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  1. DaveW

    My daughter to PNG

    My daughter, Hannah-Rose is a registered nurse. She has left Perth this afternoon to fly to Brisbane and then on to Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea. She will be serving at Kunai health clinic. The clinic is an independent baptist missionary run clinic with the purpose of reaching the people of the Kotidanga region and beyond for the Lord. I would appreciate prayer for her travel and for her service for the Lord into the future. Regards, DaveW
    9 points
  2. This short but powerful message of Alan's sums up his life's mission. He lived it to the very end for the Glory of God. Another classic sermon of his was about heaven and the New Jerusalem. He loved the topic and now he is living it. These two messages from Alan will be a blessing to hear. Though he is gone we will meet him again!
    9 points
  3. So my Dad's remaining brother contracted covid, as did his wife. (Just FYI - this is not a thread about covid, so don't make it so...just know that masking, "social" distancing, isolation, etc., were all practiced by the family and yet he and his wife contracted covid. Viruses are gonna virus...) My uncle, Dave, ended up in ICU on a respirator. Today I was told that they had to take him off everything - they had to remove air from around his heart and lungs, so the oxygen had to be removed. He had suffered a number of strokes and there is no brain activity. And they said it is only a matter of time. My uncle is saved, and will be reunited with his parents, my dad, and their 3 other brothers, as well as I know rejoicing upon seeing Jesus. The "baby" - their sister - is still alive. There is a lot of family, actually. Most in WVA, so we have not seen them in years. My cousin and her husband moved back to WVA a couple of years ago to be closer to family. She has not been able to see her dad since this covid stuff started months ago. As one who has gone through the loss of a dad, my heart breaks for her. Especially now, when likely there will be no funeral allowed. She also has 2 brothers. And there are a slew of cousins. Prayer for comfort, wisdom, and drawing nearer to the Lord would be appreciated.
    9 points
  4. DaveW

    My friend

    I miss the reasoned, godly voice and advice of my friend Alan. I miss his lessons posted here. I miss his input to the discussions. Mostly I miss his gentle advice, direction, and when necessary, rebukes. Pro 27:6(a) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; Pro 27:17 (17) Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Although we never met face to face, I count him as a true friend, and look forward to the day when we do meet face to face, as we glory in the Lord together.
    8 points
  5. Why would you need to update anything? The ‘old language’ is still perfectly good English.The fact that modern folks are too lazy to learn the meanings of words is no reason to change the Bible. Save your trouble and buy a dictionary. You’ve hit a bone of contention for me - not so much in defense of the KJV, but in defense of good English. You can’t really ‘simplify’ something without removing the depths of the meaning of the larger words. I think such an attempt, if made honestly to retain the true meaning, would result in unnecessary wordiness and a more confusing text. Also, modern English has lost nuances — such as the difference between me and thee — an important difference in meaning that would be lost if the text was updated.
    8 points
  6. Jim_Alaska

