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  1. Alan

    A Word of Encouragment

    I would like to pass along an unusual experience I had about three weeks ago that blessed my heart and I would like to pass along the blessing. On Taiwan there are a huge amount of motorcycles. Due to the price of gasoline being very high, parking places very few, and traffic congestion also high, they are smaller in size than in the US (most of the them are from 50cc to 125cc). Also, unlike most countries, they park them on the sidewalks and every place imaginable. Almost always there are people coming and going on the motorcycles, and, as usual, there are people just sitting on the moto
    8 points
  2. weary warrior

    Starting Again

    We have arrived in Washington and have begun service in the church here. This last Sunday was our first Sunday, and the Lord blessed. The church has been running a steady attendance of 6 regular people for months. We had 14 here Sunday, including my son and I and 6 visitors. and there was an easy liberty to preach. I preached a short, simple message from Luke 8 on the woman who touched the hem of Christ's garment, contrasting her with all of the throng who was jostling Jesus, but never did "touch" Him. I just wanted to update everyone, and ask for continued prayes
    8 points
  3. Over here we are about to head into the last bit of Christmas eve, so I want to wish you all a merry Christmas. Argue all you like about the terminology, the day, the date, the theology, etc, but I mean it in the simplest and nicest sense. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
    7 points
  4. We have only two little girls coming to Sunday School at this point. They knew nothing much about the Bible before they started attending. So I've been very careful about how I present salvation to them. And I've been praying quite a bit in the last few weeks for them. Well, Sunday morning the oldest girl accepted Christ as her Savior!! We were near the end of our lesson. The Bible stories have all been about the life of Christ. I also teach a practical application story. This past Sunday I divided the story of George Washington Carver in half and told it in Sunday School and Jr Church. Part o
    7 points
  5. I think there are things that most church members just dont really know or understand about pastoring and preaching. And we ourselves often cant clarify it for them. For instance, I am completely exhausted after preaching. Body, soul and spirit, I am completely pored out. I am not a screamer or a "windsucker" kind of preacher, but I am passionate, focused and "all in" when I preach. I usually feel like I just finished digging ditches for 8 hours, except digging ditches doesnt drain me spiritualy and emotionally. Add to that 1 1/2 hours of picking up kids before church from the surrounding
    7 points
  6. weary warrior

    Reverend?

    The name or title "reverend" only appears 1 time in all of scripture. Psa 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend ishis name. The only time it is used is as a name for God. He is the "revered one" if you will. So I can't help but wonder how we, the humble servants of God, can have the temerity to refer to ourselves, or let others refer to us, as "Reverend". We are not ever to be "revered ones", but humble servants who lead the church in grace and humility and truth by our example.
    7 points
  7. This coming weekend we will be having Andrew and Shawn Canavan in to present the field of Ireland (we have known Andrew since a baby, and Shawn for 14ish years, so are really excited). On Saturday, the 15th, the ladies will host an Irish tea with Shawn speaking. Our church is very tiny (seems to be growing smaller on a regular basis), so there won't be many ladies there, but I know it will be a blessing. While we are having our tea, my husband and Andrew will venture to downtown Port Townsend to do some street witnessing. We have ordered a sandwich sign (hopefully it will be ready
    6 points
  8. This past Sunday evening I presented a message from Matthew 24:4-14 entitled, "Expect These Things." The theme of the message was that we New Testament believers should expect certain things to occur throughout this time of the church age. In Matthew 24:4-14 our Lord provided a prophetic utterance concerning things that SHALL occur. He was not speaking concerning the future Tribulation Period, for He does not speak concerning that until Matthew 24:15. Rather, He was speaking concerning the time period in which we are at the very present -- the time period of the New Testament church. What
    6 points
  9. DaveW

    Happy Australia Day

    Happy Australia Day everyone! 26th January 1788 is the day the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove. 11 ships 1400 people, and an evangelical preacher called Richard Johnson, who brought with him 4200 bibles. He preached from Psalm 116: 12, 13 12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. The first Christian message preached on Australian shores was from this passage, by a man who refused to preach good works (when ordered by the governor), instead preaching of salvation by
    6 points
  10. Well, after 10 years since the last one, we've accepted a request to take a pastorate of a little church in Washington State 40 miles south of Spokane. They've been looking for a pastor with "callused hands and muddy boots" who can relate to the farmers, ranchers and working men of the area. When they first contacted me back in June, we turned down the offer, not feeling we were up to it. But they never found a pastor they were looking for, and we never found the ministry we were looking for. So when they came back around again last month, we accepted after much prayer. I'm taking of
    6 points
  11. Jer 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: That was spoken to Israel, and it refers to worshipping false gods/idols/graven images that were crafted from the wood of the tree by a "workman". For example... Isa 44:13-17 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he
    6 points
  12. weary warrior

