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  1. 6 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I would appreciate prayer for my husband, Randy. I will try to sum up what seems to me a long story...but this is going to be long. I'm sorry about that! Thursday morning while Randy was at a client's home, he went out to shovel. In these parts, black ice is a real and present danger during the winter. Well, he fell on black ice. His right leg went under him, and his left leg hyper-extended. He managed to get up (he was right by the van's bumper) but fell again right away. He rolled to the pavement, where there was no ice. Got up and began going back to the house, and fell in the snow. Three falls within a matter of minutes. Someone with Factor V Leiden's isn't supposed to be doing those shenanigans. So he came home. How he got into the van, drove, and got up the steps into the house is beyond me - other than God helped him greatly. Because he could hardly walk at all. He got into a chair and I got the heating pad, etc. He thought it was a badly pulled muscle. By now it was almost 11 am. I knew he was in agony, because he would never, ever leave work for just a little bit of pain. He has a very high pain tolerance (many times I will notice him favoring something and will ask how he's doing - he always answers that he's fine...). So about 12:30 he said he thought I might need to call the ambulance. He didn't think he would be able to get down the stairs, down the icy hill, into the van with only my help (to take him to the emergency room). I let our son know, and he said he was getting off work to come help. By 1, Randy was certain he needed an ambulance. So I called them. They got there pretty quickly, thankfully. They were great. They couldn't bring in the stretcher because our ramp was too slick, so they used a blanket to carry him outside. As they rolled him, he hollered out in pain. We have been married almost 33 years, and he has gone through a lot of physically painful things. But I have NEVER heard him holler like that. Never. That was about my undoing. Our son had gotten here by then, but was waiting on the road by our driveway (due to the snow, there was nowhere for him to park if he came up the driveway, and he would have been in the way of the ambulance). He came into the house and headed straight for me to wrap me in a tight hug. That was absolutely what I needed at that moment. I was never more thankful that God moved him up here. So Josh drove me to the hospital. We were in the emergency room for hours as they tested him. (it seemed like years...especially when we saw the date the nurse had written on the white board: Feb 14, 2014. LOL) They found a DVT that was already on its way down his leg - it stretched from his groin to his knee (two years ago it went from his groin to his foot). Doctors have concluded that it is a result of his accident - physical trauma to someone with Factor V can quickly cause clots...and I guess he has to do even that all the way, with major clots LOL). They tried to have him stand. He almost passed out, so the doc laid him back down quickly. And he just laid there with a blank stare for about a minute. Scared me so very badly. So they brought in some pain meds and muscle relaxers, thinking that it might be a pulled muscle. An hour later, they wanted to try and have him stand again (they wanted to send him home, but they couldn't until they knew he could walk). He couldn't even sit with his legs over the bed (he was holding his left leg up so it wouldn't touch the bed and was still in so much pain). So they decided to admit him. He got to his room about 11:30 pm (and we time traveled from 2-14-2014 to 2-15-2019 LOL). We left the hospital about 12:30 and got back to our road a little after 1. Well, as I said, our private road doesn't get plowed. And nobody that lives on the road believes in shoveling, I guess. (Randy would have done some once we were plowed out had he had a chance). So great big piles of slushy frozen snow met us. With one set of tracks. Josh headed up the hill, got about halfway and started spinning. So he backed up - the snow pulled him over one of the frozen piles and we got stuck. Josh got out to check and we were good and stuck. He started doing what he could. As I sat