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  1. Any scientist that believes this should have to answer this question: Why are there still apes?
  2. Brother Tony, This is the first I ever heard of a "head Deacon". The Bible lists the office of Deacon, I don't see anywhere, or justification for a hierarchy of Deacons. This could be and very likely was, the problem with the church you mentioned. No one man should have authority such as this. Even the pastor is to lead, not have authority over the church above pastoral authority. The ultimate authority in matters of church business lies with tis membership, that is the Scriptural way. I should back off of the subject of deacons, it is pulling the thread off topic. I apologize for this. It seems like I just couldn't let the subject of undue power given to Deacons go.
  3. No Deacon or Deacons should ever be given that much authority. Decision making is under the authority of the whole church membership. They are in that position as HELPERS to the pastor, not rulers, not a board of Deacons.
  4. Thanks Matt. That is good to know.
  5. Even I would not have known that. That is one reason why I did not try to remedy this for him, didn't even know about it. I make it a habit on any forum I visit or administer to just never log out. It saves a lot of problems and almost all forums have a feature that recognizes me each time I visit. I was wondering if this is something that other mods and admins can fix, that way someone having this problem doesn't have to wait until you are online and see the problem.
  6. I have been a member of two Independent Baptist churches. 1. Two Rivers Baptist in Fairbanks Alaska from 1977 to 2003. 2. Country Baptist in Yreka California from 2007 to 2021.
  7. Oh my, how is it possible to forget the meat? In the future it might help to wipe the pan with a bit of olive oil, just lightly mind you. As for me, I like what some call a "meat lovers" pizza, four or five different kinds of meat. And I always like lots of onions on mine, it imparts a bit of a sweet taste to the sauce. Do you make your own pizza crust, or buy one already made?
  8. Brother Tony, I think either I have not explained my concern accurately, or folks are not understand my concern. There is no example to give. My concern was my observations in regard to some brethren who, when out witnessing and door knocking, use this term: "a place called Hell". It is not the term that is my concern, it is simply that in my experience this term indicates to me that they have been taught to witness using a system of "easy believism. This system uses a pre-rehearsed method of witnessing such as; 1 2 3 follow me, where the person being witnessed to follows through a series of steps that end with them following the door knocker in a prayer that asks Jesus into their heart. At which time they are pronounced "saved" by the one doing the witnessing. My main concern in this is the method, not the words, witnessing to the lost is not supposed to be like a Mary Kay seminar. Edited to read: I am sorry brother Tony. In my reply to this I did not see that you had posted another reply that addressed my concerns perfectly. I had thought that you were asking me for an example and didn't see that you were asking Bro. Morales. Your example of the subject being like a used car salesman it just the kind of thing I was thinking of.
  9. I agree Bro. Morales, Hell is mentioned much as you pointed out with your Bible verses. But that was not quite what I was talking about. In all of your verses the word "Hell" is mentioned. But what I was talk exception with was the words "a place called", and how many many people cannot say only the word Hell, without adding "a place called" in front of the word Hell.
  10. I may be, and probably am, a bit paranoid when it comes to the "wording" of this subject. I hope I can explain what I am thinking, so that others don't get the wrong idea. When I said "wording" above, I meant the exact wording, as in; "a place called Hell". My concern comes from what I have observed with Christians that are into "easy believism". (sp?) In my experience, these folks usually have a pre-rehearsed "spiel" that they use when going door to door. somewhere in that spiel they will talk about Hell with the homeowner, but in every instance I have heard, they invariably say; "a place called Hell". They NEVER say the word Hell alone. It's almost like a "follow the leader" kind of thing; where that is what they were taught and so, that is always the way they say it. Why is this a concern to me? Simple, when I hear this said this way, I always associate it with easy believism, which I do not agree with at all. To me, it is an "indicator". You know, it's the stuff where they use a pre-rehearsed spiel and if the person they are witnessing to will repeat a made up prayer asking Jesus into their heart, they are pronounced "saved". This seems to be a "numbers game". They keep track of the number of people that have "made a decision", and whoever gets the most is seen as a great soul winner. As you can probably tell, I don't like this sort of what I call, "make believe evangelism". I have seen way too much of this sort of thing; which usually results in, no follow up, no Baptism, no teaching and no follow through on the part of the person supposedly saved. I hope I have not offended anyone, and this is not intended for any one person on this board. But this is based on my experience and dislike of this method of soul winning.