    10% offering

    Many times it is difficult to understand another persons situation when you don't know all the facts. Therefore it is hard to make a valid suggestion about the situation. In this case I know where totoosart lives. He lives in a country where Christianity is not only banned, but the authorities actually seek out Christians and try to detect where and when they may be meeting. If the authorities find them or their meeting place there, can be life threatening consequences, in other words they could be arrested and even put to death. So this situation can have dire consequences for him if he is not extremely careful. Just owning a Bible or trying to give out Bibles can be dangerous.
    7 points
  7. I am posting this with permission from the family. One of our members @Alan has gone on to be with the Lord last week. Alan was a great contributor here, and was a blessing and encouragement to many on Online Baptist. Alan will truly be missed on this earth, but he is now with our creator. Please keep the family in your prayers during this time as there are details that need to be worked out. Please feel free to comment below on how Alan was an encouragement and/or blessing to you.
    7 points
  8. Just to clarify: Mary is not the mother of God. She is the mother of Jesus, of His human nature. I have heard various messages through the years about Mary's faith, about how the Lord used Mary, her as an example to us, her words "whatsoever He saith to you, do it"). She was only a virgin until after the birth of Jesus. She had at least 6 other children (four sons, and at least two daughters, because the passages say "sisters"). She certainly was a godly woman, a woman of faith. Of course, we should teach about her as much as any other Bible character - but not exalt her or focus on her more exclusively than anyone else (not saying you are trying to do that - just want to clarify, as I came from a nominal Catholic background).
    6 points
  9. It amazes me how many people think that the government is the one that gives us freedom. Freedom comes from our creator. If anyone feels that we have not lost any freedom, then they themselves are enslaved to the government.
    6 points
  10. Thank you all for praying. For those who don't know, I'm Alan's daughter. This was posted on the facebook page started to keep family and friends informed of the situation: "For all who have been following. Plans have been discussed and settled. We are having a Memorial Service for Maurice Young, Saturday May 15th at 10 am, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Lebanon, Missouri, Pastor Don Ball presiding. There is a luncheon afterwards for family and friends. For some family and friends, we are having graveside services Friday May 14th, at 11:30 in St. Louis. If more info is needed, message me for details. There are hotels in Lebanon, they can be found on internet. Thanks for all your prayers and support for our families loss." ____________________ If you could also be in prayer for the memorial service that will take place here in Taiwan on April 22nd, we would be grateful.
    6 points
  11. I counted Bro. Alan as a friend. We never met, but did exchange private messages. I always enjoyed his sermons and devotions. His departure seems sudden because he had a stroke. Still praying for his family. When something like this happens on the mission field, there are always complications.
    6 points
  12. Since an answer does not seem forthcoming, allow me to provide the grammatical facts concerning the meaning and significance of the "archaic" pronouns "thee," "thou," and "ye." Concerning PERSONAL PRONOUNS in English 1st person personal pronouns are those referring to one's self. 2nd person personal pronouns are those referring to another or others spoken to directly. 3rd person personal pronouns are those referring to another or others spoken about indirectly. Personal pronouns contain both singular and plural forms for the sake of accuracy, EXCEPT in the case of the 2nd person personal pronouns for present-day English: Singular Plural 1st person -- I (nominative case), me (objective case) we (nominative case), us (objective case) 2nd person -- you (nominative case), you (objective case) you (nominative case), you (objective case) 3rd person -- he, she (nominative), him, her (objective) they (nominative case), them (objective case) (Note: For present-day English usage, the pronoun "you" serves both for the singular and plural, as well as both for the nominative and objective cases in both the singular and plural. As such, some element of confusion is possible; and since both the Hebrew and Greek possess distinct forms for the singular and plural 2nd person personal pronouns, some aspect of accuracy would be lost.) However, personal pronouns contain both singular and plural forms for the sake of accuracy WITHOUT exception if we use the more "archaic" English forms: Singular Plural 1st person -- I (nominative case), me (objective case) we (nominative case), us (objective case) 2nd person -- thou (nominative case), thee (objective case) ye (nominative case), you (objective case) 3rd person -- he, she (nominative), him, her (objective) they (nominative case), them (objective case) (Note: When using the more "archaic" English personal pronoun forms, the pronouns "thou," "thee," "ye," and "you" each serve in a distinct manner to accurately distinguish the singular and plural, as well as to distinguish the nominative and objective cases in both the singular and plural. As such, these more "archaic" English personal pronouns in the King James translation retain the precise accuracy of the Hebrew and Greek from which they are translated.)
    6 points
  13. Rebecca