    Starting Again

    Went from 14 people last Sunday to 23 today. Had fully half of the high school wrestling team from the local public school present. And not one person is someone I myself have met and invited to church. No drums, electric guitars etc, no give-aways, no programs, no contests. The highest attendance this church has seen in the last 8 years was 14, and that was last Sunday. I don't know what God is doing, but He's the one doing it. All I can do is remain faithful, preach the truth, love these people and hang on for the ride. It's a testament to God's faithfulness that He is rewarding t
    6 points
  13. Quite frankly, the title of this thread is misleading and somewhat deceitful. The title implies that Baptists do not fast and therefore Baptists are not spiritual and do not obey the admonition to fast. This is one of the reasons why I have never commented on this thread the years that I have been on Online Baptist. In other words, the title of this thread already insinuates that "Baptists" do not fast which is an error. Quite a few "Baptists" do fast; they just don't tell everyone about it. Why? The Lord Jesus said, "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad counten
    6 points
  14. Acts 20:29-30 -- "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."
    5 points
  15. Being part of a small church we always seem to have some sort of distraction. While in a larger church some distractions may not be all that noticeable, smaller churches they become a bigger distraction. Our service yesterday started off like it normally does and everything was going along as planned. My daughter was scheduled to sing the special right before the preaching. We had a guest speaker Jonathan Lyons the VP for Missions for Forgotten Peoples with us. In the middle of my daughters special, I noticed a gentlemen coughing a little, then it keep getting louder and more freq
    5 points
  16. People that have never been exposed to an extremely strong Boston accent may not "get" this. I know that BroMatt will. This is one that I will never forget. Once upon a time, long long ago, I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law back home in Massachusetts. On Sunday evening they invited me to accompany them to their church's evening service. Before the actual preaching the pastor did a little teaching thing where he would say a biblical word and someone in the congregation would have to use that word in a biblical sentence. He went through a few words, with people correctly
    5 points
  17. Christian Charity given willingly and directly to noble causes is not the same as compulsory giving to the government who then chooses for you where and how money is spent. Jesus asks you to do it directly and willingly. The politician seeks forced payment, forces you to give them your money while promising to only give some of it to the poor and even then to things which are appalling and poorly managed, then many squander what you give them to the point there is never enough for the original cause, so then demands more money which they then take by force from you. NOT. THE. SAME.
    5 points
  18. Chase Tallent

    Steven Anderson

    At some point the church has got to start calling a spade a spade or in this case a heretic a heretic. So sick of this anything goes Christianity. I have heard folks (not on here) defend people that have gone full blown apostate and say that they believe they are saved but confused. What about the part in the bible that says if we deny Him, He will deny us. Just because Anderson sprinkles in some truth along with his heresy doesn't make him any less of a heretic. Anderson isn't confused he knows exactly what he is doing. BTW if he loves the bible as much as he claims he would step away fr
    5 points
  19. SureWord

    Job Interview

    Well, it's 2am in the morning and I can't sleep because I worry about my job situation. Seems the school is going virtual so I'm out of a job again. I've applied to so many jobs and when I had one lined up the CDL examination doctor failed my physical. In haste I changed my license to a "K" restriction to be able to keep my CDL but this basically means I can only drive a school bus, farm equipment or a van full of illegal aliens to work. I decided to take another CDL physical and that doctor passed me saying he couldn't understand why the other doctor failed me. I think it's because the other
    5 points
  20. Alan

    Blessings with Tracts.

    About three weeks ago, while passing out tracts, I had placed a tract on a public phone. Yes! A few public phones in this technological changing world still exist in Taiwan! The next Sunday a man and wife, who were visiting in the area, came for church services. In the introduction they let us know that they were already Christians, were visiting the area, and found our church through a tract placed on the top of a public phone. The wife then took the tract out of her purse and showed it to the congregation. The couple loved the Lord and were thankful for the tract. They visited the churc
    5 points
  21. My Chinese friend Wu Cheng suffered from respiratory problems. Most of the time he could control it through some sort of meditation he developed himself. But there were times when he was in Alaska that it overcame him and I hauled him into the ER where they were able to get the attack to subside. Unfortunately when his Visa ran out and he had to return to Beijing, the smog there was his undoing. Within two weeks of his return he was found dead in his apartment by one of his students. I still, after twenty years feel his loss very deeply, while at the same time rejoicing that; in the time
    5 points
  22. God Would Have ALL Men to be Saved!! 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 1Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. == A stake in the false teaching Calvinism's heart!
    5 points
  23. Alan

