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  1. Jim_Alaska

    Is "Luck" a biblical concept?

    Oh I dunno Danny, he may just be on to something there. After all Baptists are known for their fellowship over church dinners.
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    You're a Heretic!

    No Danny, it's not you or your cognitive abilities. It was very early here when I wrote that and my comprehension is not best early. I did understand that you were pointing solely at Protestants, but I thought to just clarify for any future readers regarding my thoughts on the "difference" between what is perceived as heresy today with its actual application. It did occur to me to ask about your understanding of "the church", since so many use it today to include all churches, as in universal church context. I refrained from asking you about it because you've indicated in other posts that you do not believe universal church. Where you said, " I refer to the adherent's of biblical truths as the true Church", clarifies your stand perfectly. Thanks for your reply and agreement.
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    You're a Heretic!

    I would agree that the word has lost a lot of its original meaning. This happens a lot across the whole sphere of social language today. But I would also contend in the defense of the word "heretical", that when true Baptists use the word in describing the teaching and doctrine of Protestants and the RCC it is an apt and true description. I would, as a proof text offer this Scripture as an example of why I believe this way: 1Tim 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. My reasoning is thus: The Apostle here states in no uncertain terms that the "truth" resides exclusively in the New Testament institution of "the church". I do not consider anything that has its roots in Protestant institutions as "the church". Following this line of thought, institutions originating with man are devoid of "the truth" and therefore "heretical". I'm not trying to be contentious here, simply trying to show that there is much that is truly heretical in so called Christendom and Protestants in particular.. Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you. In reality every man made organization that calls itself a church is in direct contradiction of these three verses, and therefore heretical.
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    Grace: It’s Meaning and Source

