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  1. 1 hour ago, David01 said:

    Why would anyone say the gap theory is heresy? For one, where does Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 fit in?? Lucifer shows up in the garden, already fallen, in the creation account in genesis. Thus an obvious gap between verse 1 and verse 2. 

    How about the word DARKNESS in Gen. 1:2? Look at how that word is used throughout the whole bible. Sin and judgement are closely connected with the word DARKNESS. 

    David

    Thanks for joining. Please feel free to start a new thread to discuss this topic.


  2. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/79101-thomas-nelson-faces-15m-in-fraud-breach-of-contract-lawsuit.html

    "Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP), faces more than $15 million in damages owed to a printing company after a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee found it liable for breach of contract and fraud."


  3. 14 minutes ago, Scooter said:

    I'm a "church music director" sort of.  There is no title for the position in which I lead congregational singing, direct our choir, direct our orchestra and teach an Adult Sunday School class.  I teach instrumental music in a Christian school.  I have a Master of Sacred Music degree with a choral conducting emphasis and studied instrumental conducting at a state university.

    I graduated from a Baptist college and went into the ministry of church music youth pastor and Christian school teacher teaching band and choir.  My wife is a very good pianist. 

    Welcome to Online Baptist, I'm looking forward to reading your posts. Hope you find your time here enjoyable and uplifting.


  4. While I would word this welcome letter differently, I do think some of our churches should be more welcoming of others. While our church welcomes all, we do not change our preaching based on who is there. The Word of God will make some feel uncomfortable because of their lifestyle, but welcomed because they are loved. The Word of God changes lives.

     

    We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

    We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

    We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.

    If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

    We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!


  5. 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.


  6. On 2/14/2019 at 9:20 PM, Matthew0246 said:

    I don’t think each church is it’s own government in specific areas aren’t the churches run by a specific diocese lead by a bishop? 

    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.


  7. As the pastor of the church I really appreciate a few things. 

    1) The love that the church has for my wife and family. We started the church 3 years ago and do not collect a salary yet, but the church has been very kind and gracious to us.

    2) The love that the church has for God. Our folks are hurting, struggling and broken, but they keep on keeping on in serving the Lord. 

    I have been blessed.


  8. 1 hour ago, 555 said:

    I'm sorry but when I signed up for this I didn't think it was going to be like it was. I want to share some wonderful things with people but I don't understand how this thing works and I've had a computer since 1998

    It looks like you figured out how to post. If you need help, just reply and we will do our best to help you.


  9. 20 hours ago, Guest Kate said:

    One is a preacher and one is an author who claims he was a devil satanist . Should we avoid these Christians and are they deceiving many people and not teaching what the Bible really says. 

    Or are they good? 

    I don't know who John Ramirez is, but I've heard some of Francis Chan's preaching online, and he is about as solid as a house made up of cards. Seems like your normal contemporary preacher that sounds good on the surface only.


  10. 17 minutes ago, DaveW said:

    As to a walk in - a handshake is a good start.

    The decor of the place tells you a bit. There is a trend to make the "sanctuary" all black - black walls, black curtains, etc. Just like a concert hall.

    Other pointers are the music setup.

    Just first impression things.

    Yes, the decor is one of the first things that you can't help but notice.  You are correct that too many churches are trying to look like a worldly entertainment venue rather than a worship center.


  11. This is from a discussion that came up in our church. We all have had to search for a church at one point in our life. Whether it is going on vacation and looking for a church, or simply just moving to a new location, we mostly had to do research and find a church that is of like faith. 

    I know the first thing we do in this age is go on the internet and look  and maybe shoot an email to them, but sometimes church websites are so vague that you don't know the beliefs or style of the worship service, but my question for you is when you first walk into a church for the first time, what are some of the first things you look for?

     

    For me the first thing I do is look and see if they have Bible pews, and if they do, I check to see what version they are. Not a fully telling sign, but its a start.

     


  12. I personally never understood the Sunday morning only Christian (not talking about our elderly and those who really can't make it out at night for legitimate reasons). In the world we live in, I need to be in church as much as possible. I need to hear the preaching of God's Word constantly in my life. I need the fellowship.

    We get so entangled with the affairs of this world, that God and His church seems to be something we fit into our schedule rather than work everything around God and His church.

     

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