Jim_Alaska reacted to Ukulelemike in Divorce, Re-Marriage, Adultery, and the Ministry
I have long disagreed with the view that a divorced man is disqualified to be a pastor. The idea comes from the phrase "The husband of one wife" He is to be the husband of one wife. I get that and I agree with it. However, does that reference divorce? If so, then it must also refence a widower, for in both cases, they are married to only one wife, but they HAD been married to another wife at one time.
In the question of divorce, it would be dependent upon, I suppose, the circumstances of the divorce. As Jesus said, fornication, (not adultery), is the acceptable reason for divorce, so in such a case, the man should be free to both remarry and pastor a church. In other cases, we see Paul speak about if a believer is married to an unbeliever, and the unbeliever departs, let them depart, the believer is not under bondage, (bonds of marriage) to them. Therefore, that man should be free to both remarry and be a pastor.
After I had accepted the call to preach, but well before I became a pastor, my wife left me, (an unbeliever), not wanting anything to do with that life. I wonder, when God called me, was He surprised that happened? No, He knew, and I believe it was part of that call, because she would not have been conducive to that work. No different than when Ezra commanded the Israelites to divorce the strange women they'd married while in captivity.
Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Alan in Easter / Resurrection Service
I do not pastor a church, but I would sincerely hope that most, if not all, IFB churches, would continue on with business as usual. Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Acts 5:29 (KJV) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
The governments, both Federal and local are themselves breaking the supreme law of the land, The Constitution of The United States of America, which states:
Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIAmendment IAmendment IIAmendment IIIAmendment IVAmendment VAmendment VIAmendment VIIAmendment VIIIAmendment IXAmendment XAmendment XIAmendment XIIAmendment XIIIAmendment XIVAmendment XVAmendment XVIAmendment XVIIAmendment XVIIIAmendment XIXAmendment XXAmendment XXIAmendment XXIIAmendment XXIIIAmendment XXIVAmendment XXVAmendment XXVIAmendment XXVII "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I remind the reader, as well as government of the response of Daniel, when the King made a law stating that no one would be allowed to pray to their God:
Daniel 6:10 (KJV) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Jim_Alaska got a reaction from wretched in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
There is a lot of misinformation, fear and panic mongering and irrational response to the Corona-19 Virus, on a worldwide scale, never seen before. Our Bibles warn us that times like these will come shortly before the return of Jesus.
I am providing the following link to a video for informational purposes only. I cannot endorse this man and have no idea of his religious standing. So I provide this solely for informational purposes. It is always wise to hear all the information available, rather than just a one sided, agenda driven account.
Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Alan in Jehovah's Witness
That's probably because they are not rude/sarcastic BroMatt. Jesus was firm in His denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees and their legalistic doctrines, as well as their rejection of Him.
But then again, I am not Robycop, so I should probably bow out and let him explain if he can.
Jim_Alaska reacted to Ukulelemike in Separation over doctrine.
When dealing with the difference between 'God sovereignly decided, before the foundations of time, who would be saved and who would go to hell', and then commands them ALL to be saved or go to hell' as opposed to 'whosoever will', THAT is doctrine-in fact, it covers a few doctrines, like the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ, whether man has free will to choose to follow or reject, and such. That is doctrine.
Jim_Alaska reacted to robycop3 in Jehovah's Witness
Few years ago, had a coupla Mor(m)ons come to the door, a coupla not-so-pretty young women. I showed'em, from my anti-Mor9m) on kit, some skinny about their two big kahoonas, Joey Smith & Brigand Young. And I asked them to compare their "Joseph Smith KJV with a REAL KJV that'd been around long before Joey was. And, of course, I showed 'em the Gospel. And I advised them about some homes in my 'hood to avoid, such as my next-door neighbor, who had 5 pit bulls inside his fence, and a dope house a coupla blox away.
And I said, not wanting to be a male chauvinist, but there were other places around here that young women should not go on their own. Cultists or not, I wanted no harm to come to them, and who knows whether the HOLY SPIRIT caused the Gospel to take root in them? However, I've not had a JW or Mor(m)on come to my door for a few years now.
Jim_Alaska reacted to Alan in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
"Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
Yes, 360Watt is correct.
Some churches are sitting farther apart in the sanctuary, some are assembling outside on chairs, some churches are meeting in drive-in theatres, some have loudspeakers on the outside of the church, some are creative in other areas, some have put up a tent; but all are assembling.
Have you noticed that all of the news media are focusing on only Christian churches in the religious realm. Not one word, at least on the main media, or on the front page, is focused on what the Muslims, or Buddhist temples, are told to do. Only the churches, so it seems, is forced into an internet setting. the politicians, as a whole, will not mention putting any restrictions on the Muslims nor the Buddhist Temples.
It almost seems like the politicians are forcing churches, or bullying, or intimidating, churches to go on a online setting. Do you know that a lot of small churches cannot afford an church web site? do you know how much money a website costs to start? to maintain? Or, they are fearful of Facebook? I do not care for Facebook nor neither do a lot of other saints care for Facebook. I am not against Facebook, nor any other technological setting, but folks are using the internet to forsake the assembling together and the politicians are using the virus situation to force, or bully, or intimidate, churches from assembling.
