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  1. I learned last night of the passing of Bonita Sharp. We met her when she came to college while my husband was in school. She married Gene Sharp and they have had a ministry setting up radio stations all over the world. She leaves behind her husband, 5 kids, sister, parents, and a slew of friends. We know, as Christians, that she is in Glory. She kept her appointment and was ready to go, even though it was unexpected - a head-on collision in a rain storm. But the grief for those left behind is very real, as those of us who have lost loved ones know. Please pray for the family.
    5 points
  2. One of our granddaughters, Esther, (the oldest child of our oldest son) was admitted to the burn unit in Wichita, KS on 15Sep20. Next month (Nov 2020) she will be 8 y.o. I took my wife to Dodge City to watch the other 3 children. Alisha (Esther's mother) is at the hospital with Esther. David (Esther's father) had to go back to work this week. Esther is burnt over 40% of her body, 60% of the right leg and 50% of the right arm are 3rd degree burns, the remainder is 2nd degree. When Esther gets back home (probably 2 or more weeks from now), our oldest daughter, Rebekah, (the one th
    4 points
  3. As to the issue of whether or not they “have their reward”, are doing it “to be seen of men”? Probably not, only 2-4 people are likely to know (unless they use an accountant or are audited.) If they do as one man I knew of many years ago who had his check sticking out of his shirt pocket with the dollar figure (on the right side of the check) visible as he shook hands around the church (of over 1000 people) - well, he already received his reward!
    2 points
  4. Jim_Alaska

    New Website!

    A website is a valuable tool. For years we had only the small listing in the newspaper, which did not produce much. I put up a website for our church and we have had favorable results in that; we have had people visit that found us because of our website. Glad you have one in the works HC.
    2 points
  5. Perhaps we err in not making the distinction between the body and the spirit. The body of Jesus spent three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. But His spirit went directly to God upon His death. Luke 23:46 (KJV) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
    2 points
  6. Sabbath is part of the Mosaic law, which Paul said is bondage. That to observe days and months and times and years, made Paul worried that he had spent all his time on them in vain. Careful observance of Sabbaths, of New moons, of feasts and festivals, particularly those associated with Judaism and the law, meant they were trusting in those things, rather than the simplicity of faith in the grace of Jesus Christ for salvation. So in a sense, yes we were told not to.
    1 point
  7. Personally i feel that this subject is a non-issue.
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  9. HappyChristian

    New Website!

    We have a website now! Andrew Canavan, second generation missionary to Ireland, is putting it together for us. It is not complete, but it's looking well! I've wanted a website for a while, as I know that many folks use the Internet to search. Andrew and Shawn were with us a few weeks back to present their ministry, and he talked to both my husband and me about designing it for us. I don't think we're going to be deluged with folks, but I do believe it will be a good tool. The website is here: https://lbc-pt.org/ We've had our information in the local paper for a couple of years - ju
    1 point
  10. For all who may be following in the audience, A number of times in this thread discussion I have asserted that the basic meaning of the English word "hell" is "the place of the dead," and that it includes two possible meanings -- (1) the grave or (2) the place of eternal judgment for the wicked. Allow me to present the following evidence for the assertion. In Noah Webster's dictionary of 1828 (facsimile edition), we find seven definitions for the English word "hell." The first two of these definitions are as follows: 1. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after d
    1 point
  11. Indeed, the English word "paradise" is often used for the Garden of Eden. But that is NOT the question. The question is whether God the Holy Spirit ever inspired such a usage in the Holy Scriptures. If you use common human usage as your argument, then common human usage is your authority; but a sad (and unsound) authority it is for Biblical doctrine. Destroyed in the Flood. Where does God's Word indicates that "captivity" is a "them"? Actually, in His resurrection our Lord Jesus Christ took the captivity of death itself captive. Now the power of death and hell are in His han
    1 point
  12. Jesus did not go to "Hell", the place of the damned, because those there had no second chance-they died in their sin. He went to Paradise, where the OT saints were who had died in faith to God before Jesus' resurrection, to include the thief on the cross. I believe this would also be the place called "prison". I have had people argue with me about that, saying paradise is a pleasant place, but prison is not. Well, one of the primary things that makes a prison a prison, is that those therein cannot leave of their own will. There are, in fact some prisons that are, in themselves, quite pleasant
    1 point
  13. Jesus said, "Into thy hands I commit my Spirit". Pretty clear, Jesus went to heaven after he died. I don't believe that Old Testament saints were in hell waiting for Jesus, even if you believe paradise was the non-burning side of hell. Paradise is heaven and Jesus went there after his death
    1 point
  14. I saw that. I'll be praying for the family.
    1 point
  15. David Middlebrooks 900 Grant Dodge City, KS 67801
    1 point
  16. I agree that it is an issue of liberty to observe or not, but when a group observes because they are following the false doctrines of a false prophet, and therefore observe because they believe they MUST, and that those who do NOT are lost and of the Devil, that is worthy of judgment. They fall under the condemnation that Paul threatened the Galatian believers with, when he said they were placing themselves back under bondage to a law that Christ had ended, and were seeking to complete their salvation, started by faith, by works of the law.
    1 point
  17. Only if they are itemizing. I always took the "standard deduction" as my items were always less than the standard. However, all Americans, not just Christians, should deduct everything they legally can, so that they then can have as much of their own money as possible to disperse as they feel led. No if someone wants to give more of their hard earned money to the government, well that is their prerogative, though, in my opinion, a foolish one.
    1 point
  18. It's raining! Praise the Lord! This is about the normal time of year that the rains begin, but it has been hoped and prayed for by so many of us now! I know it was raining a bit earlier near one of the fires, so I'm sure hoping and praying it rains all over the state (since there is no such thing as a global climate, there is no guarantee that it will rain all over... ), as well as in other western states.
    1 point
  19. Now, along highway 101 - the highway that goes from our area all the way down CA (our area meaning that 101 curves around at our northern most point of the peninsula and heads south) - they have been finding power poles that the wind has blown over...these poles had transformers that popped and fires started. Thing is, at this pint there have been 18 - EIGHTEEN - found that were helped along by chain saws, to weaken them so that the wind would knock them over. That's arson. This graph is interesting...if the fires were from climate change, why do they stop at the borders? It couldn't be t
    1 point
  20. I see they caught one arsonist. A BLM activist. I saw another video where a woman said her husband caught some guys trying to torch a hay field. This was in Oregon. Global warming has nothing to do with it. Rejection of God does.
    1 point
  21. Even the far left global warming advocates and scientists have had to back off of that specific term; now it is Climate Change. As if this is a completely new thing; disregarding the fact that climate change is the reason for weather forecasting. I may be wrong, but I believe that the weather, or climate has always changed; sometimes by the day or hour.
    1 point
  22. Hard to pray when you're dead. The Bible says Jonah prayed 'out of the whale's belly'. If he was dead, wouldn't he have prayed 'out of Abraham's bosom' (like Lazarus)? I think the analogy here was to the 3 days/nights, not the actual death.
    1 point
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