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Pastorj last won the day on April 9

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  1. Pastorj

    Bible College

    I don't believe so. The rules that have been changed from the time I went to the time my daughter went are mostly good changes. Now, that doesn't mean the school hasn't changed its positions on things which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on your positions.
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    Bible College

    Relaxing of the rules is not a bad thing. The rules were ridiculous for adults. Perfectly acceptable if it was a boarding school, but not for a college. When I went there, you had to have permission from the college to get married if you were under 23 and still an undergraduate. That rule is gone. Don't get me wrong, I like PCC for what they are: A liberal arts Christian College that has excellent education and nursing programs. The other programs are good, but these 2 stand out.
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    Bible College

    My daughter went to PCC. They are no longer kids and shouldn't have to live by rules that parents have for teenagers. At some point, they have to make adult decisions and I would prefer that to be in college, rather than afterwards. But I understand, parents worry.
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    Bible College

  5. Modesty is the key to clothing and both Men and Women fail in this area far too often, even in church. I am amazed at the clothes Christians wear. The short shorts, the low necklines, tight clothes, etc.
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    I am in this very situation. I moved to an area that has 70+ Independent Baptist Churches, one of which came highly recommended by my then and still current pastor. I attended the church for 3 months, every service. My family got involved in work days and other areas of the church. We were rejected because we were Northerners in a Southern church. No one spoke to us, fellowshipped with us or even learned our name (Including the Associate Pastor and his wife). We left the church to begin our search for a church. 72 churches later, we still have not found a church I would attend. Our criteria is simple 1. Good Preaching (This one is a must - Out of 72 churches, maybe 3 have had good preaching. A lot of yelling about the Bible, but no preaching) 2. Good Music (Conservative, God honoring) - Most of the churches had the whole church go to the Choir and sing 4 or 5 songs and 1 congregational song. Must be a southern thing as it is very consistent, but unfortunately a visitor cannot participate in the worship of God through music. 3. Friendliness (More than just saying hello and thank you for coming) - Out of 72 churches, 1 or 2 were friendly. None made us feel welcome once they found out we were Northerners. So what have we decided to do after 4 years without a church. We are moving. It is sad to say that there are few good churches in the "Bible Belt", but I have lived in 2 cities in North Carolina for the last 8 years and have found 1 church that I would classify as a good church out of over 200 visited. For the last 4 years we have either driven the hour and a half to church (Calvary Baptist Church - King, NC) or we have watched them live on Facebook. As for other churches we would consider - My daughter goes to a Southern Baptist since there are no good churches in her part of NC either. It's the best of the worst. The pastor is an older pastor who preaches the Word of God, the church is friendly, but the music is more contemporary. We have visited a couple Southern Baptists, but the ones in our area the preaching is no good. There is a Methodist church and a non-denominational church my neighbors go to. They claim their churches preach verse by verse and are super friendly. I have considered going, but I struggle know that the churches doctrinal statements online are not in alignment with my positions on major doctrine, which is why we have not gone. It's been a tough 4 years, but it is time to move.
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    Jacksonville Florida

    Nothing, but I am not really looking at New England. Getting too old for the snow :)
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    Jacksonville Florida

    I didn't get the job, so I am not heading to Jacksonville.
  9. Pastorj

    The Sinner's Prayer/ Asking Jesus into your heart

    Though the prayer does not save, Romans says 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation Without the mouth, there is no salvation. I think it is more of a balanced approach. I agree to teach them the Gospel message. I don't believe in forcing someone to pray and I also no longer ask them if they would like to get saved. I have led more people to the Lord by sharing the Gospel and then letting them ask "What must I do to be saved".
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    Repentance What is it?

    Jordan, Repentance has been defined by people in many ways which is why it's a can of worms, more like bees. I will add more later since you want the "Lexical" meaning. :)
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    The Sinner's Prayer/ Asking Jesus into your heart

    When I first began witnessing to people, this is what I was taught. I took a course on child evangelism and learned that children have a difficult time understanding this concept, which was my experience. I now ask people if they would like to put their faith in Jesus Christ for Salvation. I believe this and doctrine like this have caused people to move from Fundamental churches to "Modern" churches. As I talk to younger families today, they struggled with teachings that weren't found in the Bible. Even though the items they shared were indeed Biblical, just as someone put "Sloppy Theology".
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    When Did Jesus Die

    I understand how the Jewish day works. Jesus had to be in the tomb prior to sundown, not at Sundown. But again, let's say he was in the ground at 559p on Wednesday and rose at 6p on Saturday. That is 72 hrs and 1 minute, which is the 4th day. There is no way that I can see to have him in the grave on Wednesday and arisen on Sunday and have it be the 3rd day. I would be interested in how you get it down to less than 72 hrs. Thanks Ed
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    When Did Jesus Die

    Swathdriver - The problem with Wednesday is if he was put in the tomb at 559p on Wednesday and rose at 6p on Saturday, he rose on the 4th day, not the 3rd.
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    When Did Jesus Die

    Since morning doesn't start until sunrise, I would agree that it was most likely the moment the sun rose. But a great topic to ask Jesus when we see him.
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    When Did Jesus Die

    Since the day of his death is not clearly stated in Scripture, it's academic. Now when he arose is clear. It happened on the 1st day of the week, early in the "Morning". The exact time is also academic since the timing was not like it is today. Everything else is clear. He died on the cross and was buried and rose again on the 1st day of the week which was the 3rd day. I have always held to a Sunrise resurrection, which holds true to scripture. But I can understand your 3a-6a argument, but I would counter by saying 3a was the start of the 4th watch of the night (4 - 3 hr watches) which ended at Sunrise (the Jewish Day).