    Christmas service

    I just wanted to share what an amazing service we had at church today. I serve at a little church in Taitung, Taiwan. Since last year, our church has done an outreach with the Indonesian workers that live in and around our city (caregivers and fishermen). We had a good Christmas service with many attending last year, and this year we made plans to do the same thing, to have our church members be servants to the Indonesians who attend the Christmas service. Word got around and today we had a record-smashing 98 people attend service today! Many of them are Muslim and they all listened well as the gospel was shared as Christ was glorified and preached. While no decisions were made, seeds were planted. Please pray for the people who heard the gospel today, they know how to reach any of us if they have questions, so pray they have the courage to reach out! The lady to the right of the pastor is translating everything from Chinese to Indonesian. The little church building was packed wall to wall, front to back. I sat in the back on the stairs!
    6 points
  14. Do you ever have anything else to offer here in the community forum besides this incessant election nonsense? Anything edifying or the least bit biblical? We all know who the god of this world is and this is of know surprise to us. The Supreme Court has been siding with Satan for 50 years now. You apparently think this is a sign of things getting better when it is nothing but a dog returning to its vomit Bible believers know better.
    6 points
  15. I hold to a pre-tribulational rapture position, primarily due to my understanding of the grammatical and contextual flow of thought in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.
    5 points
  16. No. This American government is not legitimate. These are not "vaccines", they are gene therapies. They are deceiving and being deceived, calling evil good and good evil. I spent about three weeks in the hospital this year because of it, my wife and children all had it. We have the anti-bodies and have no need for any kind of shot related to the Wuhan Flu. My father and sister got the shots, they are both now in the poorest health of their lives, both requiring surgery very soon. There's no need for anyone to take the gene therapies for a virus with a 99% survival rate. This whole charade defies common sense.
    5 points
  17. God does not say is word is purified seven times. he says it is like silver purified seven times. The comparison is the to the end product of the purified silver, not the process of getting to the silver. God tells us that Holy Men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit and that the scriptures are given by inspiration of God. To claim that God's originally inspired word given in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek needed any kind of purifying is heretical nonsense. There are no impurities in what God gives by Inspiration and it needs no purifying. Also the purifying verse has nothing to do with translation. When David wrote that Psalm under Inspiration he was just talking about the pureness of God's word, not some need for it to be purified. End product is in mind, not the process of purification of silver.
    5 points
  18. Huh? Makes no sense. You always had the freedom to stay in the cottage. To now say you have the freedom to read and write is a lie because you always had that freedom as that was always your choice to be in or out of the cottage. Sounds a lot like what Hitler did to gain control. To now call staying in freedom is a lie because you always had that freedom to travel or stay home. That's the mentality I see in dictator leaderships
    5 points
  19. Spoken like a true dictator
    5 points
  20. The only hostility I see is coming from those who believe they have a moral superiority over those who choose not to get the jab(s). Beginning with the White House (sending out a "strike force," pushing for social media and texting to be tracked for "false" information) and trickling on down to people who choose to close their eyes to the deaths caused BY the vaccines. And I know a WHOLE LOT of Trump haters from both parties who will not get jabbed. Possible sterility. Neurological problems. Heart problems, including inflammation. And more. Yeah, folks should really want to inject things into their bodies that can cause that, right? sigh...Again, the hostility is actually coming from those who are trying to guilt or otherwise pressure people into bowing to the god of big pharma, Bill G, and socialism.
    5 points
  21. Thank you Jim. We had another great service yesterday, as we had a missionary to Japan in and we were able to take them on for support.
    5 points
  22. Jim_Alaska

    My friend

    Well said Bro. Dave, I echo your sentiments as well. Bro. Alan will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Like you, I never met him in person, but counted him as a dear friend all the same.
    5 points
  23. I counted Brother Alan to be a faithful servant of our Lord and a valued online friend. I thank the Lord for the past number of years wherein I was able to experience Brother Alan's friendship and spiritual edification through Online Baptist. I am certainly praying for his wife and family, concerning comfort in their grief and help with their needs. I will miss him here.
    5 points
  24. Alan has been a blessing to me on many occasions in the past and recently as well, both privately and publicly. His insight will be missed but, the Lord has need of Him.
    5 points
  25. Praying for the family. I remember him and his encouraging words from my previous visits here.
    5 points
  26. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    I am going to politely ask that this thread not be turned into yet another place for bickering and hobby horses, please and thank you. This thread is specifically asking for prayer for the people of Myanmar as they are going through a time of horrible turmoil and upheaval in their lives.
    5 points
  27. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    Some good news, the pastor friend got back in contact, he and his wife are safe! They are at home now but are emotionally drained and are having difficulty eating and sleeping. They are very grateful for the prayers and ask for continued prayers.
    5 points
  28. DaveW