  11. Since you asked I will say that my pastor preaches and mentions Hell often, especially in his "Invitation".
  12. I agree completely with what you wrote here Bro. Jerry. In fact I just taught these very things in our church as a series on church history and used the same people you mentioned: Cardinal Hosius and John Clark Ridpath. In trying to trace Baptist history we run into great difficulty in that, these churches were being persecuted and hiding out, so-to-speak. In many case there were no written records and the only record of them even existing was written by their enemies.
  13. I am very uncomfortable with Independent Baptists being called a "movement". Perhaps there is such a thing, but historically Independent Baptists have been just what the name implies....Independent. To me, if it is a movement is is not Scriptural. To me, once you classify it as a "movement" you are getting very close to it being some sort of denomination. When we look at the churches in the NT we see that each church was Independent, self governing, autonomous, not governed or influenced by any other church, or higher institution.
  14. Yes, and Joseph Smith should probably have been part of "The Odd Fellows", he was odd enough.
  15. Sounds good, I would rather have the dark meat than the white, it is much more flavorful and moist. How are yours prepared? I do it two different ways; one way is to bake in the oven with seasoned salt and garlic; the other is to cut the thighs in smaller pieces and pan fry slowly. Both ways produce wonderful juice for gravy. Gravy is a "must have" for chicken around here.
  16. Brother Tony, we also have our services at 6pm. I agree, it is a bit early from what I have been historically used to. For all the years I was in Alaska we always had evening service at 7pm. This worked well because it gave those who worked time to get home, have dinner and get to church. So here, our services being at 6pm, means I have to leave home quire early, and even earlier when I have to fill in for our pastor. But all is well, I don't mind going early and driving long distances. It s a lot better than when there was no church to go to. Thank you for praying for our services, I am sure it helped.
  17. No cooking tonight, I have to fill n for my pastor, so I leave home too early to cook, I live and hour and a half from my church. So, for me it will be cooked chicken strips from a market in town. If I have to do this I usually gets the chicken, take it to a city park and eat it there, then it's on to church to preach. That's the plan for tonight.
  18. This is always a problem with written text, especially on message boards. Because we only see the text it is difficult to determine the frame of mind of the writer. When I read that particular post I took it as humor, but obviously others saw it differently.
  19. Acts 2:21 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Hmmmm, doesn't say anything about being baptized; must be a mistake huh?
  20. And what of a situation like we find with Abraham? Romans 4:3 (KJV) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. He was not baptized, so, by your reasoning he must not have been saved.
  21. SureWord, You are deflecting and changing the subject. The subject was that the Jews had to be baptized to be saved, not to receive the Holy Ghost, as you stated. It is difficult for me to believe that a Baptist would ever say that anyone had to be baptized to be saved, or that there was a "different method of salvation". But difficult or not, I have now heard a "supposed" Baptist say it. A sad day indeed.
  22. Acts 16:30-31 (KJV) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
  23. I understand a lot better now Rebecca. Given you not being there most of the time does not sound practical for you. I forgot probably the most important thing if you plan to have animals. Animals are a tremendous responsibility. I say that mainly because if you have farm animals you are tied to the farm. This might not sound like much on the surface, but it has implications far beyond what most people think of. You are literally married to it because of your responsibility to your animals. No vacations, or even going away for a few days. Those animals depend on you for food, water, shelter, protection. So you have to be there for them each and every day. This is just one of the reasons that don't like this sort of thing. Even when my wife had her goats it affected me. We always had to plan everything around the goats and their care. Even if you were just going to town to do shopping you had to consider feeding and milking times, no exceptions. There is a bright side to what you explained. You already have the land, and house, that is a big plus. After that it all depends on how much you are willing to commit to the project. It sounds like your sister will be the one to do most of it since you will be away. She will have to be sure she is up to it and really wants to do this.