there, I was a bit overwhelmed. So I began to pray. While I was praying, I reminded the Lord about how quickly He helped Peter when Peter cried "Lord, save me!". I told the Lord we needed immediate help. I kid yo not...within minutes (could have been seconds) I saw car lights coming down the road. Now, understand this is 1:30 in the morning, in a super-rural area. Folks are just not out and about during that time. ESPECIALLY in this weather (which is so unusual for this area). The man pulled up immediately and got out of his car. He looked things over, and then said he had a shovel. Now, we have a snow shovel that Josh could have walked up to the house and gotten, but he didn't want to leave me with the van sticking out onto the main road, and neither of us was crazy about the thought of me walking up the road. But our snow shovel is a regular, hard-plastic, wide shovel. His was not. His was metal. Smaller. With kind of pointed parts. The kind perfect for scraping away at ice. And the size just right for fitting in an area a regular snow shovel would have a problem with. You know, almost as if God knew something... He and Josh took turns using the shovel - he even got down on the ground to work at it. This complete stranger, whom I'd never seen before (and who actually didn't speak to me except to tell me to push on the gas slowly as they pushed the van). It took about half an hour, but we were unstuck! He told us we should get a hotel, but I couldn't leave my mom alone up there (and, to add to it - our furnace had gone out, but had just been fixed that day). So we tried it again, and got stuck again. The man was gone by now, but we weren't stuck so badly and it just took Josh a few minutes to free us. We parked the van on the main road, and he walked me up to the house. He had been going to stay the night, but we couldn't leave the van on the road all night. So he decided to go home and come back in the morning to take me back to the hospital. He got home, but couldn't get up his road - it was ice. So the poor guy had to go get a hotel after all (something the man kept saying we should do). Neither of us got much sleep that night. LOL But God is so good! So we visited Randy yesterday, but didn't stay long because we didn't want to be home to either of our places after dark. I can't go see Randy today, but I've talked to him on the phone (and Josh is going to see him on his lunch break). Randy had a rough night last night from the pain - even with the meds. So the doctor said they were missing something and sent him to have a CAT scan of his leg. They found a hematoma. Not something to normally worry about, but with someone on anti-coagulants it is a concern. The doc called the hematologist who worked with Randy two years ago and they agreed to take him off one of his blood thinners while he was in hospital (they had him on his regular Warfarin, but put him on Lovenox as well). They are keeping him on the Lovenox for now and so he has to remain in hospital longer so they can monitor the hematoma. Randy said something about the muscle as well, but he had gotten his pain meds by the time I'd talked to him, and coupled with the sleepless night was pretty drowsy. Anyway...would greatly appreciate prayer. Thank you for reading this mini book.
  2. 4 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    Last night after I visited Randy, they put him back on blood thinner - Heparin, via IV. They had measured his leg and it was apparently smaller. That, coupled with the doctor finding that his leg had more give to it must indicate that the bleeding stopped. He told me this morning that the doctor told him yesterday that MAYBE he will be able to come home Saturday. They are thinking about putting him back on the warfarin. They'll keep him on the heparin as long as he's in the hospital, though , as a bridge to going completely to the warfarin. I don't know what we'll do about the DVT - if the thinners are dissolving it, there won't be need for surgery. Nothing definite about him coming home Saturday, and I am not getting my hopes up (well, trying not to, LOL). But this is definitely a good step. Yesterday his CK level was down a bit more, but they are still 16x too high. Specific prayer regarding that would be appreciated.
  3. 3 points
    Alan