    My daughter to PNG

    Well, late last week they were able to fly up to the airstrip. First try on Friday was no good - cloud everywhere (Normal for PNG) and so the plane would not have been able to find the airstrip. They didn't even try. Saturday, they gave it a go, and the pilot said in 21 years of flying PNG he had NEVER seen it that clear.... Sunday, she was in Church at Kotidanga. She said the service was wonderful and she was able to follow the general line of the message - understood enough of the language to "sort of follow it". This week she ahs been observing clinic, in the mornings and having intensive language studies in the afternoons. She is a little overwhelmed, but loving it. This is what the Lord made her for. The others at the clinic are wonderful, and have all been through this already of course, so they are helping her out, and apparently loving her being there already. Thanks for the prayers folks.
    5 points
  29. I'm a high school drop out though I have gotten my GED. I never read much more than the Sunday comics before I was saved at 18. I've never had a problem with the so-called "archaic" language of the KJV. In fact, I always enjoy looking up words I've never heard before. My friend who is the pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Oriskany Falls, NY grew up a farmer and dropped out of school in 7th grade and said he never read anything until he read the KJV. He credits the reading of the KJV for increasing his comprehension and cognitive abilities. He had graduated from his bible college as one of the top students among his peers. From my experience anyone who complains about the "archaic" KJV wouldn't read an updated edition even if they had one just like many still won't read one of the 300+ modern English translations (yes, I have a list of approx that many since 1900) put out in "for ease of reading in a modern, updated English". It's just an excuse for laziness. Along with that I really don't know of any KJV bible believers clamoring for an updated edition. It something nobody is really asking for. Anyone at church not understanding an "archaic" word during a sermon has four avenues. 1) Wait for the pastor to define it which most likely would happen. 2) Look it up on their smart phone or tablet which many bring to church with them (please make sure your ringer is off) 3) Take a guess since the context and feel of the word usually will give you an idea of it's meaning. 4) Jot it down and look it up when you get home a enjoy learning a new word. "Besom of destruction" (Isaiah 14:23) My take on this "archaic" word. According to etymonline .com the word broom was in use 300 years before the KJV translators chose the word "besom". As I see it the word "besom" (a type of broom) fits the passage better since a "besom" is traditional associated with the occult and witchcraft (even to this day among Wiccans) and the context of the passage has to do with Satan himself as well as probably the future beast of Revelation. God will destroy these people with their own satanic devices. Just my thoughts.
    5 points
  30. My experience from people who claim not to understand the KJV because it's too 'hard' or 'old-fashioned', is that they object to the thee's and thou's and to the (apparently) big words. I would contend that removing all thee's and thou's for modern pronoun usage would reduce accuracy, and ditto for "simplifying" words. I'd really love to have the OP respond to my query as to examples of the words he would update, and their replacement, to see if my experience holds true. Also, I object to your (earlier) labelling of various of us (assumedly including me, from your indicators) of having a superstitious attachment to the words of the KJV. I support using good English, which includes many words that are considered archaic to young people due simply to their poor grasp of the English language. I have said nothing to suggest I have an overattachment to the KJV words itself. I'm not KJV only - I'm Textus Receptus only. What I am is a big fan of good English and not changing things just for the sake of change. Who cares if something is old-fashioned - there's nothing wrong with that! (That last line not directed to anyone in particular; just a generic rant.)
    5 points
  31. When you use "archaic" in reference any word in the KJV it shows you've already drunk the modernist cool aid and believe in their errant reasoning. I don't say that to be harsh but rather to ask that you reconsider that concept in reference to the words of the KJV. Every trade, and even sub cultures, has words that are more common among that trade than the general populace. The translators used a unique English format so that it could be cross cultural with minimal effort. The problem with modernist logic is that now they must make a separate "simple" U.S. update, a separate "simple" U.K. update, one for Australians, one for teen boys, one for pregnant moms, one for milk men, one for steel worker, etc. Its much simpler to take the time to update yourself and learn the biblical words and grammar that all English speaking people