four different mission fields in the time I was there. One mission field was especially difficult, it was far east Magadan Russia. We were the first church to put Independent Baptist missionaries in Russia when the wall came down. The work was difficult and even dangerous with many obstacles to overcome. Two NT churches were organized there and still stand to this day. The two missionary pastors from our church that went over there are now back home and pastoring home churches in Alaska. Keep up the good work Alan and know that missionaries like you are appreciated. Prayer for our missionaries has never been more important than it is now. Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
  36. 2 points
    Standing Firm In Christ

    Believers and the Law

    Elephants in the circus sideshow tent are chained to a three foot metal stake which is hammered in the ground. They are exposed to the chain from their youth. As as a youth, the elephant pulls constantly on the chain, trying to get away. As it gets older, the elephant resigns itself to the belief that it can never escape that chain,... even though it could easily snap the chain as an adult and escape captivity if it tried. Like the elephant in a circus sideshow tent with a chain on its back leg that has come to the conclusion that being held captive by that chain is his fate, many people have been conditioned to believe a lie that they must keep part, or all, of the Law that was never meant for them. Because they hear the lies from the pulpit so much, and because they have concluded that the man in the pulpit is telling the truth, they have concluded that they must keep The Law in order to obtain Grace.
  37. 2 points
    Ronda

    Peace in the Midst of the Storm

    The peace of God is something which cannot be explained fully to an unsaved person. What wonderful comfort we have with the Holy Spirit indwelling us and comforting us (John 14:16). When physical, financial, familial, and all concerns seem to be overwhelming, the peace of God gives us such comfort knowing that Jesus has overcome the world, and that we, through Him, have overcome as well. We need to always bear in mind that this life (in corruptible bodies) is merely temporal (2 Cor. 4:18). Truly a speck of dust in comparison to eternity. I would like to contribute to brother Alan's devotion by quoting 2 very comforting and powerfully assuring verses which have been a blessing to me throughout the years: John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
  38. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Pleasing God & Peace

    I just wanted to come back and say that I have noticed that sermons and devotionals do not always show up as new content when they are posted. This one by Alan was done in November and just showed up in my unread content today. I also noticed this on some of my sermons too, they show as unread content much later than I post them. Must be some sort of glitch in programing.
  39. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    The Light of the World

    Thank you for your thoughts on this message and also for your excellent points made about "time". This is a sticky issue. If people like you mentioned could just prioritize time, they would quickly see that what is most important is being left out of their schedule. Thank you again lady.
  40. 2 points
    swathdiver

    Closed Communion

    You need not pray so much as read your bible. 1st Corinthians 5:6-13 deals with the unrepentant in the Lord's house. Remember that Matthew 18:15-17 tells the Christian how to deal with other Christians within his local church. Finally, re-read 1 Corinthians 11 very carefully paying attention also to the context and who Paul was addressing. He is addressing the local church at Corinth. Now as for membership, we find that again in 1st Corinthians 5 in the matter of church discipline. How can you discipline a non-member, someone who comes and goes? How can the Lord's table be safeguarded from an unrepentant sinner if the congregation knows not that person? What if they are a wine bibbler or fornicator or baby sprinkler? Don't the scriptures teach that the church is responsible for who it allows to partake in the Lord's Supper? Wouldn't God hold them to account for knowingly allowing an extortioner to the table? How can you apply Matthew 18 to someone who is not united with your group? Let me address a thought forming in your mind right now. That is, the member who is sinning and nobody knows about it. Well, then if I heard that so and so cheated on his taxes, I should approach him in the manner of Matthew 18. If he tells me that he's repented, then that's it, it's between the Lord and him now. What is the meaning of the word church in the bible? In short, it's a local, visible assembly of saved believers, covenanted together to serve God. If you have no membership, you have no biblical assembly or church. The universal, invisible church is heresy and only exists in the minds of the Catholic and her harlots for that is the only way they can claim legitimacy. Finally, membership is found in the book of Acts. Acts 2:41, three thousand souls were "added unto them". Added to what? To the local, visible, church in Jerusalem. Can you add to an invisible assembly, that does not unite, that has no rolls? Of course not! Elsewhere in Acts you'll find the biblical example of voting people into the local, visible church for membership. Please reread Jim's excellent post , particularly "It Is Restricted By Doctrine".
  41. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Closed Communion

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed this one. I love teaching on sound biblical church doctrine. So many are deviating from sound practice concerning The Lord's Supper today that it is alarming.
  42. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    The Blind Beggar