    Happy Birthday Online Baptist!

    Online Baptist turned 17 this year!
  4. 3 points
    Matt Souza

    Text message

    Good point. I'll need the $25 million in order to pay for the money transfer. I promise I'll pay the $25 back after I get the $25 million.
  5. 3 points
    John Young

    Cards/Passports

    Chips are not mentioned in Revelation. They are just a form of technology. A lot of "revelation teachers" (who are really conspiracy sensationalist) like to equate tracking software for the "Mark of the Beast". The mark of the beast will most likely be a form of human tracking and transaction technology but its placement in scripture is after the Abomination of desolation and is in response to the "Lord's Mark" given to the 144,000. Basically, in the tribulation and after the rapture, before you can receive it you must swear allegiance to the Anti-Chrsit under full knowledge that it is in opposition to the Lord's mark of that time. It is also made clear that those who receive were never saved. Therefore, if you are saved now, by full trusting on Christ alone for your redemption, then you have no ability to ever take that mark. Revelation 13:5-8 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 14:9-10 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Ezekiel 9:4 and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
  6. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I got my hopes up a bit thinking he might be able to come home Saturday. But the doctor wasn't really keen on that, and Randy agreed that he is not ready to come home.Well, physically, anyway. LOL So he is staying there for now. His birthday is Monday, so it would be nice if he could come home that day. But we will see. His hematoma is shrinking, but it is still pretty large and he still has a good bit of pain when he walks, bends his knees. His red blood cell count is up a bit, which means the anemia is righting itself. His CK count is WAY better - it was over 5000 yesterday, but it is down to just over 2000 today (still too high - should be in the 300s). Praise the Lord it's coming down. We don't now about the DVT yet. They are giving him Warfarin orally, and he's still on the Heparin via IV. Both the hematoma and the DVT should be dissolving with that. We have another guest speaker for Sunday lined up. But I'm missing his preaching/teaching.
  7. 2 points
    2bLikeJesus

    The Moment.

  8. 2 points
    Alan

    Text message

    Agreed.
  9. 2 points
    Alan

    Text message

    Hmmm? $25.5 million dollars. Wow!!! Well Matt, as I don't think somebody will ever send me $25 billion dollars, I think I will send a request. In my request I think the person will need to send me $25.00 in order for me to pay for the International Money Transfer. So, as soon as I receive the $25.00 I will reply and wait for the full details. I'm waiting.
  10. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    @Matt Souza - thank you. Prayer is the best thing all around right now! I so appreciate it, and your offer. I visited Randy a bit today. There were a couple of men from our church there, which was nice. After they left, we talked for a few minutes, but he got really sleepy. He had a rough night, so he went to sleep. I read for a while, waiting for him to wake up. They took him down this morning for a CAT scan on his leg. We were waiting for the results. The doc never came in, but the nurse told me the results. The hematoma is still bleeding. It has not gotten any worse, praise the Lord, but it hasn't gotten any better. They took him off all his blood-thinners and are giving him Vit. K to try and get it to stop bleeding. He can't have the IV heparin until the bleeding stops, so the hematoma and the DVT have no chance to even begin dissolving. His CK count is down a bit, but still almost 3x too high. He is still anemic, and will remain so until the bleeding stops (he might need a transfusion as well). And now they are giving him insulin, so apparently his blood sugar has gone wonky. Happily, he was able to take 3 walks today - from the bed to the door, so not very far. But it's progress. After the last one, his pain level was at 7, so he was happy to get the pain medicine. I thank you for the prayer. I am so thankful that there are people all over the world praying for him. He's only been in the hospital for 4 days, but this house is sure lonely without him. God is most definitely helping me to deal with this, although I am a bit weepy. I have to admit that I'm scared. I know God is in control, though, and am thankful for that. It's supposed to sleet here tomorrow, so I don't know if I'll get to go visit him.
  11. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    Pensacola Bible institute

    Thanks for joining. Please feel free to start a new thread to discuss this topic.
  12. 2 points
    Rebecca

    The beauty of creation

    This is an Orange-banded Pine Moth, apparently it's in the Tiger Moth part of the the moth family. Photo taken by Alan: Here is a photo of a Tiger Moth I took a few years ago:
  13. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    Ezekiel 18:24 and Exodus 32:33

