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  1. For some reason thoughts of the crusades have come to mind while reading these replies. History repeating itself. Wars and rumors of wars ......
  2. It is good food for thought.... I have no doubt my Mom will be rewarded because she did without to try to help others. She not only gave to TV preachers, she gave her time and money for her local church ministries, too. And, no doubt, there was probably some undeserving there, too. With 20/20 hindsight, I've seen that happen at our church. Assistance given to others in good faith, only to learn later the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say. The act of giving in good faith is what results in rewards in heaven. Since I can't know what was in my Mom's heart when she mailed all those
  3. The Promised Land... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQ5oFVdEao&feature=related If Christ comes with the morning sun, what would you have for supper tonight?
  4. I often think about this in our Sunday school class. It's apparent that most of the people there have NOT even taken the time to, at least glance at it a bit. The reason why it's so apparent is they never disagree with the opinion of the author of the lesson materials. Lifeway uses the Holman Bible, thus there's a disagreement with the KJB scriptures. The current quarterly's author(s) then go off on their tangents with.... possibly this means, it's likely, according to the Greek, it appears, (all the speculation they can muster). It's very rare for anyone else to speak up and challenge the foc
  5. That was a message that I could never get through to my Mother. She'd faithfully send in her $5-$10, because that was all she couldn't actually afford to mail each week. When I tried to get her to look at their fancy clothes, lavish homes, private jets, etc. here's her reply. Something along these lines..... "It doesn't matter. If only a little bit of what I send in goes to do the Lord's work, that's what counts". She never did *see* that her dollars would have been better spent for the Lord by giving locally.
  6. Jerry, we have a church member that does the same thing. Faithfully attends Bible study with a well worn and marked Bible. Yet, she frequently references a certain TV preacher in a way that indicates she clings to his every word. (sigh) Also the same with our local Baptist bookstore. It seems that whatever is the newest, latest, and most popular is heavily promoted. It seems that almost anything labeled "Christian" that has the potential to make a buck is there. It also seems inclusion of secular themes is growing, too. I stopped by before Easter and the store was filled with "seasonal" merc
  7. Thanks, Jerry. I don't remember hearing it, so looked it up. Listening to it for a 3rd time, as I type. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAiqKTpzeok&feature=related
  8. One of the people in the crowd listening to Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount. I can't begin to imagine hearing the greatest sermon ever given. If you could be a "fly on the wall", where would you be?
  9. Jerry, I'll follow the link, in a bit, to finish reading the article. I'm still a novice with regards to studying the history of our faith, having only seriously dived into this subject in the last two years. Feeding Christians to the lions, dark ages, inquisitions, all the way up to persecution today in some parts of the world was just something that happened and really had no bearing on me. That is, until the Holy Spirit led me to read histories again with "new" eyes. Beginning with what Jesus Christ suffered for me. Continuing with what others have suffered over the centuries to ensure th
  10. IT IS SUMMER AROUND HERE. Temps running 15 degrees above normal. May hit 90 over the next few days. Under thunderstorm watch for this afternoon. Tstorm warning scrolling across the bottom of the tv screen, as I type. Yep, it's summer!
  11. So, true. Ever stand on the front porch after church, watch the people, and listen to the conversations around you? And that's after a message from the pulpit that should have put everyone on their knees.
  12. 43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. While I'm also curious about the things being discussed here, every time I read this passage of scripture, I'm freshly reminded of what we have in store for us, one day. He paid the price for our ticket to Paradise. All we have to do is hold out our hand.
  13. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=hymn%20leaning%20on%20the%20everlasting%20arms&tnr=21&vid=5061933036732669&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D5061933036732669%26id%3D5bacdef009d288372d6eaa31104c9708%26bid%3DE3OV1it17EvIVw%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253dGrJ3WKNeeRA&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGrJ3WKNeeRA&sigr=11ai1lf77&newfp=1&tit=Leaning+on+the+Everlasting+Arms+%28hymn%29+with+lyrics
  14. Heavenly Sunlight http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=hymn%20heavenly%20sunshine&tnr=21&vid=4829034149838855&l=181&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D4829034149838855%26id%3D5d261b5683c952b04907945061250639%26bid%3Db%252bTjODlnzsaEVA%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253dUzyQBkatt-c&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DUzyQBkatt-c&sigr=11afciqr4&newfp=1&tit=Heavenly+Sunlight+Hymn+%28with+lyrics%29
  15. I'm not in the mood to ban anyone right now. I'd rather send an appropriate handshake or hug to every born again, in Christ, reader of this post. And, to extend a hand to any unsaved person who'll take a moment to listen. :godisgood:
  16. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. As this old body ages there seem to be more of the first, less of the second, and growing awareness of the difference.
  17. OK, I admit it, I enjoy waking up before the rest of the folks in this house, neighborhood, neck of the woods. Even the birds are still asleep. A quiet time in this noisy world.
  18. Having to wait for church services to start on Sunday morning. I'm ready now! (5:35 am)
  19. Ban Salyan, because I cannot ban John for beleiving with God all things are possible.
  20. Thanks for your replies. I suspect the term "tools" lead to my misunderstanding. Thought that perhaps, additional "tools" (resources) that our church could use were sitting just beyond a locked door. One of the things that has become routine is to forward links to people in our church on anything that has a good likelyhood to help them in their ministries. Whether it's the pastor, a deacon, or a Sunday school teacher, etc. BTW, I should acknowledge, while I'm on this subject, how helpful this site has been and is in this regard. References from quite a number of posts have been forwarded.
  21. First, and foremost, I believe that people can come to Christ without reading a word from any Bible. Romans 10:17 KJB So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The concept of everyone knowing how to read is a fairly new one within the history of mankind, if I understand correctly. And, even today, there are many who can't read the Bible -- any version -- in their native language. Next, I'm just a layman, fairly recently returning to fellowship with the body of Christ. Upon returning, I discovered the King James ONLY controversy. As a result for the last 18 months
  22. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN— at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.” http://www.bartleby.com/73/1593.html Edit: Quote expanded upon. http://www.fff.org/freedom/1101b.asp
  23. It probably is because the answer is also probably here in the forum somewhere. OK, here goes. Why is the Tools for Ministry forum "protected"? I understand the reasoning behind having protected forums where men and women can freely discuss gender related matters. As a layman, I can't in good faith, ask to be permitted to participate there, as I don't hold any "office" in my church. Yet, shouldn't I be able to learn of and use any "tools" that God provides in my witness and fellowship? BTW, it's not a big issue, as I'm a guest in the "home" of those who created and maintain this meeting
  24. I suspect this could be a situation where you simply have to pick your battles. Suspect, from her loud answer, that you've had numerous battles with her on subjects such as this one. I know that within my family (including my church family) I do have to pick my battles to keep from driving them away, alltogether. All of them do things that aren't according to scripture. I'm guilty of that, too. Because I can't be perfect, others are viewing my life and my actions, too. If far too many battles on far too many subjects, I have little chance of persuading anyone to even take a second look at tr
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