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Everything posted by swathdiver

  1. I love our church because she is the pillar and ground of the truth. She is the shining city on the hill, whose members with the power of the Holy Ghost restrain sin in our community. She loves the Lord and serves him faithfully in all that she does.
  2. The First Baptist Church of Jerusalem was started on the shores of Galilee when Jesus called Simon Peter and Andrew to follow him. From this point on the local church functioned as the local, visible, church described in the scriptures. "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." - Matthew 4:18-20 "Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him." - Mark 1:16-18
  3. Sorry I missed you guys. Around that time I was home nursing my right achilles tendon after falling into a divot in the grass of our new place. Still hurts!
  4. Muzzleloader's use these to remove the sprue from their lead round balls too.
  5. That was an epic journey for sure. Glad you both made it home and are recovering. When were you on the east coast of Florida?
  6. Same here, couple years worth!
  7. Hosting friends and family at our new home. We've little furniture but lots of folding chairs and tables from church!
  8. Well, the Lord can provide if he wants someone to live in Kalifornia. That state like most of the others is ripe for the gospel. In our case, the Lord has provided abundantly to get our family into a new home. And we have brand new beds! How sweet it is to sleep on a new mattress and clean, dog free, sheets!
  9. It's an evil. God never intended for there to be such factions. Along a similar vein, President George Washington said that political parties are an evil too. Both are right. I went to a Yankee church once and they welcomed us with open arms and knew the south was right too! LOL Being in Florida, we have lots of Yankees fleeing the north and our local church welcomes them all warmly and encourages them to come back. I am so thankful that the Lord lead us to Liberty. It's truly an amazing experience being part of a New Testament Church, brings tears to my eyes thinking about the saints and my pastor while writing this.
  10. I hate liars more than anything too. Until the Lord save me from my sins, I was a serial liar, lied about anything and everything. Since salvation, only the truth leaves these lips or these fingers no matter the consequences. In the short term, telling the truth has hurt me and my family; so be it. The last thing I want to do is upset my Lord and Savior and put a gulf between us when I need him so.
  11. A poignant article. We're about to lose our home and get little help because some know-nothings spread lies that I'm lazy and not willing to work. My health has been in a steady decline for years, little old ladies have more energy and stamina than I and my dear wife has had to bear the burden of supporting our family. I do operate two small businesses from home but the physical aspects require the assistance of my children. This those busy-bodies probably know nothing about. When my wife was ill and hospitalized and had surgeries, the storehouse that the company generated, sustained us, God was and is good to us. Now there's little left. The difficulties we're in now make me physically ill and weak, diabetes is winning and my poor wife does her best to keep things from me. I do not understand why these things make me ill, I've seen horror of horrors and was never phased by death and destruction until after marriage. Missing so much time with the saints has not helped either; I cherish those days I'm able to attend church but they are getting fewer and further apart. I hate it so.
  12. I would loved to have been alive during the time of the dinosaurs and seen them. Apparently, they were quite tasty! Only the smallest ones are left! Some were tamed by man while others were the reason for walled cities.
  13. Another great one from Way of Life! Thank you! I'm going to share the IN BETWEENITES with my family.
  14. My memory has improved a bit since last posting here. I reckon it has to do with my diet which is ever on the increase with fruits, nuts and vegetables. Everything else is falling apart though! My oldest aunt is but a child now, trapped inside her own little world, physically healthy but mentally gone, so much so that she wears a harness to keep her from falling out of chairs. But the Lord has a plan for a lady in that condition and it may not all be about her, but to use her for His glory. Both of my grandfathers passed away with their wits about them, their bodies gave out. One however, suffered a stroke and could not speak but his brain was still as sharp as ever. Well, nearly so. He kept driving his car and was having difficulties parking it because of his bad arms, one from child birth, the other from the strokes. When they took his license away, that was it, he passed soon after.
  15. I think we will go back to using horses, would like to anyway. NNs comments are spot on about the affects of technology on our lives. The kids growing up nowadays immersed in it have no idea how deficient it has made them. Indeed, they are deceived and think they are ready for anything, after taking their anxiety medicine and getting likes on Facebook. In the days before hand held computers with phones in them, we used to actually memorize dozens of phone numbers and addresses. A man could look at a map and drive their and remember his kin's phone number. The memory of the people before that time was even more superior, for they had knowledge and ability passed down through books and their families on how to use the land around them for healing, diet, built their own homes and had a work ethic that is difficult to find these days.
  16. I'm not sure we disagree. However, things said by Paul contradict things said by Jesus until taken in context. But I'll stand by my statement that if one wants to know what God's plan for marriage is in this age, it's to be found in 1 Corinthians 7. Of course, other things related to marriage are found throughout the scriptures
  17. Exactly, and this is why the doctrine of marriage is found in 1st Corinthians 7 and not Matthew for the New Testament Christian.
  18. The actions of others can effect change. I suppressed the truth in unrighteousness with regards to abortion and the existence of God until I saw my 2nd daughter on an ultrasound photo at 6 weeks of age. Six years later she enrolled at a Christian school and those biblical songs sung by her, her sisters and classmates softened my cold and hard heart and soon after I surrendered and was born again.
  19. The doctrine of marriage for the New Testament Christian is found in 1st Corinthians 7. Such a union as you describe is sin and sins can be and will be forgiven and you can continue on in marriage until the Lord calls y'all home. Obviously the Lord will not call your husband to be a Pastor or Deacon but you can both faithfully serve in other ways. Don't dwell on it.
  20. Our pastor encourages the members to maintain their own libraries at home. His was almost as large as mine until I got rid of all the secular books I've read over a lifetime! Now he's at about 3,000 volumes and I'm probably 2/3 of that. Our church's Academy has an extensive library for the children though.
  21. A Pastor should not be a novice either. Some twenty year old who is married with two kids may not be ready to shepherd a church. If a pastor does not have more than one child, then the Lord simply never called him. Now what is the tense, grammatically speaking of wife and children in that verse? Is it present tense or could it encompass a widower or couple who lost at least one of two or more children? Sentence diagramming was not my strong suit, but when such instances arise, I ask my daughter and will do so in this case. Wait, I did a couple years ago on here and it didn't end well! LOL
  22. Seems some have ripped this page from their bible and replaced it with being haughty.
  23. That's right, they worship the creation more than the Creator!
  24. My family are members of Liberty Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, Florida under Pastor W. L. Cooley. http://www.libertyftpierce.com/
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