    I did actually ask you to address the verses and tell me why you think the verse says you can lose your salvation. You make the implication of what the verse says, I'm asking you to explain why you believe what you believe.
  14. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    After I visited Randy today (I still can't stay long with him because our road is still icky, even though beginning to melt. We still slip and slide...), the doctor called me. I had just missed him. He wanted to let me know a few things... First, they have taken Randy off all blood thinners for right now because of the hematoma. It is still bleeding, and they have to bring it under control. The day doctor and the night doctor have both consulted with the Seattle hematologist who worked with Randy 2 years ago, and the day doctor also consulted with another hematologist. They are all in agreement about this: Randy needs to get back on a blood thinner because of Factor V, and his DVT. But the anti-coagulants that self-administer stay in the system a while, so if there is a bleed they can't do anything til it's out of the system. The doc told me that the best one for this situation is IV heparin, because they can stop it quickly. So... He is ordering a CAT scan for tomorrow, to see if the bleed is stopping and the hematoma is shrinking. If it is, his order is to administer IV heparin. He does have injury to the muscle where the hematoma is located, as well. The doctor told me he's lost so much blood that he is now anemic. His count was a bit lower today than yesterday, and if it goes much lower he will need a transfusion. The doc was not majorly worried about that (or at least he was downplaying it for me LOL). He was more concerned with the elevation of the CK enzyme (creatine kinase) due to the muscle damage. Too high a level can cause damage to the kidneys, so he is having that watched closely, and has Randy on IV liquids to help lower it. So, while the DVT is a concern, it is necessarily taking a back seat to these other issues for the moment.
  15. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Hubs in the hospital...

    We have a guest speaker set for tomorrow morning. Thankfully, the pastor of the church that started this one will send men as needed, and on a week-by-week basis.
  16. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    10 - 2 - 7

    It's great having you here. An ovation goes out to the Mods here that do a great job moderating the site to keep it safe.
  17. 2 points
    Matt Souza

    Questions

    We as Independent Baptist, do not have any diocese that is led by anyone outside of that local church. Each local Independent Baptist church is exactly that, Independent. And in general, Baptists do not allow same sex marriages as it goes against what Scripture teaches. We love the people and would love to see them come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior but have to stick with what Scripture teaches and this area is sin.
  18. 1 point
    Maye you have the daunting task of putting together your church bulletin, or just maybe you have read the church bulletin on a Sunday Morning and got a little chuckle on how a sentence was worded or the wrong placement of a comma. Here is a list of some of my favorite things that have somehow made its way into our church bulletin. Reminds us that we all need proofreaders at times. Enjoy. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery down stairs. The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement on Friday at 7 pm. The congregation is invited to attend the tragedy. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. Thursday night: Potluck Supper - Prayer and medication will follow. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. Weight Watchers meeting has been moved to 6pm. Please use the double doors when entering. Evening massage - 7 p.m. Next Sunday we have a soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then preach on "It's a Terrible Experience." Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. Don't let worry kill you off - let the church help. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice. The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir. You have a funny blooper from your church bulletin? Please comment it below.
  19. 1 point
    Dailywalk

    Churches

    Thank you and nice to meet you Mr. & Mrs. Alan. I definitely enjoy studying!! I was sure by the comments that everyone on here knows what they believe, thus all the questions lol; but I should probably slow down. Thank you again
  20. 1 point
    Salyan

    Churches

    Hi, DailyWalk That's an awful lot of questions there! Which is a good thing... but it's going to be hard to answer them all in one thread. How about you break these up a bit and start several posts, each on one of the above topics? I think it'll help the discussion be a bit more clear and helpful.
  21. 1 point
    2bLikeJesus

    Which Is Your Favorite Sport?

    Baseball! Which is obviously God's favorite sport as well. Gen 1:1 In the Big Inning God created...
  22. 1 point
    Romans 8:28
  23. 1 point
    My thoughts exactly. It's so sad/gross to see this happen so much.
  24. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

    Online Baptist turned 17 today. We are so thankful for each of you that are part of Online Baptist, and as a thank you and for a little fun for our birthday month, we are having a contest. The winner of this contest will relieve a $25 Amazon or Visa gift card. Rules of the contest are simple...the last one to post in the following thread below in the month of February 2019 will win. That means the last one to post in that thread on February 28 before the clock hits midnight will win, and you can't post back to back. We will be going with the time of the server that Online Baptist is hosted on, so watch the boards the correct time zone. Here is the thread for the contest. Anyone can win except me. Long time member or a new member, makes no difference as long as you are the last one to post in that thread in the month of February 2019
  25. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Jack Van Impe

    Does anyone think it inconsistent with Scripture that he says that God has told him he is to be the prophet to the world. Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; This is the exact message and reason for His church. Mr 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  26. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Jack Van Impe

