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    HappyChristian reacted to Jim_Alaska in The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World   
    And so it goes with conventions, associations and fellowships; none of which were, or are authorized by Scripture or the God of Scripture. All of these are man-made institutions and subject to all of the sin and apostacy of the human mind.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Calvanism   
    Hmmmm, to me that does not seem Biblically valid.  Since this debate concerns the doctrine of the gospel, if one or another side is wrong, then they are "accursed" according to Galatians 1:6-9; and I for one could not comfortably engage in ministry fellowship with those whom the Lord our God has pronounced as "accursed."
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    HappyChristian reacted to DaveW in Herding cats.....   
    Or dealing with people.....
    I need no advice, no rebuke, no encouragement - the purpose is to give you a laugh, because that's about all that can be done.
    I have been preaching verse by verse through a book for adult Sunday School. 
    Someone said to me that they don't come to Sunday School because they don't like that style of preaching.
    Morning service I am preaching through a list of questions that people put on a list for that purpose.
    Someone said to me that there has been some discussion and 'a few people' have mentioned that they are getting more out of the SS series than out of the "snippets"( their word) I am doing for the morning service, and that I should swap them.
    And apparently I am preaching too much about salvation. Yep, you read that right. Last few week's messages have had a mention of salvation, but as a portion, not the focus.
    You can please some of the people some of the time....... but you can't slap any of them anytime. 😆
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    HappyChristian reacted to Ukulelemike in Are there "Cult-like" groups of Baptists still alive and well out there?   
    Within the IFB, I have known churches who have the 'cult" like mentality, where the pastor is not questioned, to have a disagreement is tantamount to  making a person attack on the pastor, and they often have a strong group of leaders who will circle the wagons to 'protect' the pastor at all times against any questioning or accusations of wrong-doing. One of them even has a statue built of him and his wife at the church he pastored, after his death, which personally, if I went to heaven and found my former church had built me a statue, I would be pretty embarrassed. And I have known men who came out from his school, who act in the same "touch not the Lord's anointed" attitude. 
    I believe in the authority of the local church, and the authority a pastor ought to have over a local church, but at the same time, the pastor is still just one of the sheep who has been given a responsibility to care for the other sheep of their local flock, and he ought not think himself unquestionable, but always willing to discuss issues of disagreement, properly  with Bible in hand. I have been known to be wrong, and no one has it all figured out yet.
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Are there "Cult-like" groups of Baptists still alive and well out there?   
    Yes, that still exists today, and that's one reason why I'm an Independent Baptist. Obviously I'm accountable to God first and foremost, but I am also accountable by our members. As a church we vote on the budget, where money gets spent, who the pastor is and other things that's outlined in our bylaws.
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Yayy or Yukk   
    A big YEA!!!!
    mowing the grass?
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    HappyChristian reacted to Salyan in The number of a man   
    Konstantin, either engage in respectful dialogue, or cease and desist. Name calling is the sign of a poor argument. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in The number of a man   
    With all due respect, you are not making any sense nor are you keeping anything on topic which is causing confusion. If you want to go with the same logic you provided in the quote above, then I would say also that God is not the author of confusion. Maybe it's a language barrier, if that's the case just let us know. 
    "I freely follow this link" The Bible
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    HappyChristian reacted to John Young in The number of a man   
    Just letting you know there is an issue. It's not a matter of being lazy on my part but rather you checking to see why they would be flagging your site and fixing the security/safety issue for those considering visiting your site.
    https://bitly.com/a/warning?hash=2rBNOLS&url=http%3A%2F%2Fk-y.in.ua%2Fimage%2Fcache%2Fcatalog%2Fi%2Fqwe
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    HappyChristian reacted to Jerry in Dear Friends in Need of Comfort   
    Praying that the Lord would continue to comfort his family.
    I know I have shared this way back when, but perhaps it could be a comfort to his family.
    http://www.earnestlycontending.com/realmccoy/F_J/ivegonehome.html
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    When I was expecting Josh, we went to a race (not NASCAR, but cars) with my parents. He seemed to enjoy it - every time the cars went roaring past, he'd kick. Hard. LOL
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Dear Friends in Need of Comfort   
    Grieving is understandable.  What a difference salvation makes when it comes to losing loved ones on this earth.
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from PastorMatt in Dear Friends in Need of Comfort   
    They are doing ok. Still grieving, of course, but so very thankful they know he is in Glory. My friend's daughter just gave her another grandchild, so God will use that, I'm sure, to bring some comfort. Thank you for asking!
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Dear Friends in Need of Comfort   
    Just checking in. How is the Hughes family doing?
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    HappyChristian reacted to SureWord in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    Yeah, that wouldn't look good.
    "Where's Pastor Matt today? Is he at a missions conference?"
    "No".
    "Is he preaching at a revival?"
    "No."
    "Is he caring for a sick family member?"
    "No."
    "Well, where is he today?"
    "He's at the Patriots game!"
    😮
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    Unless.......I become a missionary to fans at NFL games. Anyone want to take me on for support?
    I think I'm on to something here. lol
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    They are fun and I prefer baseball over basketball games as you don't have to deal with cheerleaders and dancing, and its outside which I prefer. I don't go to Celtics games anymore because of the "entertainment" shows that seem to be the dominants force. The biggest thing for me and baseball is the beer, not that I'm tempted, but dunk people make things annoying. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    Baseball has always been my favorite to. CT is sandwiched between Boston and New York, so any given night we can go to Fenway, Yankee Stadium (I have to hold my nose when typing that), or Citi field. We even have I believe around 4 minor league teams within 45 minutes we can go to. 
    I'll take my daughter to Fenway once this year since I promised her I'd take her.

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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Prayer for our Church   
    Thank you Jim. We had another great service yesterday, as we had a missionary to Japan in and we were able to take them on for support. 
     
  20. LOL
    HappyChristian reacted to Ukulelemike in Does anyone still follow sports or did you give up?   
    I never did, so, still don't. Guess I didn't really need to post, but I need the attention. 
    Sports: Bleah!
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in President Unity Continues to Divide Us   
    How come our government doesn't believe in science? If they did, they would also include those that had Covid-19 that have the antibodies to fight off the virus in removing the masks. It seems from studies that the natural antibodies are more effective than that vaccine.
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    HappyChristian reacted to Jim_Alaska in My friend   
    Well said Bro. Dave, I echo your sentiments as well. Bro. Alan will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Like you, I never met him in person, but counted him as a dear friend all the same. 
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    HappyChristian reacted to DaveW in My friend   
    I miss the reasoned, godly voice and advice of my friend Alan.
    I miss his lessons posted here.
    I miss his input to the discussions.
    Mostly I miss his gentle advice, direction, and when necessary, rebukes.
    Pro 27:6(a)  Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
    Pro 27:17
    (17)  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
     
    Although we never met face to face, I count him as a true friend, and look forward to the day when we do meet face to face, as we glory  in the Lord together.
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    HappyChristian reacted to PastorMatt in Prayer for our Church   
    I know all of our churches can use prayer, but I would like to ask prayer for our church Highpoint Baptist Church. We are on the verge on certain days of out-growing our little building and need to seek the Lords guidance. Serving the Lord is great. Here is our most recent baptism that we had 2 weeks ago. 
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/cPGc9RJyZbCCaEdx6
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    HappyChristian got a reaction from Helen Jacobson in My intro   
    Welcome aboard, Helen. We only have one son, but are thankful that he is serving the Lord. Fellowship with like-minded folks is always sweet. 
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