    Social Distancing

    I was watching the news the other day on my computer and the they were explaining that we need to keep a safe distance, six feet, from other people (... six feet ...) . So, I moved my computer screen six feet away from me.
    5 points
  24. I'm a Baptist. I've been teaching my daughters social distancing from boys for a long time time now. lol
    5 points
  25. Ukulelemike

    An apology

    Okay, so when I posted the articles concerning David Cloud, the Australian church, and the issue of the timing of the rapture, I did not intend for it to go where it did, though out of experience, I should have seen that happening. My intention was just to put forth whether the timing of the rapture should be considered a fundamental of the faith, and a matter of separation and heresy. Yes, it was a disagreement with David Cloud's position, but it was not meant in any ways to disparage him and his ministry, a ministry that I have used often, and do to this day. But yes, it was a disagree
    5 points
  26. According to a reliable source: the whale died of indigestion. The SPCA arrested Jonah and was fined for cruelty to an animal.
    5 points
  27. I love the way you mischaracterise the literal interpreter so that you can then discredit them. That is what is called a "Straw man argument". The literal interpreter takes the literal interpretation unless there is a reason to take it otherwise. The reason could be a literary mechanism, such as when the Bible uses the term "like", which indicates that something is not the literal stated item but is "like" it. Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a d
    5 points
  28. We had a NY's fellowship last night here at the church, with games and finger food planned. Well, instead of just the core 10 church members showing up, 34 people arrived. People I had never met before. Including about 10 teenagers from town who are totally unchurched and unsaved. I spent the entire evening policing. Don't get me wrong, everyone had a great time, although the carpet in the fellowship hall may never recover. When everything was done, and all were gone, I found myself upstairs in my office at about 12:30am this morning praying. There had been no preaching, no evangelism,
    5 points
  29. Ah, but this report is wherein the incorrect estimation lies. Actually, some Christians have Christmas trees "in spite of Jeremiah 10" because they do NOT believe that Jeremiah 10:1-16 is talking about Christmas trees, but that it is talking about idols formed and carved from trees. They are not seeking to stand in stubborn disobedience against the Lord. Rather, they simply do not believe that this passage at all reveals our Lord's viewpoint concerning Christmas trees, but only His viewpoint concerning idols. They believe this because of the statements made throughout the WHOLE context of
    5 points
  30. DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    Sunset tonight at Point Preston.
    5 points
  31. Jesus said that the only sin which cannot be forgiven is the "blasphemy of the Holy Ghost". So to say that homosexuals or effeminates cannot be saved is quite frankly a lie of the Devil. The Bible plainly mentions "abusers of themselves with mankind" and (speaking to Christians) says "and such were some of you". Now a Homosexual or effeminate who has blasphemed the Holy Ghost; that is, of course, a different story, they sin their "day of grace" away as anyone else doing the same. As to a "reprobate mind", this is a morally corrupt mind. But God does not "make" a person think, say or do wicked
    5 points
  32. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness is power under control. This is why Scripture describes Jesus as meek; He certainly had the power, but He also had it under control. As to the effeminate issue I cannot speak to it, I have never seen it in a church setting, only in the world in general. Perhaps it would be profitable for you to stop "church hopping" and find a church home to settle in to.
    5 points
  33. The foundation for truth is NOT human logic. The foundation for truth is BIBLICAL REVELATION!!! Human logic is the foundation for human philosophy; and if an individual is not careful, human philosophy will lead astray. Human logic (just as human emotion) is of value WHEN it is sanctified by the Holy Spirit; HOWEVER, human logic is NOT the FOUNDATION for truth. In fact, when it is not sanctified by the Holy Spirit, human logic (as well as human emotion) will be faulty and corrupt, and will thus lead into error. Those who have full assurance of faith in the Lord our God will be
    5 points
  34. It was a joy to have @Jordan Kurecki preach and present his work for us. It was good to to finally meet him after knowing him online for a few years. I want to encourage all you pastors out there to give him a call and have him present his work in your church, you will be blessed. Thank you Brother for coming to our small church and being a help to our people.
    5 points
  35. We are literally burning! CA has over 3400 SQUARE MILES that have burned (just to give a little sense of distance, it's 2200 miles from here - Sequim, WA - to Indiana...). OR and WA are also burning. We have lost over 330,000 acres in just 24 hours here in WA. There are fires raging in other western states as well Now, I know someone will probably say that CA is reaping what the government has sown re: closing churches, etc. And that is quite likely. But I do know that it is also a mismanagement of land care by Democrat officials who like to claim environmental care (you know, tree hugger
    4 points
  36. Paul covers this issue quite competently and clearly, in Romans 7: "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death." The highlighted area seems quite clear to me: The only was so
    4 points
  37. And that changes nothing at all of what I said. Christ has done His part: Died to pay for the sin of the world; Lightens every man that comes into the world; draws all men to Him from the cross. What more does anyone need from Him? The Lord also gave us His word. Then, we who hear and respond and are saved speak the gospel to those we are able to speak it to, and faith comes HOW? Faith cometh by HEARING, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. So, all men have the light of Christ, the drawing of Christ, the word of God, and the gospel. Just because most will choose to reject it, doesn't mean G
    4 points
  38. Been looking for full time work for nearly 2 months. Thought I found it twice just to get laid off both times. Please pray for me in Jesus Grace I might find work. Beginning to think I will never find a job again.
    4 points
  39. Always like to visit a soul-winning church. Tabernacle Baptist Church, Lebanon, Missouri, among other soul-winning efforts, has a "Free Day Away," program for soldiers in training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. the church uses buses to bus soldiers to the church in Lebanon, MO and provides a day away from the base with a meal, activities, and a church service. On this particular service I was able to lead one of the soldiers to Christ.
    4 points
  40. The Bible Institute taught by local pastors is a good one if there are other local pastors in the area. I had a part in that type of training while I was in Alaska. It was very successful and needy at the time, since we were training two missionary families that were to go to Magadan, Far East Russia and they had very little time to prepare. This way they could still live at home, tend to things needing to be done before they left, like selling their homes and other needful things. This was almost thirty years ago, they were very grateful for this type of opportunity, established two chur
    4 points
  41. weary warrior