    Topic moved. Back in the early days I could support Jack Van Impe, not now. I can explain more later, heading out for church now.
  27. 1 point
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- On a foggy and cold February morning, despite the dreary and frigid weather conditions, more than 1,000 pro-life faithful flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the 29th Annual Rose Day Pro-life Rally. The fourth floor rotunda of the capitol was full of rose colored masses proclaiming that each life, no matter how young, old, able bodied, or handicapped, is precious in the eyes of Jesus. The event began at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 6 when pro-life advocates of all ages knocked on the office doors of their legislators at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. These visitors presented roses to encourage pro-life voting during the current session of Congress. Following rose distribution, Oklahoma evangelicals packed the House of Representatives to capacity, with overflow seating in the Senate across the rotunda. To begin the rally, pro-life State Senate and House members were called by name and lined the front of the House of Representatives, signifying that they chose to fight for the rights of the Oklahoma unborn. Accompanying some representatives were their own children and grandchildren. Children were a common sight at the Rose Day Rally. The voices of the "Little Light Choir" from Little Light Christian School filled the House chambers as the choir performed songs like "This Little Light of Mine." Little Light Christian School is a school that provides a free, private education to children of incarcerated parents. Those in attendance joined in song, stirring emotional reactions from many in the audience. One Oklahoman who has spent his lifetime being a voice for the voiceless was honored with the Rose Day "Pro-Life Champion" Award. Tony Lauinger, long-time Rose Day Committee member, was awarded the honor of "Pro-Life Champion" as tears filled his eyes and a look of shock covered his face. Lieutenant Governor Matt Pennel reassured all within earshot that the state of Oklahoma has a pro-life lieutenant governor, a pro-life governor and pro-life legislators, "Defending life will continue to be a priority in this building," Pennell said. He then introduced Gov. Kevin Stitt saying, "[What] I respect more than anything in this man is that he is a great dad." Stitt, who earlier that week delivered his state of the state address in the same chambers, said, "Monday I talked about our state being top 10 as one of my goals. Pro-life is an issue that we want to be number one in." The governor referenced recent legislation passed in New York and proposed in Virginia, which makes late-term abortions legal. Stitt said there are only seven countries in the world that allow abortion past 20 weeks' gestation, which puts the United States in the same category as countries like China and North Korea. "I believe life begins at conception. Jeremiah 1:5 He knew every one of us before we were born. "As a believer (and) as a father of six, protecting life is one of the reasons I ran for Governor. I want to make sure to work with our legislators and influence our Supreme Court to change things and move this forward. As your governor, I will do everything I can to protect life in Oklahoma," Stitt said. Rally keynote speaker Jen Bricker shared her story with those in attendance. Bricker was born with no legs. Her biological parents left her in the hospital with no name and no family. Bricker told rally attendees, "By being here today, you all are supporting someone like myself, someone who couldn't speak for themselves." Bricker said her biological mother didn't know that she would be born without legs. She only had one ultrasound during her pregnancy. "You know that if there had been an ultrasound and they would have known, I would not be here today," Bricker said. Bricker was adopted and grew up in an environment not unlike other children. At one point, a doctor told Bricker's parents that she would never be able to sit up on her own. Her parents refused to accept that and went to another doctor. "My dad asked this doctor to tell him one thing, 'Will she ever be able to sit up on her own?' To which the doctor replied, 'She is going to do things that are beyond your wildest imagination.'" Bricker said from that moment on, her parents taught her never to make excuses, and that if she wanted to accomplish something she would need to work hard at it. With this in mind, Bricker went on to do normal activities most children do, including roller skating. Eventually she would compete as a competitive power tumbler and win state in high school against able-bodied athletes. Ultimately, she would become an aerial performer for organizations like Disney. Today, she still performs but primarily travels around the world, telling her story and how her parents chose life for a little girl they had never met. "This really shines light on my parents, who are the true heroes," Bricker said. "So if you're here today but you're wondering why, you have a purpose. You are here for a reason; you are not an accident."
  28. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Text message

    $25.5 million. It's got to be at least a billion for me to reply. Lol
  29. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Text message

    Thank you for reporting. The user had been banned.
  30. 1 point
    John Young

    Matthew 16:27-28

    Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  31. 1 point
    1Timothy115

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I'm continuing to pray for Randy and you.
  32. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Hubs in the hospital...