have used for over 400 years than to turn the bible into a Dick and Jane story book that must be updated ever few years to accommodate every generation and subculture's unique quirks. A person who will not learn a few uncommon words nor slightly expand his grammar and reading style will never take the time and effort to grow spiritually either. As far as simple and accurate updates, publishers have already done as much as they can without making a new translation. Its been found that whenever they attempt to change the words, the "modern equivalent" is lacking in substance and in accuracy and typically would need additional words and a whole new sentence structure. In other words, it would become a different translation and not an update. So, what you are purposing would be neither simple or accurate.
    5 points
  32. I think you came here with your mind made up already! Can you give examples of words you consider to be archaic, and the words you think may be an appropriate 'modern' replacement? I'm very curious as to whether your suggested updates would be appropriate replacements. Examples of grammar would be welcome as well. Also, how do you purport to appropriately replace the oft-maligned thee's and thou's without losing the distinguishing of singular and plural pronouns that is lost with the common modern usage (i.e. using 'you' for both singular & plural situations)? The word 'archaic', btw, means 'old-fashioned', and is neither a censure nor necessarily a reason for replacement. (Yes, I am using as many big words as possible to illustrate the precision of language that is gained by their inclusion.) In answer to this, yes, of course - I want to give them the most reliable translation. I trust them, as adults, to look up any words they don't understand. Remember, too, that the difficulty for non-believers in understanding God's Word is not in the text itself - it's in that the Scripture must be spiritually discerned, and they are spiritually dead. Changing the text will not improve that situation. The Holy Spirit must explain it to them.
    5 points
  33. Have you accepted this position? "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." [Matthew 28:18-20] Satan and those who are confused or deceived by Satan will, in Satan's case knowingly, and in the case of the deceived, knowingly or unknowingly do any/every-thing to prevent you from performing the work you have accepted when you accepted this position.
    5 points
  34. Yes!! So much so that we had to purchase a baptism to accommodate our baptisms (We used to use another churches faculties). Our church is 5 years old, and we've seen more growth in 2020 than any previous year. Just to be clear I'm bragging on God here
    5 points
  35. No, it doesn't "close" any doors. SCOTUS did not rule on the MERITS of the case, only on their belief that TX did not have standing regarding PA's election activities. There are still a lot of cases out there, in different states, for different reasons. So, please, stop this. It appears you are rejoicing that Marxism may "win" the day...although it had to STEAL it to "win" it. But, again, it's not over yet. There is still process to go through, and, as I said, cases in courts. How about, instead of starting a brand new thread with every little bit of bad news you can rejoice in, you make your comments in the plethora of threads you've already started? (BTW, that's not really a request...from here on out, please place your comments in threads you've already started...otherwise I'm going to think it's spam...)
    5 points
  36. My brother-in-law has been in the hospital in Augusta, GA for nearly a week now on oxygen...they just told his wife he has pnuemonia (Covid), and they are planning on putting him on a ventilator tonight if his breathing hasn't improved by 9 Eastern. His wife is still recovering from covid, as are his two sons who live in the same mobile home park in N. Augusta, SC. Many in our family in the Augusta area have covid right now. Many HAVE BEEN vaccinated...I'm sure they ALL would appreciate your prayers.
    4 points
  37. “I have also come to learn that reading the Good Book is not as easy as one might think.“ May I point out something? The book is actually very simple to read once you incorporate the proper way to study. Scripture to scripture, literal at face value.
    4 points
