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  1. 1. The usage of contemporary christian music. 2. The usage of jazz music. 3. The usage of music from an unsaved jazz musician (Kenny G). 4. The usage of such music while a pastor is praying is very nauseating. 5. Instead of God being the center of the ceremony, the music was.
  2. Amen and Amen! But then I have been called "judgmental" and "unloving" dozens of times for saying stuff like that. The particular pastor that I was referring to has repeatedly compromised in the area of music as well as other areas. The recent wedding at this church included music by "Kenny G" (a modern jazz musician). If the pastor would listen to what I have to say I would tell him one thing: REPENT OF THIS THY WICKEDNESS!
  3. There was a wedding recently in the church where I used to be the associate pastor. We left the church last summer over several issues including music. My family did not attend the wedding (although my wife and daughter were formally invited). I thought it wise not to allow them to go. My caution was based upon the type of music that was used while we were attending there. Several days after the wedding we were given a CD of the service. I was somewhat dumbfounded but not altogether surprised by the use of worldly music. In the year and a half that we were a part of this church, the pastor i
  4. I had this trojan a few months ago. I tried everything including Malwarebyte's Antimalware program. I finally just restored my hard drive from a disc image backup. My drive C only has Windows, installed programs, documents, and emails. Everything else is on the other drives. Over the last 4 years I have made disc image backups of drive C and updated them about every 3 months. I had just updated my backup about a week before I got hit with this trojan. The only thing I lost was a few emails. Having a disc image backup was really a life saver. By the way, I use Seagate DiscWizard to backup m
  5. Dear Friends, Thank you for your prayers on our behalf. We will indeed be able to stay in our present home but it is only on a month-to-month basis. What this means is that until the house is sold we can stay put and we will be paying the same amount of rent as before! And we did not have to pay new a security deposit plus we are only being charged for half the month of June (praise God!). We have been busy getting our stuff back out of storage and unboxing everything. It is better than moving long distance or even moving across town since we already have an idea where everything goes.
  6. I have one laptop left to sell. It is brand new in the sealed box with the same specifications as listed above. I am willing to sell it for $275 with free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. I will accept payment by PayPal or money order. Send email if interested. Bro Steve Smith brosmith@pioneerbaptist.org
  7. Our move to South Dakota has been put on the back burner for now.
  8. Dear Friends, Here is another update of our situation: The foreclosure sale occured on Wed June 1st and the property has been "sold" back to the bank (Fannie Mae). Until today it looked like our situation was hopeless. We have not as yet found a place to move into but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Technically, we should have moved out 2 days ago. A miracle happened today. Our landlord came by and refunded our security deposit in cash (amen and praise the Lord). Usually in foreclosures the tenant has to sue the landlord in small claims court. But God int
  9. I am not sure where this topic is going but I would like to add my 2 cents worth and I will use just one verse of scripture: 2 Peter 1:12 - "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth." Every once in a while all of us need to be reminded about certain truths even though we may be grounded in the word of God. There are those that will take the word of God to heart and make proper application to their lives. Then there are those that will use every means imaginable to prove (in their own min
  10. Thought I should give you all an update on our situation. We spent a couple of days in Hoven, SD looking for a house and came away empty. We are also looking here in North Platte, NE but have not as yet found anything that suits our needs. We have 10 days to find a house or we will find ourselves homeless. Right now we are praying for wisdom. We have adequate funds to relocate. We have been looking to rent but are open to buying on contract. Please continue to pray about this matter with us. Sincerely, Bro Steve Smith
  11. That statement cannot be backed up by scripture nor by common sense. It is the lie that keeps God's people in bondage to the "Faith Promise" system. It is deceitful and wicked to tell God's people that they will receive "the greater blessings of God" when they promise to give something that they do not already have. Consider this: If I have $100 to my name and the Lord lays it upon my heart to give $20 to missions then God expects me to take it out of the $100 that I already have, which leaves me with $80. "Faith Promise" teaches me to look to God to supply the $20 (in some miraculous way) a
  12. Here is one verse that speaks loud and clear against "Faith Promise": 2 Corinthians 8:12 - "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not." Every example of giving in the Bible tells us that people gave out of what they already had and not out of what they were expecting to receive. "Faith Promise" is another con game that independent Baptists have been duped to believe in. It is totally unscriptural and it is not built on faith. "Faith Promise" is built on deceit and wishful thinking.