    Hang in there HC, you are right, God is in control and does answer prayer. With the weather the way it is please don't push yourself. It does Randy no good if you have an accident or medical problem also. Prayers still coming your way.
  33. 1 point
    DaveW

    Pensacola Bible institute

    Why would anyone want to start an argument over a post that is now more than ten years old, and whose participants for the most part are not even on here any more?
  34. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Hubs in the hospital...

    Thank you. Please continue to keep us updated so we can keep praying for Randy. I'm not sure what I can do, but if we can do something, please let me know.
  35. 1 point
    1Timothy115

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I'm continuing to pray for you both and of course the doctors to have wisdom as they administer treatment..
  36. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Hubs in the hospital...

    Thank you for the update LuAnne. Although this sounds very serious it seems like the doctors are doing all they can and also seem competent. I will continue n prayer for Randy. Please try to keep us updated as you are able
  37. 1 point
    1Timothy115

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I'll be praying for Randy and you too.
  38. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Hubs in the hospital...

    I'll be praying for Randy.
  39. 1 point
    DaveW

    Hubs in the hospital...

    Praying.
  40. 1 point
    Salyan

    Hubs in the hospital...

    He's on our prayer list. :)
  41. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Jesus' Church

    Church perpetuity is guaranteed by the words of Jesus when he stated that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The examples in Scripture concerning church planting all revolve around "churches begetting churches." While it is true that men went out and started churches, it was always under the authority of their sending church. The purity of the Gospel message and authority to start new churches is encapsulated in what we call The Great Commission when Jesus told his church to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. This command was not given to an individual, but rather to His church. To imagine that just because a man is saved and indwelt of The Holy Spirit is authority enough to start a church, when that man has never submitted himself to any Baptist Church authority is dangerous. I believe that this is also why we see churches separated into "Denominations" that hold to heretical doctrine and teaching. You cannot have church perpetuity apart from church authority. There is no justification for the differences we see in churches started by some man apart from the Scriptural outline that shows how churches are to be started and what they are to teach. 2Thes. 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 2Tim 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. The same doctrine and principals as the first churches taught can only be taught by genuine New Testament Churches. This is church perpetuity.
  42. 1 point
    1Timothy115

    10 - 2 - 7

    Ten years, two months, and seven days ago I joined Online Baptist (OB). Many were here before me, many have left the site, and many have since joined. OB has always been a great place to fellowship with other like minded believers and continues to be so today. This is a refreshing place to come and just read the remarks of others or comment as the Lord leads. All in all each of you have helped me to grow in my walk with the Lord. I look forward to continuing visits here until the Lord says otherwise. Thanks Matt for a great environment for IFB and IB alike.
  43. 1 point
    Matt Souza

    Whats for Supper...

    Kinda sappy, but got my wife a heart shaped pizza tonight before church.
  44. 1 point
    It's no doubt that mobile is the future. Stats on Online Baptist shows that our users are now evenly divided in between desktop and mobile. If you read the subject line, you may be wondering, what in the world is PWA? In short it stands for Progressive Web App. Pretty much Progressive web applications are web applications that load like regular web pages or websites but can offer the user functionality such as working offline, push notifications, and device hardware access traditionally available only to native applications. Still reading this? Good. What this means is simply that we have partially enabled PWA on this website. Pretty much what you can do right now is when browsing Online Baptist on your phone (Android) you can click the settings button in Chrome and then Click "Add to Home Screen". What that will allow you to do is add a shortcut on your phone as an icon and browse Online Baptist as a web application. It still is a work in progress and hopefully by the end of this year I will have it converted into an apk so that it can be downloaded from the Google play store. Just keeping you updated on the progress of Online Baptist. Thank you for being part of this community.
  45. 1 point
    DaveW