  38. Hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in April, and while we are quite short of the 35 year mark you mention, in today's society 25 years is almost unheard of. I have noticed over the years that most married couples seem to be roommates with benefits rather than what I would consider "married." The husband has his interests and the wife has hers. She goes out with friends, he goes out with friends, and don't seem to spend a lot of time together as a "couple." They have a family vacation, go out for their anniversary, but their relationship isn't a priority. Most of these couples are unchurched, but churched couples seem to only have church attendance as their common interest. As a teenager, forming ideas about relationships and dating standards, I could see that having the standard of only dating Christians or guys who attend church would NOT be enough to have a good relationship. I saw women who attended church alone because they had married unsaved men, or men who had only gone to church while they were dating and once married it was no longer a priority. There were also men who desired to be more active in the church, or even felt a call to preach who did not pursue those things because their wives did not prioritize church. I quickly realized that while being a Christian had to be the number one priority as to who I would date, secondly that guy had to have the same level of interest and commitment to church I did, and had a calling on his life that complimented the one I knew I had on mine. Hubby and I are best friends and share a deep love of God, the Bible and ministry. We make spending time together a priority, and especially studying the Bible together.
    4 points
  39. I have no problem with people who unlawfully entered the capital on Jan 6 to spend time in jail. Likewise those who rioted and burnt down buildings also should spend time in jail. A lot of the business that was burnt down and looted was minorities owned, and we're letting people get away with it? Proof that the democratic party is STILL racist against minorities.
    4 points
  40. @jeff_student_of_Jesus.....Strange, I recall a Bible verse that says that only the sick need a physician...SCIENCE! Luke was a physician....SCIENCE! Science is not necessarily bad in and of itself. Medicine (pharmaceuticals) are not necessarily a bad thing. I'm diabetic and have to use insulin. I wouldn't die if I didn't take it, being type II, but it is necessary to regulate m my blood sugar, as are the other two medications for the diabetes. I use an inhaler for my asthma and COPD. Again...medication that is necesary for me to breathe. I believe you're incorrect in your assumptions that people who put their trust in science are wrong. There are some scientific breakthroughs that have been very beneficial to mankind. Maybe you need to be rethinking your premise.
    4 points
  41. The "freedom" to make the best of one's cage is not freedom.
    4 points
  42. One of my nieces in Illinois has had the coronavirus for the past 14 days. She is in the hospital and is receiving injections in her stomach, is on oxygen, and will probably be in the hospital for the next week or so. She has a young son who has been exposed to the virus, as has my sister and her husband since my niece lives with them. We were supposed to go to Illinois to meet a brother whom we just discovered last year, but, it looks like we won't be going there, instead going to Indiana to see my birth father. I didn't want to drag the coronavirus over to him since he's dying from stage 4 emphysema. Please pray for my niece and her son, and for her mom and step-dad. They have already had the virus, but that was a while back. Also for my mother who is 79 and has heart problems and lives up in the same town. She's been exposed again. She knows the Lord and is ready to go if he calls her home. I'm sure they would all appreciate your prayers. Also pray for Vivian and I as we go to see my birth father in Indiana and present the Gospel to him once again. Thank-you.
    4 points
  43. And so it goes with conventions, associations and fellowships; none of which were, or are authorized by Scripture or the God of Scripture. All of these are man-made institutions and subject to all of the sin and apostacy of the human mind.
    4 points
  44. Unfortunately, some churches do display this kind of behavior. Like Pastor Markle said, put your trust in God alone and not people. May I ask what hypocrites in the church have to do with your individual relationship with God? Your faith should be in God, not a pastor or people
    4 points
  45. Exactly. A virus with a (in my county) 99.96% survival rate is not worth the title of ‘pandemic’, no matter how much they try to redefine the word. Also, real pandemics don’t require marketing campaigns.
    4 points
  46. As far as I am aware, it is true that SOME of them did; but NOT necessarily that all of them did. On the other hand, in my own opinion the "church fathers" are NOT a good source of authority for true doctrine. In truth, the ONLY Biblically defined "church fathers" would be the original "apostles and prophets" of the first century church, with our Lord Jesus Christ himself being "the chief corner stone" (as per Ephesians 2:20). In my opinion the rest of the so-called "church fathers" were simply commentators and teachers of their respective time, just as we have in our time; and I believe that among them you will find an array of DIFFERENT belief systems. At best, I myself might grant some "extra" credibility to the earliest of the "church fathers;" but even then I would recognize that false teachers were already in abundance within the first century of the church. So then, when it comes to true doctrine, the ONLY source of authority that really matters to me is -- the precise teaching of God's OWN Word.
    4 points
  47. Rebecca

