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RGVBaptist last won the day on May 14 2017

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  1. I bought a new gas can a few months back and I guess it's one of these new ones. I hate that thing (are we allowed to hate an inanimate object?). It's a righteous hate, does that count for anything? Anyways, I digress. As others have mentioned, I spill more with this one than with any I've had before. I guess some bureaucrat somewhere, who never uses a gas can because he pays people to cut his lawn, decided it was a good idea.
  2. Still free here in Texas, but we do joke that plastic bags are our state flag because there are so many of them flying around stuck to trees and such. But, here it's really just trash in general. People have a mindset that it's okay to just throw their trash anywhere. It's pretty sad.
  3. Yay, I get to be the dissenter. I disagree that it's logical. I think it's 100% illogical. I still believe it, but it's illogical. But, I accept it because I accept that God's Word is perfect, even if my imperfect, mortal mind can't comprehend the depths of who God is.
  4. I remember being on deputation and visiting a church for their missions conference. The pastor sat us missionaries down privately before the service and explained that he'd be seated behind us on the stage. This was so that he could address any errors we made while preaching. I was a little startled by that, as I'd never experienced that before. Then, he went on to explain that he'd had a missionary preach one time and his whole message was way off Doctrinally. The pastor was quite embarrassed and when the man finished preaching the pastor got up and preached to correct the first preachi
  5. Some may label me as "liberal", but, I see no problem with women wearing pants. As long as they are modest. I fully understand that the Bible says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man (and vice-versa). But, what does that mean? It 100% has to be a cultural thing. If you go to the middle east they wear different style clothes than we would wear here. If you go back to Bible times, again, they wore different clothes. I find it ironic that people reject the argument about what the wore in Bible times. Why should it not apply? Did the Bible not apply to them in their own time?
  6. I guess I'm fortunate to live in an area not exposed to this heresy. Well, sort of. My ministry is actually in a 99% Hispanic population which is 99% Roman Catholic. So, I'm certainly exposed to lent (it's funny to watch all the restaurant signs start announcing that they are offering fish during the week of lent). However, the few Baptists in this area are so staunchly anti-Roman Catholic that anything even remotely close to an RC position is strictly avoided. We wanted to sing "Mary Did You Know" one time in church and the folks resisted because they felt it was too close to worshiping
  7. At our church we're just now finishing up a study of Job that we've been on for some months. Very enlightening. I came across the same information - people blaming Job for his trials. I was actually shocked, and dumbfounded, considering as you said that the Lord Himself declared Job righteous. I mean, how much clearer can it be? The only thing I could fault Job for, if I wanted to try and find fault, is perhaps a little bit of righteous indignation towards the end of the book as he "orders" God to allow him to present his case and "demands" a reason for his suffering. God certainly addre
  8. I'm of the same mindset. Before entering the ministry I was a computer programmer, so I'm fairly attached to my computer. All of my Bible study is done in front of my computer. I have 2 Bibles at my desk - 1 in English, 1 in Spanish....both are the $1 "disposable" type Bibles because I find that the bindings come apart regularly. I make 0 notes in my Bible. At Church I use a nice bi-lingual Bible which never leaves the pulpit. Again, I don't move it because the bindings come apart too easily. I love "the Bible", but I'm not sentimentally attached to "a Bible". I can fully understand wh
  9. I won't claim any great knowledge of Landmarkism, but I will agree with the consensus that this viewpoint does sound very cultish. I can realistically see how a church arrived at that point, though I would still disagree with it. There's actually an independent, fundamental (or so they say) Baptist church nearby that would probably be heading this direction in my opinion. VERY closed off and have even told their members they can never attend a service or event at any other independent baptist church - only with them. Made it interesting when their friends/family invited them to our church.
  10. It's been said that door-to-door evangelism is the least effective method. I tend to agree. BUT, that doesn't mean it's ineffective. The absolute least effective method is doing nothing at all! We've not seen a lot of success in our door-to-door efforts, but we have seen some success. We even had one family come visit after a full year of monthly visits to witness to them and leave tracts at their home. So, it can work. As for advice, I'd say be sure to complete the process. Too often we go "soul-winning" and then we leave these new converts on their own. When you do see fruit, b
  11. Hello Bro. Allen. I'm a veteran missionary currently serving on the field in Southern Texas. We completed deputation in 2 years and have been on the field for 9. If you'd like to talk about the deputation experience, or one opinion (for there are many) on how to prepare for it then feel free to shoot me a note. I'd even be happy to take the time to talk on the phone if it could be a help to you. Just send me a message and we can set something up.
  12. Welcome. I feel strange welcoming you since I'm almost as new as you are, but, HELLO ANYWAYS!
  13. I'm hoping someone on here might be able to point me in the right direction for an affordable (you can translate that as cheap/free) bus to be used in a church ministry. We have families that are interested in attending, but who lack the means to come on their own for one reason or another. We do have a single 12-passenger van which we use currently to transport folks, but it is insufficient to meet the full need. I'd love to be able to acquire something in the next 2 weeks so that we can use it for VBS. We have 30-40 kids for VBS and most of those need transportation as well. You can ima
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