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  1. Todays' update: My friend is home from the hospital! He still has to be on oxygen a bit, but it doing much better. Recuperation is now the goal for both of them. Thank you so much for praying!
  2. We have some friends who have been hit with covid. The wife recovered, but it still recuperating and tires very easily. Her husband got pneumonia from it and is now in the hospital on oxygen. It looks like he is improving as they've lowered his oxygen, but please pray for healing. She would like him to come home, believing that he would rest better (we all know that's likely true), but not while his oxygen is iffy. Please pray for recovery. They are missionaries, home on furlough. Their country of service is very harsh about covid, and they have had a lot to deal with. They come home and after just a few weeks get sick. The advantage is they will now be immune, but it wouldn't surprise me if they weren't required to get the jab to get back in country. She has not shared this on social media, just privately. So I'm not going to give names. God knows, and I do appreciate your prayers.
  3. When I was 9, the bus picked me up for Sunday School at Open Door Baptist Church in Lynwood, WA. As a result, the pastor (Ken Blue) visited and helped my Dad with assurance of his salvation. We began attending regularly and were there for 3 years. We moved to WV, and attended a few churches before settling on one (I can't remember the name), although we weren't there long. Moved back to WA and began attending a Baptist Church that closed down shortly after we moved to Oklahoma (by this time I was 17...). In OK, we joined a Baptist church and were there until we moved back to WV. There the effort was made to form a church of which we were an integral part. It didn't happen, and then I went to college. The first college was baptistic, but was not Baptist, as was the second. I graduated from a Baptist college that no longer exists. Oh, summers I attended the camp church at Mount Salem Revival Grounds in WV (VERY Baptist). After graduating, I moved to Belpre, OH, to teach school at First Baptist of Belpre. Then I moved to OH and joined Tri-County Baptist Church (also to teach). I met Randy there, we were married, and then we joined High Street Baptist in Cols, OH (the church where we met was in the process of closing down after some sad issues). From there, we moved to IN for my hubs to go to college. Fairhaven Baptist, where we met PatorMatt and his soon-to-be wife. We were there for 26 years, and then moved out here to WA. We did join a Baptist church upon moving here, but soon there were issues (no pastor...the pastor's wife was virtually the "pastor" - nuff said). So we found and joined Lighthouse Baptist Church in Port Townsend, WA, where my hubs is now the pastor. Whew...just a few churches. LOL But we did move all over the country several times. Before I was 9, I went to other churches, some different denominations, but never joined. There was a Baptist church down the street from our house when I was very young (about 6). I remember my sister and I going once, because of the dresses we wore. They were "granny" dresses and I loved them, so I think that is why it's stuck in my mind. We may have gone more than that, but I have no memory of it.
  4. I never have (sorry, I just had to do that ). Seriously, hubs preaches a sermon on Hell whenever God leads him to do so. It's been a few months, but he does, as Jim's pastor does, mention it often. He agrees that it is far too seldom preached on.
  5. Yum! The food looks delicious, but I'm sure you're glad to be outta there! I'm not sure what we'll be having for dinner tonight. We still have leftover stew and bean soup from Sunday, and hubs is working on clearing them up. So that might be it, with some salad.
  6. (Just a gentle reminder that the originator of a thread may take it "off topic" if so desired, or allow someone else to do so.)
  7. We'll have leftovers from the potluck. There's a bit of mom's bean soup left, and some of the stew. So I'll probably make some biscuits to go along with it.
  8. Our church does not pay our housing...we take care of that. We chose - via God's leading - where we live. We also choose what we want to drive. We have another vehicle that hubs drives mostly (the car the church bought is for church use or emergency use if our van is down). If you were a member of our church you could have voted against buying the car, but you would have been the only one. lol We aren't poor nor are we rich. God takes care of us, and my hubs gets a sufficient salary from the church. And we are progressing fine in life...monies/gifts/benefits from the church have nothing to do with our progressing in life. And as to our children - our son is in his 30s and paid his own way through his education, like we did. I'm sorry, but I don't agree that it's a "right" to send our children to college via the church paying "enough" money for someone to do so. IMO, that's overreach of pastoral pay. Kids need to get jobs, save money, and pay their own way. Yep, I'm one of those hardnosed people (not to say we wouldn't help our ADULT child in college if need be - but most certainly we would never pay the way and allow said ADULT child to slough off working and paying his/her bill - that is teaching them to be irresponsible, and that is unbiblical). Any pastor who goes into the ministry with $$ on his mind should just not go into the ministry. God provides for His servants. Yes, the laborer is worthy of his hire, and he should be paid if it's possible. Not all times is it possible, and so God works things out different ways (some with pastors getting a second job, some with other churches supporting until the church can be indigenous). I think it's nice that you would like to provide a pastor with sufficient income to pay for everything they want, but that isn't true even of a secular job. Money is only a means to an end. And not always available. Trusting God works much better...
