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  1. My neighbor, who also lives across the road from our church, spent some time in jail for watering his "garden" using the church's water. Deputy drove by, saw a water hose strung out into the woods behind the church. But pastors of a Baptist church.....wow
  2. Oh yeah, the song is fine. I just thought it was fitting that they were playing with death and singing "it's just about home time"
  3. How about that song at the beginning "See the bright light shine IT'S JUST ABOUT HOME TIME......." I have to agree.......
  4. The book of Jude mentions "wandering stars" which are "reserved to the blackness of darkness". But a "sun" is certainly not in the dark. Asteroids and comets, however, do wander in darkness. I strongly suspect that this is what the Book of Revelation is referring to. Jude 1:13 ..............wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
  5. I have heard "IFB" pastors and preachers say stuff, during sermons, and in front of my kids, that I would not repeat here.
  6. Revelation 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. We all should know that if our "sun" is a "star", and a whole bunch of these "suns" fell to earth it would be instantly vaporized. Is it really referring to asteroids or comets? Bear with me here. What we call "food", the King James calls "meat" and what we call "meat" the King James calls "flesh". There are many other examples of meanings of words which have "drifted" over time like this. The reason I ask is because this just came across my Facebook feed.....and let me first say, I do not hold to anything that Neil Degrasse Tyson says. I'd also like to add, I didn't watch the whole video so, if he says anything inappropriate, I apologize. https://www.facebook.com/reel/591029913122767/?s=ifu
  7. Not if I can help it. Seeing that Calvinism, in effect, blasphemes the very character of God I can't listen to what they say without bias. Maybe I will develop a more gracious attitude about it some day. However, I believe that the teachers of this world do have a measure of wisdom on some things. (Luke 16:8) But on the other hand, I'm still wary of them. I've been told that rat poison, by weight, is mostly good wholesome corn. It's that teeny weeny trace of ingredients that kills the rat. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
  8. Hey I see you're in SW GA. I'm about 45 miles North of Panama City.
  9. Yes, almost every Christmas...... "glo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ria in excelsis deo" .......... Why?
  10. MEEE!!!! I have one of those propane-powered thingies. Good for burning weeds and starting bonfires. Not really a weapon, per se, although it would hurt really bad if it hit somebody.. https://www.amazon.com/Flame-King-YSN320Ka-Propane-Burner/dp/B09PD9BGK6/ref=asc_df_B09PD9BGK6/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=563593981914&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10813134964080136888&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9011629&hvtargid=pla-1599443882341&psc=1
  11. First of all; isn't "raffling" a form of gambling? Why do that at a Bible believing church. And what message does all this send to the World? (I have nothing against the weapons BTW)
  12. "But........Honey, it's even better than a new gun: I can not only bring home a turkey .......you don't even have to cook it."
  13. The Bible says a husband and wife are to be "heirs together of the grace of life". A wife is indeed commanded to "submit" to her husband and it's her choice to do so. But the husband is never commanded to "subject" her, ever. Big difference.
  14. It says they are "cast" into the lake of fire so, somebody has to do the casting.
  15. Well, now that you mentioned it, McArthur's false god must hate you and I as well because, we're both still sinners. For that matter, he must hate McArthur as well because he's a sinner too. Yes, God will put (lost)sinners in Hell. But while they're still breathin' there's still hope. Like I posted above, God was ready to annihilate the city of Nineveh. Their death was imminent. But at the same time, God was making sure Jonah arrived to preach to them. If that isn't love I don't know what is.
  16. The Bible says that "God is angry with the wicked every day" and He is ready to judge us for our sin. I'm reminded of the city of Nineveh. God was ready to destroy them and their destruction was imminent. They were about to die and burn in Hell for eternity. But at the same time, God was actively making certain arrangements to get Jonah there to preach to them; and God made sure he got there. When Jonah preached, they then repented. So God repented of the imminent destruction and they were saved from His wrath. God demonstrated His great love, by getting the man of God to Nineveh on time and I'm sure God gave him the words to say. We should not preach "love only" but we shouldn't preach only "hate" either. The Holy Spirit deals with hearts by "sin, righteousness and judgement". We can show them all the sin and judgement we want, but if there's no love in it, it ain't the gospel. Thank God I was shown all three.
  17. I just heard a Calvinist in my Facebook feed, John McArthur, saying that God hates sinners. I've heard and seen this debated many times. Some say God hates the sin but loves the sinner and others say that God hates both and use various scriptures to prove it either way. But what Mr. McArthur says doesn't agree with one thing. Jesus Christ Himself told us that, to be like God, you have to "Love your enemies". So, if someone does something to you, in a really serious way, you are commanded by God to do something that he wouldn't even do Himself? By that logic, you would be taking a higher road than God would. I don't think so. God says his ways are higher than our ways. So God, being perfect, can indeed love his enemies. I, myself, have a tough time trying to do that. You can take all the verses you want which seem to say that "God hates sinners" but you still have to deal with what God says right here........... Matthew 5:43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
  18. It's addressing the church at laodicea as well as addressing "the churches" in general. But I would say, from reading the words "if any man", it could be "any man". Not everyone attending a church is saved, not even all pastors and preachers for that matter. It could be addressing only the saved in the church but it still says "if any man". God deals with the hearts of individuals. And the verse still says "open the door". Only individuals can "open the door" and God isn't going to "blow the door down" against our will like the calvinists are saying. Psalm 24 says.... 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. How are "seekers" "generated"? They're generated by opening the doors or gates of their hearts to the mighty King of Glory. Psalm 24 calls us "gates" and "everlasting doors". IF WE open the "gate" to our "walled city", the "King of Glory" will come in. He's "strong and mighty in battle" and certainly well able to destroy our gates, or breach our wall, and conquer us; but He's not "laying seige" and forcing his way in: He's asking us to open the gate of our own free will. And he's knocking at our "everlasting door". When you knock at someone's door, you're asking to be invited in. But it's up to the man or lady of the house to let the "guest" in. It's the same principle. And, of course, the "King of Glory" is the Lord Jesus Christ.
  19. Yes, he tried to say that was addressed to a church. So why, then, does it say "if any MAN" open the door? What does a "church" consist of? "men". women, people, individuals.
  20. Someone "abducted" my daughter I'd be out for blood and destruction.
  21. A friend of mine, nice guy and great to do business with, posts a lot of calvinistic memes on Facebook. I had to address this one, this morning: Revelation 3:20 says you have to open the door before he'll come in.
  22. Luke 23: 39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. This man acknowledged that he deserved his punishment, that Jesus was Lord, that Jesus had a Heavenly Kingdom, and he asked for God's mercy. He basically turned against himself and turned to God, all at the same time. There's no "step one, step two" etc. The instant one believes It's like doing an "about face". About the "prayer" thing. No, you don't have to say "words" to be saved; a deaf-mute can be saved. Salvation takes place in the heart. But, again, nothing wrong with praying a "one time prayer" like "God be merciful to me a sinner" either if it's from the heart.
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