    Questions

    I have very little to add to Jim's statement. My point in making the correction is that as independent Baptists (individual and independent churches) we try to follow what the Bible says. If you would like to read 1 Timothy 3: 1Ti 3:1-7 (1) This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. (2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (4) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) (6) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (7) Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. I will point out to you that the term bishop is a biblical term, but not in the way the Catholic church uses it. I will further point out to you that the term "husband" in vs 2 is specifically masculine in its meaning and application, thus prohibiting the appointing of women to the position of bishop, pastor, elder (the three interchangeable and biblical terms for a pastor), and further more the term "wife" in vs 2 is specifically feminine, thus restricting the partner of a bishop (pastor, elder) to being a woman. I know that many groups try to change this passage to say "spouse of one spouse", but the language used absolutely does not allow it, therefore a Pastor, bishop, Elder, must be a man, and his spouse must be a woman. The KJV uses those terms because they are gender specific and they accurately reflect the meaning behind the words. Thus, according to the Bible, a woman cannot be a Pastor, and a member of a same sex couple cannot be a Pastor. In both cases they do not fit the biblically laid out qualifications. The church you contacted probably does not want to put in writing something that could open them up to lawsuit by those who seek to damage Christianity. And no, Independent Baptist Churches are not ruled over by a governing body. We are individual separate churches, who on occasion will join together to fellowship with like minded churches, but we do not have any authority over one another.
  46. 1 point
    DaveW

    Church or Family of God

    This is an interesting subject....... For my part, it is more about going forward than looking backwards. As far as we can see in the Bible, churches are started by men sent out from other churches. What that means is that if someone wants to start a church they should do it with the proper authority from a sending church, just like in the Bible. But as far as history is concerned..... 1. If someone is relying on their past to prove their current standing they are on dangerous ground. Where does that church stand TODAY? 2. How would anyone prove lineage all the way back? With all the persecution and subsequent secrecy at times it is practically impossible and therefore practically useless. But just because a line of authority is impossible to prove in the past doesn't mean we shouldn't follow the biblical example of starting churches with authority. How your church does things today is far more important than history and heritage. Those things can be undone in a matter of weeks even, with the influence of one strong willed man. But a comparison to the Bible TODAY shows where a church is today.
  47. 1 point
    Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Church or Family of God

    Can you prove your doctrinal teachings go back to the first century? At any rate, why be concerned what anyone thinks of your ministry if you are doing it according to the instruction book that Paul gave the churches. After condemning those that teach another gospel, he writes: "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10 KJV).
  48. 1 point
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    Love his cute "smiling face".....
  49. 1 point
    Alan

    Scientific Facts in the Bible.

    The Ordinances of Heaven Job 38:33, “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? An ordinance is an established law or rule. Astronomer and mathematician, Johannes Kepler 1571-1630, verified that the sun and the planets are governed by scientific laws, or ordinances. Johannes Kepler was a devout Christian. Kepler believed that God created the universe as the Bible says He did. Psalm 119: 90 & 91, “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.” All of the ordinances of the physical universe were established by God. The ordinances of heaven include: the revolution of the earth the planets, the solar system, the revolution of the galaxy, and gravity. These ordinances were not understood throughout the centuries until scientists verified the ordinances of the solar system. Johannes Kepler, and other scientists, has verified that the universe and all biological life is based on scientific fact. Evolution is based on randomness not verifiable scientific fact. Jeremiah 31: 35-37, “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.” God established the ordinances of heaven, the physical universe, in Genesis chapter 1. These ordinances will continue until He creates the new heaven and the new earth: Isaiah 66: 22; 2 Peter 3:10-13 and Revelation 21:1
  50. 1 point
    LAF

    Last one to post in this thread wins

    I think he wants us to keep on posting till Jesus comes ..
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