    Thank you for your added comments and scripture verses Danny. They add to the sermon wonderfully.
  5. Grace: It’s Meaning and Source By Jim Foley Country Baptist Church Text: Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: If you are a Christian there are words that you have been familiar with all of your Christian life. Many of them are more or less taken for granted; we just don’t dwell on their meaning. As Baptists this word, “grace” is a fundamental of the faith and often used in sermons and lessons. You seldom go to church without hearing this word mentioned, but how many of us really know what it means? There is probably no other word in Scripture that is so poorly understood. There are a great many people who have received the grace of God into their hearts, but who, if they were asked what the word means, might be troubled and confused and unable to define it. The plain meaning of the word “grace” is unmerited mercy. Though this is the plain meaning there is so much more that goes into not only the meaning in its positive nature, but also in its negative nature. Let’s examine this term unmerited mercy. The word, mercy, speaks volumes about its nature. For mercy to even exist there must be an entity higher than the recipient of this mercy. In our case this entity is the Almighty God that spoke all things into existence. He is all powerful and able to accomplish any thing he desires. Ro 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. The source of Grace: John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Joh 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. The highest manifestation of this grace was when God gave his son to save this lost world. The very fact that God chose to save an undeserving world speaks volumes. He certainly didn’t have to do it and there is no force that could make him do it. He did it out of love. He did it because he is a benevolent, righteous and loving God. In this respect his benevolence, righteousness and love can only result in grace. An illustration could be made in this way; H2O is water, it consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. H2O always produces water; it is chemically impossible for it to produce anything else. Grace is this way, it is impossible for the actions of God to result in anything but grace; it is an integral part of His nature. The positive nature of grace is that it is a gift. The last clause in Eph.2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: as such Scripture declares plainly that grace is a gift. A gift is freely given, it cannot be earned, nor can it be given as a reward for good deeds. Rom 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. God deals with man in grace, he has from the very beginning. Adam is a case in point; there was no sign that Adam recognized his lost condition, no cry for mercy and pardon, and certainly no confession of sin. Yet God sought him out specifically that he might bestow his grace upon him. He met Adam, as he does all mankind, in his lost and ruined condition. He bestowed upon Adam the promise of a coming redeemer, Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Notice that he did this without Adam asking for it, or even recognizing that he needed it. This is grace. Grace then is unconditional; God bestowed his grace on Adam in his ruined condition. For six thousand years God has been trying to show mankind this great and glorious truth; that he wants to deal with man in love and grace. He expects no payment in kind, he requires no attempt to clean up our life, as a matter of fact to even make an attempt to clean up our life in an attempt to merit God’s favor is an insult. God said his grace is a free gift. To even think that there is anything we can do, or can take the place of what God accomplished in Christ is the same as saying to God that His sacrifice was not sufficient. By grace God devised a scheme of redemption for fallen man, justice never would and reason never could. No sinner would ever have sought out God; just like Adam, he sees no need simply because he doesn’t even recognize his lost condition. It is always God that seeks out fallen man, never the other way around. Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. Nowhere do we read that he came to save those that were looking for truth and pardon. This is what the Scripture means when it says that we are blind. There is a special aspect of grace that is both sobering and enlightening. First, God has provided his grace to all mankind, even to those who do not know of it and even those who will never accept it. This special aspect of grace is faith. It is only by faith that we can apprehend grace for ourselves. This faith is unique in itself, for it is not our faith. The scripture affirms that the faith to believe is the faith that Christ bestows on every believer. It is his faith, not our own, for in the first place we have no faith other than that which a holy, just and righteous God has provided. Notice the grammar in the last clause of our text in Eph. 2:8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Grace is the object, but faith is the vehicle that allows us to arrive at the object. The scripture affirms that this vehicle, faith, is the gift of God. We think of the Apostle Paul in respect to unmerited mercy. Paul had never done anything that could rise to the place where he could merit God’s mercy. He had kept the law as best he could as a Pharisee. He had done everything he possibly could against Christ and the church. But when Jesus met him on the road to Damascus, he met him in pure grace. This concept is brought home all the more clearly in Jesus’ question to Paul where he asked, “why persecutest thou me”? Paul was in active opposition to God and his grace when he set out to kill or imprison all who professed faith in Jesus. God’s grace shines through even more clearly when we understand that God dealt with Paul in the condition he found him in. He was, at this point in his life, a God hater, even though he thought that what he did, he did in the name of God. God was using the witness and lives of the Christians that Paul persecuted as a preparation against Paul’s day of mercy and pardon. This is what God meant when he said to Paul: “it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” This is a reference to the practice of ox drovers who would use a long pole with a sharp end to “goad” the ox in the direction the drover wanted it to go. God had been “goading” Paul in the direction he wanted him to go. The witness of those that Paul persecuted was what God used as a goad. Though Paul had done nothing to merit God’s grace, still God provided it and brought Paul to the realization of the truth of his word. What can we say about works before justification, or works for justification? Simply this; what we would call good works before justification are not pleasant to God. This is because they do not spring from faith in Jesus Christ; neither do they make men able to receive grace. Think with me, good works conducted to merit the favor of God have not been done according to the way God has designed his grace to be given; therefore they have the nature of sin, because “whatsoever is not of faith is sin”. The thought of the God of all heaven and earth freely providing grace to those who do not deserve it is almost beyond our comprehension, it runs counter to everything we are conditioned by our fallen nature to believe. How sad it is to come to the understanding that there are multitudes that will never avail themselves of the grace that God has willingly and loving provided for every person who has ever lived on this earth. This is what is meant by God when he says in his word that “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” The free gift has already been provided; the only requirement to laying hold of eternal life is simply to take the grace that God has already provided.
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    Cute Story About Life

    Mt 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. Ga 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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    Cute Story About Life

    LIFE IS WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!" Curious, he yells: "Who are you?" He receives the answer: "Who are you?" Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!" He receives the answer: "Coward!" He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?" The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention." And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!" The voice answers: "I admire you!" Again the man screams: "You are a champion!" The voice answers: "You are a champion!" The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it." Author Unknown
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    Percieved Contradicitons Section?

