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  1. I've always liked bluegrass music and have been to a number of big name festivals, so when I got saved it was just natural that I would turn to Bluegrass Gospel. Unfortunately, "gospel" music in just about every genre often preaches "another gospel". The first time I ever heard this song it was recorded by the Statler Brothers back in the '90s. It was written by Don Reid's son, Langdon. We (Christians) are an often untapped market in the music world. We have money that these groups want to exploit so these secular "artists" compose lyrics about that which they have little to no know
  2. Sweet Springs Baptist Church is worth the 1/2 hour drive north. Pastor is Brent Logan.
  3. Attached is the chapter on Mormonism that I have been developing for a Bible study. It is not complete as yet because I have gotten sidetracked by various other concerns, but it gives a good background of the religion, their beliefs on critical doctrine and then the Biblical truth regarding those doctrines. It is not complete but close. I realize it is a bit long (33 pages), but you must understand the enemy to properly defend against him. Hope this helps. 3 - Mormonism.pdf
  4. Please pray for the Hanson family: https://www.gofundme.com/5sf4as3e James Hansen was my son's LPO and friend aboard the USS Kearsarge. He and his wife often opened their doors and shared their family with those in his division. I don't believe they were saved (that is the most critical need), but they were a giving and caring family. This is not a plea for donations, this is a plea for prayer. Please place this young family before the Lord...; God will take care of the rest, amen?! Thank you.
  5. Regardless, what they gave and how much they actually gave was all by individual choice. Nowhere is it mandated that a Christian must give all they have to the community chest. Another interesting reference is: Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. The word used for weak here is astheneo which means feeble, diseased, impotent or sick. It is not socialism to care for these types of people, it is common decency. Notice, we are ALL to labor
  6. Two of the most obvious scripture references I see that refutes the socialism view are: 1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bre
  7. Thank you for the updates. Continuing in prayer.
  8. Connie cannot be released until tomorrow. The surgery went fine and she was out of recovery at 4 PM, but she is not improved enough for a release tonight. It will be nice to have her home again. Thanks for all the prayers. God is good!
  9. Connie is being prepped for surgery now (1226) and is expected to be through surgery and recovery in 3 - 4 hours. Will let you know how she made out when I find out. Thank you again for the prayers!
  10. That is the plan as of now. Thank you for the prayers!
  11. ...and not just because she's married to me. Found out early this AM that she has an inflamed Gall Bladder that must be removed. Surgery will be some time tomorrow (9/8/15) morning. We are hoping to have her home by tomorrow evening. Please pray as you feel led. This house is (I'M) dysfunctional without her. Thanks!282
  12. I don’t see how this question can be answered by anyone other than the actual person faced with the two opportunities. We do not specifically know your capabilities and limitations We do not know what each opportunity is or how you do or do not qualify for each.The most obvious thing that should be done is to earnestly pray about the situation. Ask to be provided godly counsel through God’s word and God’s people. Following and along with prayer, get in the word. It’s amazing how God can grant an answer through scripture we’ve read countless times before. Seek counsel through your pa
  13. I was all of 1 year old when you got married and I've had a hard enough time living with myself for that long. Isn't it amazing how God can place us with just the right person that will overlook all our shortcomings and key in on that little bit that is pleasing in their eye (I'm speaking of my wife looking at me). Little is much when God is in it. Congratulations! It sure is a sweet blessing from God to be in a godly marriage. Enjoy each moment!
  14. Ezra was during the Dispensation of the Law of Moses which did allow for divorce (male or female) for limited reasons; those given in Ezra not being among them. But then we must look at what the Word (Jesus Christ) says on the subject: Matthew 19:3-9 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: a
  15. This is true, but the reference in Ezra has the believer departing from the unbeliever.
  16. Consider Ezra 10. Several questions always come to my mind that kind of muddy the waters of the divorce/remarry/adultery question. We see that these people were married to “strange wives of the people of the land”. Could this not be likened to people who are married prior to being saved? Ezra 10:11 says: Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives. Divorce seems to be mandated here. Now I realize this is during the time of the law, but this certainly ca
  17. I believe Bill Watterson best illustrated the reason for the rapid decline of America in his cartoon Calvin and Hobbes, with Calvin speaking as the average American today. "Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. Some people just act on any whim that enters into their heads. I [today's average American] pragmatically turn my whims into principles."
  18. That's funny right there!
  19. I'm glad you posted this. We haven't had outside t.v. reception for years (cable, satellite, or aerial). Our total experience is either Netflix, DVDs from the local library, or an occasional Redbox movie. After a little over a year of Netflix the material worthy of viewing is getting pretty scant. I started looking into Pure Flix last night and it looks like it has potential. My wife will look into it today and we will discuss. I really dislike spending money on something I use as little as the T.V., but there are some days, especially after a long hard day, that I only feel like vegging in fr
  20. Filled up yesterday (Western New York), regular unleaded @ $2.73. My wife used to work for a fuel oil, gasoline distribution company some years ago. You want to see the main reason for the disparity in gas prices look at the taxes each state charges. NY fuel taxes are very high (as are all our taxes). When traveling across the PA border you see an immediate drop of $.20 per gallon. That is not cost of delivery driving up the prices there.
  21. Back in the 90's after 14 years active duty Navy I considered cross-rating to Religious Program Specialist (RP) and serving my remaining 6 (or more) years in the reserves. That idea quickly dissolved when I learned that the chaplain corps is not about true faith at all. Regardless your personally held faith, as a chaplain or RP you are required to cater to those of all faiths as if you were of their faith. This includes performing religious services, counseling, etc. Could you imagine being a chaplain or RP in the Navy, (as a true and faithful Christian) and having to council someone from the
  22. They got the below from a pig's tooth. If these people are anything at all it is imaginative and artistic.
  23. Well, you have the evil, evil right. I don't think they qualify as people.
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