    Thanks to both of you for your encouraging comments. I have not written any tracts or books either. I have written and been published professionally, but not anything in the religious realm. I wouldn't know how to go about writing a tract. I think I am bit too "wordy" to be able to condense it down to tract size. I have years worth of sermons and lessons, but unfortunately they were hand written before I ever had a computer. I did start to put them on computer, but that's a lot of work to type them all out. Thank both of you again for your kind, encouraging comments. I can only thank God for anything I accomplish for Him. No one knows better than I do that I am not capable of preaching or teaching without the guidance and ability that was given to me. I have no education to speak of, I made the sixth grade, but didn't finish it. I do have a GED, but no bible college. I was taught by my original missionary pastor for four years in preparation to serve God in the ministry he called me to. I have had the privilege of being one of a team of four pastors that trained two missionary families in preparation for mission work on the Russian mission field. They were there for five years and were successful in establishing two churches under very adverse conditions. They are pastoring back home now. See what I mean about being "wordy"? God bless you both as you serve our Lord in your respective callings.
  43. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    The Blind Beggar

    Thank you for your comments on my sermon Ronda. I write out my sermons and lessons completely because when I get to preach I most always have people who want my notes. If I gave them notes they would not be able to get the whole picture. I don't always follow my outline and adlib a lot as the Lord directs. But by writing them out completely anyone reading them will get the importance of the work. I really enjoyed your recitation of your interaction with those on FaceBook too, thanks for sharing it.
  44. 2 points
    Ronda

    Psalm 19:1 Integrity

    One of my favorites as well. Truly praising the Lord in song, as hymns should be. Imagine.... when one day we shall also be in the presence of the Holy One and I believe we will be in awe beyond description... at His holiness, His righteousness, His pureness and goodness. I believe we will fall down stunned by the true holiness of Him and worship Him with an understanding we never could fully grasp in these human bodies. He truly does deserve our reverence. Sadly I believe that very reverence is lacking in today's "modern professing christian", where the focus has been taken off of God and mistakenly placed on mankind's "feelings" and worldly desires. I am eagerly awaiting the blessed hope and the desire to be away from all the evil sinfulness of this world. Imagine being in the very presence of He who never sinned! As we ourselves and those around us in glorified bodies will also have shed the sin nature forever. What wonderful promises we have to look forward to! Maranatha!
  45. 2 points
    Alan

    Trust in the Lord

    Since the days of Cain and Abel there have been righteous and unrighteous men on the face of this earth. Like Abel, we need to do right in spite of the evil in this life. "Holy, Holy, Holy," in a good hymn that we need to remember in our hearts. May God bless all of you in your daily walk with the Lord Jesus. Alan
  46. 2 points
    Alan

    Psalm 19:1 Integrity

    The essence of integrity is Holiness. Job purposed in his heart to have personal holiness, integrity, in his life. May we purpose in our lives to be like Christ. In Holiness and Integrity. Alan
  47. 2 points
    Alan

    The Stubburnness Of My Own Will

    After reading this devotion, and looking at my own life, my thoughts concerning the stubborness of my, or our own will, brought me to Proverbs 14:6, "A scorner seekieth wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth." Thank you for the good devotion.
  48. 2 points
    northernministries

    Babies Go To Hell!

    Babies most certainly do not go to Hell. This is false. In 2 Samuel 12:23 it says, " But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. David was going to see him in Heaven that is why he said, I shall go to him. Absalom on the other hand probably did not go to Heaven that is why David mourned so much. 2Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! This was a much different response than with the baby that died. There was a lot less hope. 2 Samuel 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place. Another person who went to his own place was Judas. That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. Acts 1:25
  49. 2 points
    Alan

    The Word Listen 聽 In Chinese.

    Dave, I would consider it an honor for you, or anybody else that you or anybody on OnLine Baptist, to post in on your church notice board. I am the author. I have made gospel tracts, in Chinese, and in English, worded slighly different than the above devotion. All of the material, inclding the tracts, are not copyrighted. If you, or any other church or individual, would like some of the tracts I mail them free of charge any where in the world. All I need is an address. We hope the best for your child learning Chinese Mandarin. It is a complicated spoken and written language. Most folks give up after awhile due to the complexity. Alan
  50. 2 points
    MountainChristian

    The Foolishness Of Preaching

    Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Bibleman30, I hope you are a new labourer.
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