  9. Here's the link to Call to Glory: https://www.ctgpublication.com/content.cfm?id=297
  10. He was, but he did do some correcting himself. His brother and son (and I believe grandson) went further. It's never harsh, nor even always obvious. But things like "better translated as" have really started popping up. If they would simply explain the meaning of the word or words, that would be fine. But when they begin to claim they can translate it better (because that is what they - and anyone else so says them - are saying) it becomes correcting. It does sadden me, for sure. We like their Acts Facts magazine, too. They do not use the KJV with that at all. It's really disappointing.
  11. We used to get ICR's Days of Praise, but stopped a few months back. Mom still gets her copy, but we aren't putting it out for the church anymore. While we really enjoyed the information, we grew weary of the constant Bible correcting. I do know some folks who use Daily Bread, but we haven't even looked at it for years (so I don't know how things are going with them). I agree that using a devotional can tend to make people satisfied with only what they read in the book for that day, but on the other hand, most of the time those who only read that wouldn't read anything else. So at least they are getting some scripture. We had some members who had no devotional life when my hubs became pastor, so this helped. My husband was given a Baptist Bread while we were visiting a church on our anniversary trip. It's a 3-month booklet like Days of Praise (Call to Glory is monthly), but it is totally KJV and written by Baptist preachers/missionaries like Call to Glory. Randy is reading it to check it out, and he said it is very like Call to Glory. One thing I like about the Call to Glory - we can get it in large print, regular print, and Spanish. And they publish a children's devotional that is pretty good. They accept contributions (for the Call to Glory, only men who are in full time service can contribute; women can contribute to the children's devotional) of devotions (3 at a time for the quarter). If they use the devotions there is a small reduction in price for the church order. And you can order as many or as few as you want. I really like Streams in the Desert.
  12. So regarding taxes...pastors actually can be exempt from paying taxes if they so desire. There is an exemption form to fill out. Most ministers take advantage of this, which is quite legal and moral, AND up to the individual pastor and church.(heh -thanks, Pastorj...I was saying some of this same stuff so I deleted since you put it so succinctly. As to "benefit packages" - why on earth should a church NOT give their pastor benefits, IF THAT IS HOW THEY WISH TO SPEND THEIR MONEY? The money our members (and true of every individual, local church) give is for THEM to decide, not for anyone outside of the membership (even if someone is regularly attending and gives money, if they aren't members they have no say). I think mayhap some of your thoughts come from the mega-churches and the pastors who are living a life of luxury at the expense of their members. This is indeed an issue, and I think has contributed to the idea that all pastors are greedy. But as has been said several times, the pay that any individual church decides to give to the pastor they've asked to come lead them is up to that individual church. Many churches do provide housing, but it is part of the salary. Many churches pay electric bills, etc. But it is also part of the salary. Not actually a "benefit." I know that our members, as few as they are, would pay my husband a great deal more than he is being paid, and they would do much more (I forgot that two years ago they instituted a gas allowance...not a lot of money, but it has been a great help to us) for him (and me by extension) if they could. Very small in numbers but very big in heart and generosity, that is our church. (Oh, @E Morales, your comment about smartphones reminded me - our church pays for my phone bill. I had been without a phone for several years after we moved here, but some of the ladies were concerned about getting in touch with me - even though we have a landline. So they brought it up in one of our meetings and the entire church voted to take care of it. That is a benefit for me, for sure. And it is only because I'm married to the pastor. And I greatly appreciate it. I don't consider it overdoing, nor do the members.) Churches are not cookie cutter. In other words, they are all different. In size, in scope. Pastors have different personalities. The areas of churches are different (some areas are very open to attending church, others - like ours - don't see the need at all because, well, they can have church out in the beautiful scenery we have here...yes, we have been told that a multitude of times). And the fact that they are all different is really a wonderful thing. A pastor who is less of a "plodder" than my husband would get discouraged in an area like ours and likely leave. Etc. And that difference includes the money of the individual churches and how said money is budgeted.