  24. Rebecca, my wife knows quite a bit about homesteading. It is not something that interests me, so I asked her for her input into what you asked. She does not post on the forum and I wanted to reply to you with any help I could give, but unfortunately, I don’t have information of this sort except in a very limited sense. It seems like the answers to your questions are very complicated. This is due, in part, to you not knowing just what to ask and her not knowing all the details of your specific situation. Her first reaction to your questions was that without knowing your situation, plans, goals and ability, it would be hard to impossible to reply in any kind of helpful manner, simply because as people we are all different. This is not a “one size fits all” situation. First, I will start off with probably the best piece of information she told me about, that she thinks would help you the most. She suggested that you go to YouTube and put in the word “homesteading” or “homestead” and she said it will bring up a host of articles from homesteaders, in video form that can help you a lot. I’ll try to remember the things she talked about in regard to your questions, but I may miss a few just because my memory is not all that great. Her first reaction was one of uncertainty because there are as many different goals in homesteading as there are people. Any helpful answers will depend on you and your situation. Here are a few questions that need answers before anyone can help you: 1. Do you intend homesteading to be full time, permanent? 2. How will you finance this endeavor? 3. Do you work at a job? 4. Do you intend homesteading to produce income? 5. Have you considered doing only certain aspects of homesteading? Or incorporating parts of that lifestyle into your present lifestyle. 6. Do you have land already, or will it be purchased? Will it be just land, or land and house? 7. Are you married or do you intend to marry? (Important because it adds another person) 8. Do you have any experience with animals, or farming/gardening? 9. Do you have any building or other trade type skills? 10. Have you ever hunted or fished? Are you familiar with firearms? 11. Are you familiar with properly cleaning and taking care of meat, fish and vegetables? 12. Do you have any mechanical skills? 13. Do you have finances sufficient to hold you through building a lifestyle from the ground up, one project at a time? 14. How and where will you live until you can live at your homestead? 15. Have you thought to ask yourself why you want to do this? 16. Do you intend to heat with wood and have you ever used a chain saw, bow saw or ax, or cut and split wood? 17. Are you able to do hard, physical work? 18. Are you comfortable with living alone and not near other people? 19. How will you handle safety and personal protection issues? 20. Do you intend to be “off grid” and are you comfortable with the aspects of having no electricity, or alternate sources? 21. How will water requirements be addressed if you are off grid? 22. Are you familiar with alternate means of suppling water for your needs? The subject of homesteading is highly personal and unique to each person. It is about more than just “what animals are best to start with”. That question is totally dependent on your preferences and choices. What I might consider for animals may not interest you, or be something that you would even consider, want or need. Animals are only one small part of homesteading, if they are even considered or wanted at all. But if you do choose to have animals you have a lot to consider; not the least of which is what you want animals for. Before you can choose or even consider animals you should understand that you need a goal for even wanting them. For instance, do you want an animal for meat, milk, packing, as in carrying loads, protection, breeding to sell the young. Even then there is a lot to be considered, such as, initial cost, cost for feed, medicine, upkeep, housing, fencing, visits to the vet, the list goes on and on and none of it is cheap. My wife raised Nigerian Dwarf Goats, she had them for milk. One visit to the vet for a sick goat was $450, with nothing special done like surgery. Not knowing exactly what you want to do can be very costly in both time and money. You can spend a lot of both only to discover that either it didn’t work or it was the wrong thing, or you don’t want or need whatever it is. I think you need to do a lot of research and study before trying to make any kind of firm plans. As you can see from what I wrote, there is a lot to consider. I lived in Alaska for forty years and once considered homesteading, actually that was what I went there for. But for me it never happened for various reasons. I found that in Alaska many homesteaded with no intention to keep animals or gardens. They intended to live off of the land; a hard thing to do. I threw this in to show that there are many different types of homesteading, it just depends on the person and what thy want for their lives and their means. I hope this gives you something, or a lot to think about, because it can be a big undertaking.
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