I did create a YouTube Channel, and a website for our church in Taiwan, and am now in the process of creating another website for my books, So, I am not against these technological advances for the ministry; but, I do not want that to replace the saints "gathering together."
Jim_Alaska reacted to Alan in Social Distancing
My wife and I, driving down the road the other day, observing the speed limit, albeit sitting close 👩❤️👨 together (we are still in love 💞), when I was stopped by the local Mayor (in these trying times the local officials, governors, etc... make the rules), and he gave me a ticket, and a scolding, for not enough distance between my wife and I!
Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Alan in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
WW, if weather cooperates how about doing an outside service. With folding chairs you could keep the required separation distances. Just a thought. if I were in that situation I would even endure bundling up clothes wise to sit through an hour long service.
Jim_Alaska reacted to HappyChristian in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
So we have our stay-at-home as ww stated above. I do find it interesting that churches are shuttered and yet pot shops and liquor stores are deemed essential. It was explained to me that it's because hospitals can't deal with addicts going into withdrawal. sigh
I don't know what we'll be doing tonight, but hubs is thinking of something. It won't be church-wide as we don't have the set up for that (nor do most of our members).
Jim_Alaska reacted to weary warrior in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
I agree with your approach. Below is a copy-and-paste of the posting I just put on our church facebook page.
"We are continuing to have our regular scheduled services during this trying time, as our numbers are well below the threshold recommended. However, we will be not be meeting after the service for our weekly church-wide Sunday dinner until further notice.
All of life is a balance. And we get in trouble when we get out of balance in one direction or another. God is not a God of fear, and those who live a life of faith need to fear nothing. We believe that God will lead us through the storms that we must face, and around the storms he does not intend for us.
However, this does not excuse heedless recklessness. We are commanded all the way back in Exodus, in the 10 commandments, to not tempt God. One of Satan's temptations of Christ in the New Testament was just that, to do something physically foolish and expect the Father to rescue him. Jesus' response was to quote that commandment "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God".
So we, as Christians, must follow this path in life. We do not live a life dictated by fear, but nor do continue in arrogant, religious foolishness to stubbornly continue on a path that is unwise, and tempts the Lord our God.
Be secure, be sane and love God."
Jim_Alaska reacted to PastorMatt in How to Be the Church When We Can’t Meet at Church
We have not cancelled our services as of yet. I encouraged our members last night to watch our midweek service on our live stream, instead we had a larger than normal crowd by far and we did not do some pickups. Granted we are a church plant so its not like we had hundreds of people.
I know I'll probably get ridiculed for having the doors open at this time, but we are taking precautions and just doing what we believe God is telling us to do at this time.
I will not criticize any pastor that closes the doors and goes online only during this time. I believe they are doing what they feel is God telling them what to do, that's the nice thing about being Independent.
Jim_Alaska reacted to WellWithMySoul in Dear Any Godly Pastor
Dear Any Godly Pastor
I am old enough to be your mom! However! I'm NOT too old and I don't have so much more experience in life that I cannot continue to learn. What a blessing it is to hear the instruction of the Word. I have not grown so strong, so knowledgeable, or so wise that I no longer need comfort, encouragement, edification, exhortation, admonition, reproof, rebuke, and correction in righteousness.
You see - it never gets old or tiresome to hear the Word with listening ears, ready to receive with an open heart, a message that the Lord has filled your heart with to preach. I sincerely believe that every Spirit-filled message is for me to hear as I run my race hungering and thirsting after righteousness; for I ought to pay attention to every word that has proceeded out of the mouth of God. God's Words and instructions are all given in the best interests of my heart.
Pastor, it's a thing of awe to know that each week, though unseen by me, the Lord is preparing, teaching, convicting, and guiding you with messages of truth - that our God wants you to impart to our precious little church. The messages that the Spirit gives, are so very vital to the encouragement that I need, as I desire to walk with Him so as I ought to walk.
What a joy it is, Pastor, to empty ourselves of ourselves, that the Lord can fill our hearts with exactly what we need and when we need it. I've learned to recognize that selfishness fills me with misery, and a void of contentment. Pride has a way of chewing me up and spitting me out and trampling me under my very own feet. It is futile to do anything in and of myself - ooooooh, how great a thing it is to welcome the instruction from His Word which indeed brings joy and peace, love and contentment!
Long ago when my children were but babes, I kept a diary of heartfelt thoughts for them. I dearly wanted to encourage them to come to the understanding that it is wise to accept instruction, and to welcome it along with any discipline necessary, as a means of protection all the days of our lives. I wanted them to see that the Word itself, Jesus, was given to us coupled with any chastisement, because He loves us - and that He truly is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. So long ago, I wanted my children to begin to understand the importance that correction in righteousness is. For the sake of simplicity and illustration at the time, any godly reproof that we may be the recipients of - could be pictured as like going down a narrow road with precipices on either side, but that the Word of God is as "bumpers or guard rails" that help keep us from "derailing and going off track". I wanted them to understand the importance of living in obedience to the Word with a broken and contrite spirit and heart, and that by so-doing, keeps us on our toes, aware, alert, and with the desire striving to grow in Him in progressive sanctification.