  13. In our church, we basically know what's going to be on the agenda of any given meeting. My husband meets with the men the week prior to our all-church meeting, to discuss the financial report and any other issues (like taking on missionaries). Then, when it is presented to the church, the men's recommendations are mentioned. Discussion is held, and we vote. Majority takes the vote (only one time do I remember not having a unanimous vote). That is the way our constitution states for us to hold meetings, so that's the way we do it. The members of our church have given my husband a certain latitude in decision making (certain amount of $ he can spend without the church voting on it, for example). But he is very, very careful to be responsible and transparent about things and not be a bossy-pants. My husband usually does leave the meeting during discussion of his salary (or gifts that the members have discussed wanting to give him). Three years ago, the members voted to raise his salary every January, but due to covid ravaging our membership (no, nobody has gotten it...but we've lost a good number of folks due to the fear of it), he told the church he would rather not receive a raise this year. Members discussed it and agreed to not raising his salary - but it was the church's decision. Under his suggestion, yes, but we decided, not him. Same with the car the church bought him - he went on record that he didn't want the church to do so, and he abstained from the vote. But the church bought it anyway (it's actually the church's car, bought for him to use, so if God moved him on the car would go back to the church) He does make the decisions as to what happens in the pulpit, what kind of music we sing, etc. Because that is the pastor's job...but, again, his duties and responsibilities are clear in our constitution.
  14. We had roast beef, gravy, potatoes, green beans, salad tonight. Sunday is our potluck day, and we are doing soups and stews. I'm making beef stew (using the roast) as well as chicken enchilada soup (a favorite of my guys, hands down).
  15. I do at times. I am currently going through a year-long devotional book written by Shirley Starr called The Place. I have enjoyed her thoughts on the scripture reading. We also have Call to Glory available for our members. Scripture reading with a very short commentary, all written by Baptist pastors who only use the KJV (many whom we know personally, as also I know Mrs. Starr). One of our members is reading through the Bible for the first time using the layout in the Call to Glory. Just about every Sunday she brings up a thought or three that she's read that week, or asks some questions. It's been exciting to watch her grow as she spends more time in scripture. At times I think devotionals can become a hindrance if the reader is depending more on the commentary than on the Word. However, I do think it can help people to keep on track. Not saying it's a necessity, but an aid. My husband has one that he reads through every year. It is a devotional that is centered around Creation, and highlights verses and then different sciences that prove true science is rooted in scripture. He doesn't use it for his devotions but rather adds it to them (as I do mine). I purchased some devotional books for women for our library. But it was only after going through them myself. I have to admit that they were very well presented and really made me think about the scripture I was reading and how it personally applied to my life. Those kind of devotionals are great, IMO. And these are KJV, which are the only ones I could recommend. Heh - and I'm noodling on writing one myself...
  16. I actually went on Youtube and found her. I emailed a link to this song to a member of our church who is having a very hard time right now.
  17. Thank you for sharing this...it is beautiful.
  18. I wondered if the damage from the smoking might impede. Still praying. I talked to my doctor today about the why of doing it...I had assumed that gravity helped take the pressure off the lungs. He said I was correct, that the muscles don't have to work as hard. Interesting. He also said it was called proning, which makes more sense. Maybe it's a regional thing. lol
  19. Right - that's why I mentioned it (that's what planking is...don't know why they call it that lol). I don't know why it helps, but it makes sense that it would help your asthma, too.
  20. Yeah, I didn't address the comment about the way the veep was treated...to be quite accurate, Pence was correct in his handling of things with the count, once the Senate decided not to pursue fraud. It is not in the VEEP's purview to challenge...that must come from other members of Congress. I agree that Trump was heavy-handed toward him regarding that. But in all other areas, he was quite complimentary toward Pence. AND by choosing him as VEEP, guaranteed national attention on Pence for years to come - something that he would not have had otherwise once he did Indiana dirty. We lived in IN when he was gov. In fact voted for him...but there were a couple of issues that showed him for what he was. I was not happy that he was VEEP, but, man...so many Christians I know were in raptures about it.
