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  1. Also, what if the step parent treats his biological children differently than the step child and the treatment is not fair? Don't I have a responsibility to my own child?
  2. What if the step father and step child do not have a good relationship? No trust or bond has been formed. What if the husband agrees to leave the decisions to me? Is he relinquishing his role?
  3. As a mother...would I have the final say in decisions regarding my biological child in a blended family or does that go against the authority of the man of the home (step father)?
  4. No Nic: Thanks for sharing the link. I am going to forward it to my sister's email. Maybe she'll listen to it coming from some other than myself.
  5. I went last night and the Assistant Pastor was teaching in Proverbs. They go through a lot of scripture which I really like. I really enjoyed it. It is a very small group. After the service they broke up into smaller groups for personal prayer. This is what I've been looking for. I think I can feel like I belong there and not just someone taking up a seat. I had to kiss a few frogs before I found the prince. LOL. I even wore a skirt. Ha ha. I wanted to start off on the right foot. I did tell them I don't have a lot of dresses and will prOBably wear nice slacks in winter and they were very much ok with that and were sincere. You can just tell. I appreciate everyone on here who gave me advice and prayed for this situation. This is my online church family. :-)
  6. Yes. I already called and left a message to call me back. I want to start off on the right foot. However, I don't have any dresses right now if it is their standard. It will take some time before I can get some.
  7. Yes. I agree. I would adopt to the standard of a dress code as anywhere if there is one. Since I was new to IFB at the time I first started attending, I noticed the women were in skirts so I asked if there was a dress code because I didn't want to feel out of place or offend anyone. The pastor's wife assured me that it was based on one's convictions and I should come as I am. I don't have those convictions and since they told me to come as I am, I didn't conform. They should have told me this is our standard.
  8. I also don't wear dresses. I dress modestly but not in dresses. Can someone be straight forward with me and tell me if this is going to be a prOBlem? No one was ever mean to me about it in the other church but some did look at my legs before my face. It was weird.
  9. Are all IFB's basically the same? I've been to one before and attended for a year. I never felt like I fit in. Most of the congregation were related somehow or grew up together. I tried to become involved and signed up to help in the children's classes when they asked for volunteers but they didn't have me do anything. Not even sure why I was there. I also felt like I wasn't getting any meat. Especially when they separated the women from the men into their own classes. I felt like I was in a 1950's home economics class. They were teaching on how to keep a home. Mostly how to decorate.
  10. Jim: Is the John MacArthur you are referring to the pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church? He has a TV show "Grace to You?" I hear a lot of IFB say things about him like that he teaches Lordship salvation and he is Calvanist. I just ordered some books on the Holy Spirit by Spurgeon but then learned later that he is Calvanist. I'm not well versed on Calvanism but hopefully there is something to be learned by him on other matters.
  11. Is this IFB? I didn't see anywhere that it says that but I may have missed it. I needed another set of eyes. Thanks everyone for replying. I'm going to visit the Baptist church on Wed. It appears that they even have classes for the kids which is hard to find on Wed. services.
  12. How about this one? Never came across this when I searched before. http://www.firstbaptistchurchoc.org/beliefs.htm
  13. What concerned you about the "What We Believe" section?
  14. Also, which video did you look at? I only saw online sermons but I didn't listen to any of them as of yet.
  15. John: What wording were you concerned with? I want to re-read it and see what I missed. Thanks.
  16. Would anyone mind looking at this church's website and let me know what you think? Would you recommend it? Thanks. http://www.theridgecc.com/what-we-
  17. I agree, we shouldn't do anything that will hurt another Christian spiritually but shouldn't there be a balance? The strong shouldn't judge the weak but the weak shouldn't judge the strong as well? I say this because I wonder sometimes if some people use tactics to try to control others to make them conform to their ways. I had a friend that didn't believe we should ingest cow's milk. It wasn't natural or for humans and gave me a list of Biblical foods to eat. She also believed women should breast feed until a child didn't want to anymore. I think she breast fed her son until he was 5. This is just to name a couple issues she had. It got to the point I didn't enjoy her company anymore because now it felt like it was all about judging everything I did or didn't do. We had to part ways. It was depressing.
  18. Bro. Garry: Yes. This is one of those verses she has a hard time getting past the preconceived, out of context teaching she's been subjected to. I did mention it is the Spirit (capital S) that is doing the interceding for us and not through us with groanings (not audible) and there is no utterance as is with those that are speaking with tongues.
  19. EK: She started off in AOG. For years she has been very involved with a woman's organization called Aglow International. She directed me to their website for an explanation of tongues. I was appalled when I read "We believe the Lord wants His people to speak in tongues because it was the normative experience following (or accompanying) salvation in the early church." I told her she should be concerned that they are associating it with salvation. She said "It accompanied mine and I've been using it since." That's when I decided she had made up her mind of what she believes. I told her our experiences should not triumph scripture and encouraged her to search scriptures on salvation and prayer. I explained to her the basics of hermeneutics. Haven't heard from her since but will keep praying. What is the approach you are referring to?
  20. Dave: I did tell her it was a reprimand. John: I think you and Dave are right. I think I've showed her all I can and it's time to let her decide for herself. There is no contention between us but I better let it go so as not to let it get that far. She seems to have her mind made up about it. With what you guys shared, it does help me to let it go. Thanks guys.
  21. I know I posted a topic before about the ongoing debate I am having with my sister about the purpose and usage of speaking in tongues, but this is a little more detailed as I have gone deeper into the discussion with her. These are the scriptures my sister is using to determine that speaking in tongues is ok to use in a private prayer language as taught by the charismatic movement. 1 Cor 14:2 speaking unto God v. 4 edifieth himself v. 15 I will pray with the spirit, and will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also; (she uses this scripture to indicate there are two types of tongues. One spiritual for private use and the other is a known language to use in a corporate setting with interpretation for edification of all). v. 18-19 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all. Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. (This verse she uses that Paul spoke a private prayer language more than anyone else but he didn't do it in the church). v. 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. v. forbid not to speak with tongues. Isaiah 28:11 She says this verse indicates it is still used for today as a sign to unbelievers and because it says "stammering lips that it is a spiritual language. I think I've said all I can but thought I'd give it one more shot if I missed something someone can shed some light on. I hope this is not confusing.
  22. I was just listening to a sermon last night and the preacher said something to the effect that God uses even the smallest amount of information we tell someone about Christ. That was comforting to me because when I witness, sometimes I walk away thinking "I should have said this or that." Then I realize God gave me the exact words that person needed to hear at that time and it's the Holy Spirit that works in their heart, not any fancy teaching or words I could have said. I'm not sure what "easy believeism" is. Only heard of it on here. If a person believes...it is easy. Sometimes we make it harder than it has to be.
  23. My journey so far....so I found out that the church I visited that the friend recommended believes in speaking in (modern) tongues. Do I go to the church that does not believe in eternal security, speaks in tongues (although they apparently do not practice in a corporate setting due to it being controversial) or not go anywhere at all?

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