  13. Pretty much any time there is a missions conference somebody mentions the "10/40 Window". I have heard that term for years without really understanding it. It is my belief that focusing upon the "10/40 Window" is a waste of time, money, and resources. We as independent Baptists have been sold a bill of goods that has no lasting eternal value. Let me explain what I mean and hopefully you will come away with a better understanding of the fallacy of focusing upon the "10/40 Window". What is missions? Is it feeding the poor? Is it building hospitals? Is it building orphanages? Is it staffin
  14. I accept your apologies. I know my initial responses did not explain the issues and you are right, I should have replied in a better manner the first time around. It wasn't my intention to blow you out of the water (so to speak), I was trying to get you to think about what you said. Sincerely, Bro Steve Smith
  15. Here are some things to consider in order to open your eyes (I never implied that you were bound for hell): #1 - The Biblical usage of the word "dance" does not refer to any of the secular, religious, or cultural dances that exist today. It refers to a leap of joy or twirling about because of a happy spirit. Biblically speaking a "dance" is an overflowing of joy that causes the person to jump about or run around. A modern comparison would be when someone shouts "Amen", or waves their Bible in the air, or anything else that expresses joy of heart. #2 - You asked the question - "Is it wrong
  16. 2 Peter 1:9 - "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."
  17. Let's see where God draws the line: Matthew 5:48 - "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." 2 Timothy 2:19 - "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Titus 2:11,12 - "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" 1 Peter 1:15,16 - "But as he which hath called you
  18. Dear friends, My family and I are facing eviction through no fault of our own. We have rented our present home for the past 2 years and have always paid our rent on time. We recently found out that the landlord has not been paying their mortgage payments and now the house that we live in is being foreclosed upon. The trustee's sale is set for June 1st. We have been planning on relocating to Hoven, South Dakota but didn't expect to do it quite so soon (we are presently in North Platte, Nebraska). Please pray that we can find another house to rent on such a short notice. Sincerely, Bro
  19. This 20/20 report and a recent incident in our area has brought back memories of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Colorado Springs. We were there in 1985-86 when I was in the Army stationed at Fort Carson. During that time Charles Miller Jr married a teenage girl (she was maybe 16 or 17 and he was 23 or 24). We didn't find out until many years later about the sexual crimes that he had been committing. I am convinced that this marriage was part of a coverup (although I can't prove it). From the news stories that I have read on the internet it appears that his dad Dean Miller Sr was well aware of h
  20. John MacArthur is setting up a straw man argument. He believes that you can better understand the scriptures if "you read the New Testament in its original text." Who can read the "original text" other than "a scholar" such as John MacArthur? He also claims that the English language of the King James Bible finds a way to mask "an absolutely critical element of truth" that can only be seen through the eyes of "a scholar" (such as him) reading the "original text." Well, here are some verses that describe John MacArthur and all others like him: 2 Timothy 3:2 - "For men shall be lovers of their
  21. Then what do you do with Psalms 119:99,100? "I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation." "I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." I am convinced that I am right in everything that I preach. Every God-called preacher is of the same persuasion. If he is not, then he ought not to be preaching and is probably not called of God.
  22. Hebrews 5:14 - "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Key words in this verse: 1. strong - strong, firm, immovable, solid, hard, rigid: in a good sense, firm, steadfast 2. meat - food, nourishment (this verse is speaking of spiritual food that leads to an unshakeable faith and unmovable convictions) 3. full age - extremely skilled and accomplished in human integrity and virtue 4. reason of use - a habit whether of body or mind; a power acquired by custom, practice, use (in ot
  23. How can a song be "biblically sound" when the writer of a particular song utilizes rock music in the production of that song? At best, you have words that sound biblical but are very deceptive because of the rock music that is used.
  24. However, those churches have accepted a compromise. Consider this quote from Keith and Kristyn Getty's website: Question: Should there be a bridge between the traditional and the contemporary? If there is a bridge, then what keeps an individual or a church from forsaking the traditional for the contemporary (since the contemporary always pleases the flesh)? By the way, these so-called "sound churches" may not tolerate rock music in their weekly services but somebody is listening to rock music in the privacy of their home or office. Revelation 3:1 - "And unto the angel of the church in
  25. It is my humble opinion that the negative reactions to David Cloud's emails are a bit premature. Here is something from his Part 3 email that caught my eye and I would like to state publicly for the record that I wholeheartedly agree with this comment: As far as I am concerned, the so-called "modern hymn writing movement" that was started by Keith and Kristyn Getty is a deceptive tool (one of Satan's devices) to facilitate the use of contemporary praise music in independent fundamental Baptist churches. Just because someone calls their songs "hymns" doesn't make them "hymns". If these
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