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Fixation

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  1. The weather here in WA ha actually been quite nice lately.
  2. Yeah, that was pretty freaky. My house is literally one mile north of the bridge. My wife and I heard sirens blazing by the house and were wondering what was going on. Then I started getting phone calls from concerned church friends and family because one of the vehicles that fell with the bridge was identical to the one I drive, and they were worried that me and/or my wife had been on the bridge when it went down. Praise the Lord that no one was killed or seriously injured!
  3. I, praise the Lord, am an exception here! I was born and raised in the CoC and started dating my IFB wife while in High School. After graduation I proposed and a year later we were married. For the first year and a half of our marriage, we attended a CoC, but my wife was always uncomfortable, regularly pointing out falsehoods about what was being preached. When we got married, the arrangement was that whenever we moved, we would go to either a CoC or Baptist, the opposite of our last church. Since I was in the Navy, we knew we would be moving fairly regularly. When I was transfered to WA, we started attending an IFB church, as per our arrangement. It was there that I heard the Bible (KJV) preached for the first time, and was really convicted about my beliefs. After much study, an open mind, and the never ceasing encouragement from my wife, I realized that my baptism as a kid did not save me and that I was still lost and bound for Hell. I then asked Jesus to forgive and save me, and ever since we have been IFB and nothing but! There is also a couple that joined our church a few months ago who were former CoC as well. I definitely agree that the compromise is generally in favor of going to the CoC, but I just wanted to share an instance where the right choice was made.
  4. Can't...help...my....self! Joke: I saw on ebay an add for a French WW2 rifle. Excellent condition; never been fired and only dropped twice! Btw, I have no idea what number we are really on, so to clear up my confusion I am going to post the number "8" and say that is where we are at!
  5. You would be amazed at the things that get tossed overboard a ship while at sea. Then again, maybe not...
  6. As an Eagle Scout and a big supporter of the Boy Scout program, I approached my pastor late last November or early December to inquire if he would be interested in forming a Boy Scout troop at our church. My pastor had been looking at different ways to encourage more involvement of the teens in our church, and he jumped at the idea. Fast forward two months. Headlines everywhere I looked claimed that the BSA was planning on holding a vote to change their anti-gay membership ban. They tried to smooth everything over by saying that on the national level, the ban would be lifted, but each local troop still could choose whether or not to allow gay members. Of course, this is how compromise begins. I wrote a scathing letter to the BSA, detailing exactly what the Scout Law and Oath meant: Scout Law A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obediant, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverant. Scout Oath On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country. To obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Sadly, regardless of whether or not they choose to keep the ban in place, we will not be sponsoring a troop at my church simply because the organizations actions here display that they will consider compromising their values. I am proud of what being a Scout has taught me, I am ashamed to see such a beneficial organization abandon their values for the sake of political correctness. RIP BSA.
  7. I believe it's been mentioned already, but I would highly recommend Heartland Baptist Bible College. I have researched it out and plan to attend in the near future. My pastor is a graduate from there, and I have had the priviledge to meet several other pastor graduates from that school, as well as Sam Davison. They are solid biblically and hold the bar very high.
  8. James 1:23-25 King James Version (KJV) 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. Pretty clear what kind of people we're dealing with here...
  9. It was raining raid?! Brings a whole new meaning to "acid rain"! Glad you are ok, though!
  10. I was adamantly opposed to ever being a pastor/preacher growing up, and even in my adult life. When I was preparing to transition out of the Navy, my wife jokingly said that I could become a pastor. My reply: "I do not EVER want to be a pastor!" I had already made plans to move back to Texas, get my bachelors and masters in mechanical engineering, and pursue that as a career. We picked out a house, college, and even found a good church. Well, that was in October. In November, I attended a mens conference and it was there that God called me to preach. I'm not sure who was more surprised, me or my wife! Needless to say, we immediately scrapped our moving plans, and I started my training under my pastor. I currently serve as the Youth Director, and am still learning as much as I can.
  11. Why Baptist by James A. Alter and Dolton W. Robertson II
  12. When I was in the Navy, my wife worked part-time as a nanny. We didn't have any kids at the time, and our appartment was small and could be cleaned in about an hour. Whenever I went on deployments was when she would pick up the nanny jobs. Whenever I was home, she wouldn't work. Now that I am out of the Navy (have been for about a year now), we both have had to work full time until I was able to find a job that would support us solely by my income. My wife, naturally, picked up a job teaching at a day care across the street. Economy hasn't been too great here in WA, so I was only able to pick up a part-time, no benefits gig as a security officer at a hospital. After a year of solid searching, God provided me a job that would allow my wife to no longer have to work. If you want to talk about God's timing: I got the job, finished getting licensed for foster care (a 9 month process that supposedly was only supposed to be 3), and just the other week found out that my wife is pregnant with our first! My wife, God bless her, does her best to be a model Christian woman. Both of us have been trying to get into a position where she wouldn't have to work anymore. A wife working is a decision that a husband needs to make, one made after much prayer and supplication. We felt led to have my wife work for a season, and now that season has come to an end. Praise the Lord!
  13. Swath, John, Ohio, and Wilchbla. This is not an all inclusive list, just the top ones.
  14. Thanks for your time and effort, PastorJ!
  15. In the Old Testament, we see several examples of God telling the Israelites to commit genocide. Complete extermination of a people. Why? Because if they were permitted to remain, they would become as a thorn in the side of Israel and lead her astray, as history has proven. Now why would Jesus, being God, all of a sudden "change His mind" about the use of violence? Yes, the Lord said to turn the other cheek and to not return evil for evil, but was that a command to never again take up arms in defence of yourself and others? I find it difficult to wrap my head around how God would just change His mind 2000 years ago. If a person is hateful to you, says mean and rude things, steals from you, lies to you, gossips about you; all these things we are to forgive, and not return evil for evil. If a person is intent on causing serious bodily harm or trying to actively kill you or another, yes we are to forgive them, but the fact still remains that actions will have consequences, in this case about 3-5 to the chest. The Bible says that those who live by the sword, die by the sword. An armed robber, rapist, murderer, etc. live by the sword. That is all that occupies their minds. A Christian who carries, either open or concealed, is not living by the sword, he just has one ready for use if the need were to arise. And lets be realistic. The vast majority of the time (I dare say 9 out of 10, but I don't have any statistics to back that up) if you were to pull a gun in self defense you don't even have to use it. Usually the criminal runs off because he doesn't want to get killed either, and then goes off to find an easier target. I personally know a gentleman who has simply displayed (didn't draw, simply moved his coat to make his gun visible) his weapon, and the sketchy people circling the gas station eye-balling him and his wife and children immediately drove away. They didn't want any of that action. So let's face the facts. Very few people are on the fence with this issue. They are either on one side or the other. Both sides use scripture to justify their position, and that is good. We should always use scripture to justify a stance we take. But is this not an issue of conscience and liberty? The person who uses their firearm knows that they will be held accountable for their actions in Heaven, just as the person who refuses to have anything to do with firearms. In the end, we must live our lives to the best of our ability, with the Bible serving as our guide.
  16. Nice. My church participates in several events with the churches in Moses Lake and Yakima. I'm up in the Mount Vernon area.
  17. BlessedSongs beat me to it. Whenever I hear the government say that we need to do something "immediately" for "our safety", I know something's up. Since when has the government cared about what's best for us?
  18. Welcome to OB! If you don't mind my asking, what part of WA do you hail from?

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