    This idea comes up quite often Bro. Stafford. In answer to this I would submit the following. If we create different forums for each subject there comes a point where just trying to find the right forum to post in or read becomes burdensome. The present layout of the forums at OB are a case in point. At OB we have no less than 29 different forums which comprise the board as a whole. There is no limit to creating new forums and sub-forums. Most of the forums you see on this board are the result of members suggesting the very same issue you address. Topics such as you detailed can easily be incorporated into existing forums simply by creating topics within the framework of individual forums. As far as any thread becoming confusing, my take on this is a simple one and made from observance of members browsing habits. Most people that belong to any kind of board and frequent it regularly make extensive use of two helpful features; one is the "mark forum read" and the other is the "unread content" feature. These two features can keep members fully up to date on any new topic or reply posted. So then it just becomes members to use these features, which is a practice of discipline on their part. We have to remember when thinking of board complexity in the number of forums on a board, the job of the board owner and moderators. More forums equates to more work and time spent for those charged with administering and moderating. Make no mistake, I am not against multiple forums on a board, I just think there comes a time when any more forums are too much. Take me for instance. I am an administrator of this board, which is quite extensive, but also have like duties to other boards that most here don't even know exist. I administer two other boards that contain six forums within each of them, so I think you can see that my time, each and every day. is devoted to administering boards and forums. Of course this is a responsibility I voluntarily take on, but it is a daily responsibility non-the -less. There is one other point to be considered in creating an additional forum for specific topics and that is the point of “need”. I mean this in the context of; “is there really a need for a new category?” A case in point would be the “Homestead Forum” that I created at the request of members. I forgot that you were the member that first brought this up. I love the idea of this kind of forum, but if you look at the use it gets after almost a year and a half it is obvious that the “need” is not really there. There are only 444 posts on this forum. Compared to the rest of the forums at OB, there does not seem to be a real need. There is also, within any special forum the moderation of it. For moderators a major part of their work is keeping the posts within a forum on topic, this is a big part of moderating and adds to time spent by moderators. I didn’t mean to write a book in reply to your suggestion, but once I got thinking about it all these other things came to light. Subjects such as you addressed in your post are easily handled within the framework of existing forums. It doesn’t have to be confusing if members would simply use the “search” feature to see if a subject they are interested in has been addressed already. In the end the addition of a new forum should be the prerogative of the board’s owner, BroMatt. I hope what I have written gives members an idea of how boards work and what goes into making them function properly, as well as keep them interesting and informative.
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    communication in a post modern world

    I do have a cell phone Dan. Friends and family bugged me to get one for emergencies since I live very remote from anyone. This phone is for when I am driving, in case of an emergency. I never turn it on unless I have an emergency. It is a flip phone, no smart phones for me. I am continually amazed at the world I see today. No one can even look at where they are walking, they all have their heads down, immersed in their own little phone world. Don't get me wrong, a cell phone can be a good thing....FOR TALKING. But anyone, and I mean anyone I see, are always stuck to their phone 24/7. They can't even eat without being glued to their phone. No one calls anyone on their cell phone, everything is text, even if they are sitting next to the person they are texting.
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    One of the greatest moments of my life...

    Well put NN. No one can change another. Especially in the marriage realm this is true. The only person I can change is ME!
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    Evolution is 'unscientific' Creation is SCIENTIFIC

    This member will not be answering your question Doc, he has been banned.
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    Whats for Supper...

    Randy can eat all that KFC? What about all that breading on the outside and the cooking oil?
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    The Local Church.

    Thank you Alan. I love maps when used in conjunction with proper teaching. They just make the lesson come alive when you can actually see the places mentioned. I liked your Scripturally correct points on the proper rendering of both the word, church and churches. This proper teaching regarding Acts 9:31 is but one instance (and a very important one) that shows the fallacy of any kind of argument for "Universal Church". The statement of gotquestions, org that said; "should actually be the singular church" is not only in error, but also shows the blatant disregard for the inspired writing of the Holy Spirit himself. We can just lump that kind of statement into the "bible changers" category. These people are proud boasters in presuming to be able to interpret Scripture better than the original interpreters of the bible.
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    Thank you for that timely post Bro. Scott. I am glad to see that we are in agreement although approaching this subject from two different positions. Our two posts reaffirm each position, while at the same time others who may be reading can see the clear meaning and validity of each post.
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    I do not look at Christianity, or being truly born again as a system of do's and don't's. This is how the unsaved world views Christianity. It is not that I don't ever think about rules or laws, but simply that I don't impose them on others because it is not my place to do so; this is the work of the Holy Spirit. I don't use the observance of certain laws in my Christian life a a"badge" of some sort to show others my spirituality. But instead, if I am truly born again I will be led of the Spirit of God who is well able to guide my life, thoughts and actions. Thus I have no need to even worry about subjects such as we see in this thread. To me, if I even have to ask myself the question of what law I am supposed to follow, I am focusing on the wrong thing. I guess I just consider subjects such as this as more of a state of mind and heart, rather than a system in and of itself. Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; ............................ Bro. Scott posted as I was writing this. What he wrote caused me to pause and think. He is of course correct. I just don't think well in the mornings, but do think that what I wrote above is also correct if we are truly led of the Spirit. For it is the Spirit of God that will lead us to walk in the commands, precepts and requirements he outlined.