  21. Nah. It's simply a moral romance novel. Although by library genre standards it would be classed as Christian fiction, by the biblical meaning of Christian it falls far short.
  22. @BrotherTony, I don't know if they've tried this or not, but one thing that has literally saved many lives is planking. That is lying on the stomach. I know it seems to go counter intuitive for someone who has respiratory issues, but it is a real help. One of my nurse friends' sister was at death's door with CoV, and the hospital talked to her about planking. She was resistant because she didn't think it would help. No joke, they were planning her funeral. Finally she agreed to it, and it was just a matter of days before she came home. Maybe you could mention the idea of planking, if they haven't tried it?
  23. Meh - it was the media that painted Trump as not handling the covid situation correctly. Hydroxychloroquine has ALWAYS been used for sars and coronavirus treatment...until Trump recommended it and then the media and Fauci (who recommended it for coronaviruses back in 2005) all of a sudden said it was bad...thus condemning many to death. And now they're going after Ivermectin in the same way (claiming - falsely - that there are multitudes of cases of people overdosing on the horse version of it). Covid is a political tool and the media is complicit with it. Trump had no chance of getting any kind of positive media attention because nobody in the media wanted him to triumph (for want of a better word). Mail-in voting IS rife with fraud. If you lived in WA state, you would understand that. WA has been under that knife since the 80s, so Trump's comments were actually based in truth. What has gone on in WA for years was perpetrated nationwide this past year. As to deregulation: the Constitution does not cede any kind of authority to the federal government to regulate state issues. The water issue in TN is TN's problem and they need to solve it - as well as in all other states. We've gotten too comfortable with leaning on the feds to take care of things that are not in their purview. That said, we didn't and don't like Trump. We did not vote for him the first time. Second time we did as a vote against Biden...as did multiples of people we know of who either voted for Hillary last time or didn't vote at all. But Biden got more votes than O did. bahahaha - not in a million years. However, should he be the nominee again next time (if there is a next time) and Biden or Harris or one of their ilk are the opponent, we will vote the same way. American Christians need revival so that unsaved Americans can learn about Christ. Right now there is apathy even amongst Christians in regards to things of the Lord. THAT is why we are in the mess we are in (and THAT is why first the Dems with Obama and then many of the GOP - including Christians - with Trump created cult figures of them). Only then will people begin to understand again the relationship between Christianity and the Constitution God gave us. I put little to no stock in conservatives any more.
  24. Speaking of Subway...tonight we're having subs from there. And my hubs' fave is the spicy Italian. Mom got a steak and cheese, and I got just ham and cheese. Yum!
  25. So, anyway... We, as I said, are a very small church. We meet in a manufactured home, so the kitchen and the "auditorium" are in one big room. Hence, if someone were to begin warming food (or, as has happened, turn on the coffee pot or the oven) while the service is going on, it would disturb the entire service...and has. So, my husband, not too long after he became pastor, had to institute "no working in the kitchen during service" . That sure cut down on a lot of interruption. As I said, after the service we get things ready. I had to ask my husband to announce that the men give the ladies a chance to get stuff out because there were two men who thought they were special (they honestly did...) and could just bulldoze in as things were being set out and dish up their food because they were hungry. Apparently they didn't think anyone else was. lol. Now the issue is that our kitchen area is so small that if two ladies are working there, it gets quite crowded. When there are 4, nothing gets done in a timely manner... We have had attenders who think that, just because the kitchen is there, they can go to the fridge and get a drink, or go through cupboards looking for something, etc., during the service; bring in their coffee or whatever to the service area, etc. So we had to "close the kitchen." From 5 minutes before Sunday School til after the morning service, the kitchen is closed. We have a sign that says such that we put out...have to because there are folks who think if it's not there that means free-for-all. Meeting in a manufactured home can be problematic in that folks associate it with a home rather than a church building. My hubs has worked on creating a less casual attitude toward meeting to corporately worship. God is good and has definitely helped us. That, I think, can be an unintended consequence of potlucks (or other dinners, etc) in a small church as well.
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