    Music help?

    I appreciate all of the advice and encouragement. We had 28 present again yesterday. I chose "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" because of its very short verses and modest range. And with 6 verses, there was opportunity for them to kind of learn it by the time we were done. It went much better...no one's ears were bleeding by the time we finished. It all actually is a blessing in a way. We sing the one song, I rattle through 1/2 dozen announcements and then go straight into the preaching. As you might imagine from reading my posts on here over the years, my preaching is not what on
    4 points
  42. DaveW

    Fires in Austrailia

    Just an update. There are people worldwide who are blaming the recent and current bushfires on "climate change". As I have already mentioned, fires such as these (this scale) are not common, but also not unprecedented. Twice in the last 40 years we have seen fires similar to this. I don't know if it is being reported, but over the last 2 - 4 weeks there have over 180 arrests of arsonists related to the recent and current bushfires. This is unprecedented. We do have fire bugs of course, but a bad year would be 30 arrests through the nation over the entire summer. 180+ is as
    4 points
  43. DaveW

    Fires in Austrailia

    Ok then - a few bits about this. The article is referencing the fires on the East coast - I am on the West Coast. That means that those fires are not affecting me. However, there are extensive fires along the east coast and in fact all over Australia. Every State and Territory is suffering fires at the moment. But it is summer in Australia, and we ALWAYS have fires in summer. These are worse than recent years, but really only because the last several years have been relatively mild. The stuff about our Prime Minister is political fluff from his opponents. The PM is n
    4 points
  44. I do a lot of expository preaching and I try to find something in the passage, usually a story, or an incident, that shows that the scriptures, and the truths contained therein, are for our good. I would like to mention two scripture verses to point out my thoughts. Moses said, "And the LORD commanded us to do these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day." Deuteronomy 6:24 Paul said, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the wor
    4 points
  45. I had a great Christmas. My church surprised us and flew in my daughter and Son-in-law from CA to Ct.
    4 points
  46. Salyan

    Matthew 12:40

    I think it’s Thursday, too. Oh, and I’m closing this thread. I see no value in having it periodically reopened in case there’s someone here to start an argument.
    4 points
  47. DaveW

    Steven Anderson

    Why even bother? This guy is clearly a false teacher, and no Bible lover should have anything to do with him. I don't know why you insist on defending a man who is so clearly a bad testimony for the Lord, and who is so clearly a false teacher, and so clearly a hateful man. Anything that he gets right you can find with teachers who don't have his false teaching. In my opinion, anyone who is so prominent as a teacher online and promotes themselves as such is unbiblical - IF he is a pastor (regardless of what he calls himself), he should concern himself with the flock to which
    4 points
  48. I feel that your definition of "rule" denotes only the negative aspects of a ruler. Not all who rule are bad, evil, unfair, or serve their own self-interests... Romans 13:3, Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24 God himself has commanded that the wife be in subjection to her own husband. If you want to know how a husband is to rule over his wife the correct, loving, and godly way, perhaps this will help? Ephesians 5:22-33 To "rule" involves more than laying down the law and enforcing it. It involves taking care of those under you, loving them, tending to their needs, protecting th
    4 points
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