    Pray for Myanmar

    The military takeover of Myanmar is growing worse. I know of a missionary family who was successfully evacuated with other foreigners, but others are still there. The local church I work with here in Taiwan is close friends with a Myanmar pastor who has disappeared, he was last heard from on February 18th. People are being murdered in the streets, and as they flee from the military/police they head to churches for safety, but these places of refuge are ignored by the military/police, they are breaking down the gates and doors to arrest anyone who flees into these buildings, and even arrest the pastors for giving the people sanctuary. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4142159 https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/police-raid-kachin-baptist-church-in-lashio-10-arrested-including-ministers Video of police breaking into a house: https://fb.watch/40DTgwjmRZ/
    4 points
  48. Brother "SureWord," That is a valuable point to consider why the original translators chose the word "besom" in that context, rather than the word "broom." Whatever their reasoning may have been (if we are able to discern it) is worthy of consideration whether the word "besom" is more significant for the context than the word "broom."
    4 points
  49. Hello All, this is a general rundown of my relationship with Christ. I was born to a single mother who was never there for me emotionally. I watched her cycle through men until she eventually married a man when I was 8. Before her marriage I grew blissfuly unaware of how my life was. My mom and my grandmother attended a very liberal church, Presbyterian with a female pastor. My mom was an occasional weekend warrior church attender all through my youth. God was spoken of very little in the house, and when it was, it was soft. Back as a child I became very worldy, I found provocative material at 12 and became addicted to it's lure. I was malnourished and addicted to video games as well until my 20s. The man she married was unsaved, and his children where very bad influences in my life. 2 brothers, one became a homosexual and the other became drug addicted and homeless. The homosexual was my friend growing up, we where close in age and had similar birthdays. But I knew something about him was wrong. My mom fully supported him. Unfortunately I knew why he became that way. The other brother did things against his will and I was a witness. Their sister made him crossdress for her when he was a pre-teen. These people brought witchcraft ( pagan rituals and uigi boards ) and I learned about the demonic realm at the age of 9. Our parents divorced shortly after they had a baby. This was in 2009 when the financial crisis hit. My mother was unemployed and we lived off child support and goverment funding, food banks etc. I have many memories of starving while going to sleep. And having no power. She finds herself back in the cycle of men, all these things in my life continue on while Im being force fed liberal Christianity. I had a strong prayer life. But I truly did not know the Lord. Our financial situation slightly straightens up as I enter highschool, my mother found an abusive logger to help supportbus. He never physically harming us, but emotionally and verbally abused us. Calling names, threatenings etc. All through the time of my youth from the age of 11 till I was saved I was borderline suicidal. My school life was no different, I felt like an outcast as I was an outcast in my own house. I didn't know how to be, so I turned to drugs at the age of 12. I smoked weed off and on for a long time. I turned to the bottle when I could at the age of 15. I alwas knew there was something better, and I looked for it starting at the age of 16. I did a lot of studying at my house ( as I never went to school ) and tried to fix my self through psychology and any other ways. I improved, slowly. I moved out at twenty, no car and with two jobs. I was far from the Lord at this time. My girlfriend broke up with me shortly after and then my grandfather died. He was the only man in my life I ever looked up to. I was distraught and I spiraled out of control, I turned to drugs and new age mystic ideas. I had no idea what I was doing but I was doing what ever I could to feel alive. After studying many different religions, philosophies and occultic ideas. None of it tasted "right". I found the lord after being two years deep in those things. 9/28/2017 The change was immediate in my life. Ironically I found my self back at a Presbyterian church, And I can say honestly they taught me a lot about the Bible and God, and what it meant to be apart of a community. But it felt very strangely off to me, so I tried to figure out why. When I became saved I slowly moved away from my new ages philosophy and turned to theology. Heck, I was a Presbyterian Calvinist that wanted an answer for everything related to God. Well, I read a bunch of different theologians and ideas, commentaries and debates and I became disillusioned with Calvinism. So I became Catholic. I went through their entire catachism over the course of several months, and as soon as I became catholic I stopped going. I became a lost sheep, knowing I was saved, but knowingly jumping back into my old ways of world. God was still there in the very back of my mind, sadly he most definitely was not at the forefront. This went on for about a year, until I found my self at a Ifb church and became convited in many ways, it felt like what church is meant to be. I hope I'll continue to grow and learn what it means to be a bible believing Christian. Thank you for reading my message, God bless.
    4 points
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