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  1. 2 points
    Alan

    Tree Removal

    Nice photo with some good equipment. The Lord gave you some wisdom in the midst of a disaster. I am sure that your efforts, hard work, and diligence, are not only a blessing to you but to many others.
  2. 2 points
    Alan

    "But the LORD was with Joseph"

    Genesis 39:21-23, “But the LORD was with Joseph.” Genesis 39:21-23, “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” Throughout the hardships and sufferings in the life of Joseph, the LORD was with Joseph. Psalm 105:16-19, “Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.” Because of the evil of the 11 brothers, Joseph was made a slave. Because of the evil of one evil woman, Joseph was put in prison. While in prison, among other hardships and sufferings, the Egyptians put fetters of iron and hurt Joseph's feet. God allowed evil people to cause Joseph to be put in prison to test Joseph. God is preparing Joseph to rule the land of Egypt. In order for God to use Joseph for His glory, God is going to test him in the prison. Psalm 105:19, “Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.” God tests those people whom He wants to use with hardships and sufferings. Joseph, like Christ, loved God, and God is using hardship and suffering to prepare Joseph as the ruler of Egypt and for the physical salvation of Jacob and his family. Genesis 45:4-6, “And Joseph said unto his brethren, come near to me,I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry, with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a prosperity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Furthermore, God, through the salvation of Jacob and his sons, will use Joseph to provide the protection for the lineage of the Saviour of the world, the Lord Jesus. Romans 9:4 & 5, “Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.” God tested the Lord Jesus with hardships and sufferings for the salvation of the soul and for the eventual salvation, both physical and spiritual, of the sons of Israel. Hebrews 5:8 & 9, “Though he were a Son, yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” And, Romans 11:26 & 27, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” In His timing, God will turn away the ungodliness, and unbelief, of the sons of Jacob. Verse 21 Let us consider three things. 1. “But the LORD was with Joseph” God was with Joseph. Joseph had a close relationship with God. Joseph did not allow the conspiracy of his brothers, the lies of Potiphar's wife, destroy the relationship he had with God. Joseph believed that God would fulfill the two dreams that God gave him. 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” While in prison Joseph had comfort in his relationship with God. 2. “... and shewed him mercy..” In the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, God is merciful. If a person has a humble heart, repents of his sins, and has faith and trusts in the mercy of God, than God will shew him mercy. 2 Samuel 22:26 & 27, “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the forward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.”A proud person will not find the mercy of God. If a person wants God to show him mercy than he needs to be merciful. From Genesis to Revelation we see that God is merciful to the humble person. 1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Psalm 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.” 3. “… and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” God caused the the keeper of the prison to find favor in Joseph. God can cause the people of this world to help the person who trusts in God. Romans 8:28 says, “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.” God is now going to promote Joseph. Eventually, Joseph will become, in modern terminology, the vice-president of Egypt. First, Joseph became a slave, and then a prisoner in a jail, in order for God to prepare him to rule over the country of Egypt and save Jacob and his brethren. Before God can use us in a high position He wants us to see if He can use us in a low position. God found out that Joseph really loved Him, really trusted in Him, and God found out that Joseph was faithful in the small things of daily living. The Lord Jesus said, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10 Because in the time of his testing Joseph was faithful, God will promote him to be the second ruler in Egypt. Verse 22 & 23 The Lord made everything that Joseph did to prosper God blessed the efforts of Joseph. Joseph trusted God, had faith, and was a man of integrity and high character. So, God prospered his work. Joseph was a very faithful and trustworthy person and is a good example of the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, Joseph is a good example for the Christian. 3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. As Joseph loved God, and God worked all things out for his good, so should we love God and watch Him work out all things for our good. Romans 8:28 says, “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.”
  3. 2 points
    Jordan Kurecki

    Absence of Doctrinal Authority

    Well, sadly today many churches are getting away from teaching bible doctrine and expositing the scriptures. Southern Baptist Churches today are filled with compromise, OnlineBaptist here is made up of Independant Fundamental Baptists, we are distinct and separate from Southern Baptists. https://www.wayoflife.org/database/whynotsbc.html
  4. 2 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Absence of Doctrinal Authority

    Scripture firmly asserts that "the church (singular) is the pillar and ground of the truth" This is why we are Independent. Once we give up our autonomy we open our church to rule by associations and conventions, which are nowhere to be found in Scripture.
  5. 1 point
    heartstrings

    Tree Removal

    Thanks brother Alan. I'm nearly 58 years old and won't be able to do much of the hard work for too many more years. So I had been thinking for some time about getting into some kind of retail business. But I am reminded now, as I should have already known from working for others' retail businesses years ago, that I will still be very busy doing this. For one thing I found that most men, as I did, need help with fitting this equipment to their particular tractors. Fortunately I found a universal adapter for this purpose, online, and am selling these as well. But meeting with lots of customers, spending time on the phone and computer sending/receiving photos, messages and emails, and loading things on trailers with a forklift is not the same as pitching feed and dusty hay to sheep or manufacturing dimensional signs in a dusty shop. I have an appointment to meet with a trailer manufacturer in January so, maybe soon we can add those to our little equipment enterprise as well.
  6. 1 point
    heartstrings