Pastor, I pray for you all throughout the week - I suppose like a momma would pray for her son. I pray that the Lord would teach you just what you need to know, with the love and power needed, in order to impart to us what He has given to you. I pray that you are filled with His Spirit as you study, as you learn, and as you prepare to preach to us. I cannot articulate the words to describe the blessing and joy it is to hear you preach; for it is easy to lose sight of you, the man preaching, and see that is is Christ through you speaking to me. I praise the Lord for your sensitivity to the Spirit, and your active fear of the Lord. It's a wondrous thing to see your testimony of pure religion; blameless, spotless, and without wrinkle.
I'm sure that you must get discouraged at times, when it seems that the congregation is dull of hearing, and it's difficult to see lives being transformed. Surely there must be times that you would throw your hands up with the feelings of despair and burden. But, Pastor! When those times come, please remind yourself that there's a little ole lady - pretty much unseen, doesn't fit in with most of the others, but is doing the very best possible to be attentive to the Spirit working - being available and desiring to receive the Word and that it would pierce my heart. I'm so very glad that though I may be "nobody" on this earth, that I am yet still very much "somebody" to my Saviour! I desperately need to hear from my God, and I am so glad and joyous that you are availing yourself to Him as a vessel meet for His use.
Carry on, Pastor, carry on! In serving Him, you serve us. Someone once so wisely said that - "A good leader is first a good follower of God". Continue to take up your cross and walk on in Him. The "momentum" in Him, lightens the heaviness that a man of God, a man after God's own heart, is so often burdened with. Just think! By God's mercies, we have the privilege, blessing, pleasure, and joy to present ourselves as living sacrifices because of our love for Him; yes - holy and acceptable unto God. It truly is reasonable for us to give ourselves, losing ourselves, and to reciprocate our love to Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength! God is love, and so to know love, is to know God.
Please be encouraged, Pastor, and carry on!
Jim_Alaska got a reaction from PastorMatt in Announcement of impending physical death
Thank you for this update Rebecca. Although this announcement is sad in many respects, it is also a reassurance that Ronda is now in the loving presence of her Lord and Savior. Free from pain and the ravages of this life, she is now living the life we all look forward to and actually able to at last realize the promises that God has made. I, for one am thankful for her life as well as her dedication, perseverance, love, and willingness to share her faith and life's work with others. Her writings were always a blessing to me.
Jim_Alaska reacted to OLD fashioned preacher in Coronavirus - Is your church taking any measures?
That can get you labeled Anti-government, anti-public safety, paranoid, extremist, cultist, anti- Rom 13, rebel, etc.
btw - not only do I understand that none of the above would be an accurate assessment——-my wife and I also agree with you!!!!!!!!
Jim_Alaska reacted to Ukulelemike in Grace abounds
The great thing about Jesus' forgiveness and grace, is that the ENTIRE work has already been finished, long before you ever knew the Saviour. On the cross, Jesus paid for ALL sin, and when you came to Him in repentance of your sin, and sought to be forgiven and saved, ALL that forgiveness was applied to ALL your sin, past, present and future.
But let's deal with your prayer issue for a moment, since that seems at the center of your concern.
I suspect it isn't quite as bad as you believe it to be, because the Lord IS faithful to answer prayer. Now, why might He NOT answer prayer? Well, (and mind you, I make no judgments on you because I know nothing of your life), the Lord won't answer our prayers if we are dwelling in sin, if there is unrepented-of sin in our lives. David says "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" So it is important that we see any sin dealt with as soon as we know it is there. And will God forgive every one, even if we go to Him time and again? Absolutely! "If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin..." Remember, Jesus told Peter and His disciples that if our brother sins against us and repents, we are to forgive them, even to 70x7 times, each day! If we take that literally, it is 490 times each day, we are to forgive one another, so if the Lord expects us sinners to be that forgiving, how much MORE does HE forgive?
Second, if a man doesn't treat his wife right, the Lord won't hear his prayers. 1Pe 3:7 "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." So if there are issues in your marriage you're not seeing to in a godly manner, it will hinder your prayers.
Finally, if we ask outside of His will, we can depend that it will not be answered, or not in the affirmative.
And of course, make sure your salvation! Are you certain you're saved? What is your salvation testimony? There are many who believe themselves to be saved, who are trusting the wrong things, and are not saved. So make sure there first.
As for a job, it may be you will need to go somewhere where there is a job available. Or maybe the Lord has a ministry He wants you for, and you haven't submitted to His will on that, but are running away, maybe thinking yourself not worthy, not ready-I was there, and yes, my jobs suffered when I ran. When you are asking from God, consider first, What are you doing for God?
Again, none of this is meant to be critical, judgmental or anything, because I don't know anything about your life-I am just going to basic biblical principles and hoping maybe something helps.