    Tree Removal

    .....so I contacted the online seller. It seems there had been a misunderstanding about the grapple fitting a "quick attach" system. I had told the seller the make and model of my tractor/loader and that it had a "quick attach" but, since my tractor is an old '96 model, it was not fitted with the newer "skid steer" type quick attach. Anyway, the seller agreed to take it back but, in the meantime, I opened a Facebook ad, a Craigslist ad, and put it out by the highway. I had marked it up some, sold it the next day and people were still calling for more. So I contacted the seller again and he told me that he would sell 4 or 5 more to me at dealer cost. When I arrived at his facility, almost 300 miles from here, I ended up buying 8 of them and sold all of those in a week. So I went back and bought 8 more. Today, I plan to order 6 more of various sizes, designs, and colors and have them shipped here. There are thousands of acres devastated, millions of trees no doubt, broken off, uprooted and lying on the ground. I still haven't had the time to clean up my own trees and debris but, obviously many folks are making some progress
  7. 1 point
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    I would like to add to this study on the local church a quote by Brother David Cloud. Brother Cloud stated, “The Lord's apostles planted autonomous congregations and they did not build denominational structures yoking the congregations together. The New Testament gives detailed instructions for the government and discipline of the assembly, but there are no instructions for the establishment of intra- or extra-church institutions. Denominational structures are man-made entities that have no biblical authority.”1 As we have found out, repeatedly, in this study on the local church, all of the New Testament churches were local assemblies and autonomous. The Lord Jesus, nor the apostles, created any hierarchical authority over any church. Therefore, denominations are man-made organizations. 1 Cloud, David, Way of Life Literature, Article, “Why I am Not Southern Baptist,” February 11, 2009, (Way of Life Literature: Port Huron, MI)
  8. 1 point
    ChristineCJC

    The Hot Truth About Hell

    I Believe all Churches should preach the Bible Verse by Verse & Chapter by Chapter on Sundays & Everyday and not anything else but Bible teaching. I believe Bible study should be what all Church congregations and fellowship is all about. Growing up has a Catholic walking to church each Sunday and to CCD every Saturday myself, along with my siblings and being taught one to two lines only in one of the books in the Holy Bible? When the time came for the priest to talk about the Gospel Of Matthew, John or Luke etc. Teaching us one verse and talked on that one verse from the Bible for about 10-15 minutes only? If I were to stay in the Catholic Church and was being preached to about the Gospel this way until this very day? I would never have learned the Truth about anything in the Holy Bible! Meaning to say: Has a Catholic? We didn't have to bring a Bible to Church with us. Naturally, I wouldn't have known any better since this is all I knew growing up has a Catholic. BUT, My Life Completely Changed around in 2003 onward. Years ago, I started listening to "One of the best Pastors in the world who was teaching the Bible Chapter by Chapter and verse by verse!" I was in Awe of the truth I was longing for! My Thirst was being fulfilled! I learned more in 6 weeks timing with this congregation teacher of the Holy Word than from any other Priest, Pastor Minister or any other teacher after being a Catholic for 16 years! Then come to find out? I discovered I was lied to and not told the truth while growing up about many things that were covered up in "God's Holy Letter to "the Entire World!" a coverup about the true story of Adam & Eve I was taught by the Catholic Church. There were so many things I never knew about in the Holy Bible from being a Catholic. So, one day I Prayed to God asking God asking God "if I could Change from being a Catholic to a Christian or A Student of His Holy Letter?" This is why I feel strongly that it's high time "ALL CHURCHES NEED To Start Teaching only what the Bible is all about & the meaning of every parable and what each word means & teach people how to Pray and use the Bible for understanding and Wisdom and to prepare us all for the coming times ahead which will come! All teachers need to be very clear on all their teachings of the Bible! And to start doing this Bible teaching NOW! ASAP! The times are so bad right now all over the world. All Churches should be teaching About God's Holy Gospel Truth & stop talking about everything else! I've been in churches where they'd be passing the collection plate around 3 to 4 times during their service! Or they'd make you get up and put your money in a basket or on a plate 3 or more times right in front of the Pastor. Making you feel guilty if you didn't give enough paper money! This is so wrong on many levels! Yes, we should give to the church of choice that your being taught the truth from has a discerned Christian being taught the Truth of God's Holy Word only! I do believe if a Church teaches just the holy word only through the Holy Bible Only? The Churches would be packed with People who want to hear More & More of God's Holy Divine Word of truth to quench their thirst! Man is now interpreting the Bible & abolishing the Old Testament and making everything in the Bible in which God's against to be Void and Null and everything is welcomed to be done on earth now! As if nothing is off limits in this day and age! Everything goes. Man is rewriting the Holy Word! The Pastor I was taught of God's Holy Word Chapter by Chapter & Verse by Verse? He has never taken "One Single Dime for preaching the Holy Word his entire life explaining what every single word in the KJV meant in the Holy Bible every single day! I learned so very much from him I've come to love him as a preacher in so many ways. Teaching Millions of people every day! The best teacher in this world I ever came across! I was so very Blessed to have known him & be taught the Truth of God's Holy Word through him. My End thoughts: I really believe we are wasting time if we're not taught the Word of God only. We should all be Discerned Christians and not be followers but leaders and do the research of everything said to us by any man whose teaching the word of God from anywhere! Amen!
  9. 1 point
    2bLikeJesus

    Food storage

    I store all my food fully processed just above my belt...


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