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  1. Yes. That is exactly why I responded to the OP only. I probably shouldn't have replied to the question of what I would do as far as translating to a foreign language...I have no knowledge overall on the process. Please forgive me for responding inaccurately. I'm just a lil ole lady, striving to love the Lord with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
  2. I was responding to the OP, but it still stands for me that though I am not a linguist, I would still use a KJV (not "updated") to translate to the foreign language.
  3. My response to the OP: without question or doubt, no...to any "update". "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12). "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" (Is. 55:11). A thoughtful quote is: "Teachers may put good things into our heads, but it is God that can put them into our hearts, that can work in us both to will and to do."
  4. Dear man, when the Lord Jesus Christ gives opportunity to share Him, there's nothing that can "compare" to the work of the blessed Spirit! There are many, many ways to shine Him on aside from face to face!
  5. Aw...but if it were my appointed time, to have my body 6 feet under is nothing compared to being present with my Saviour! In the meantime, I shall do all I can to redeem the time desiring to glorify Him and to share the glory and grace of His gift of salvation with others.
  6. For maybe two or three days we had clear blue skies over the valley minus a "ribbon" of smoke coming from the south. It was wonderful to see sky again and be able to breathe fresh air. Then...as I left home to head to the place where I do volunteer work the sky was clear overhead--but a short while later that ribbon of smoke was once again beginning to blow in and saturate the valley with a thick, almost choking cloud. Visibility was less than a mile. I can't imagine what Jim_Alaska is going through. We surely ought to pray for him. One of the fires is due west of his location, though it is maybe about 30-40 miles or so from him (I think. Jim, you'll have to correct me if I have it incorrectly.) As a little girl I used to be proud to be from the "Golden" state, even though I live up in the north end of the state in the "boonies". My own kiddos were born and raised here, but have refused to come back to the state to live because of the many issues that plague it. Sadly, California just sets a "precedent" and so it seems that it's not long before other states slowly start following suit. It's not just California that is in trouble. The whole world seems to be reeling on its axis because of the wickedness of mankind. My heart is heavily burdened, but I am so glad that I have the Lord Jesus to help me bear the weight of it. My heart goes out to HIM because of how mankind is so greatly grieving Him. He has been so, soooo full of love and longsuffering and He has gifted us with so very many things. He gives us our breath to breathe and keeps the pulse of our hearts. He has created everything that we could ever need on this earth, and yet people don't believe that He IS...that He is Almighty and most Holy and Sovereign God! They are so lost. Heaven or hell are only one breath or one heartbeat away from us all...O how can they not see? Tears are flowing even as I type this...O that people would turn to Him, the Saviour, as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I think of all of the fires that are burning up California, and now burning in Oregon and Washington as well as other west coast areas--and I cry out to my Lord that the people that are facing the raging fires would understand that though devastating--are nothing compared to an eternity in the fire and brimstone of hell. Are all of these fires both warning AND opportunity from our most merciful God desiring that none would perish? Indeed, I cry out to the Lord that people would seek the Lord--and that I myself would everyday, every hour of every day, be a living and breathing testimony of God's love and grace and "Ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." (I Peter 3:15b). Though my heart is heavy with burden and grief, I've been hiding in my heart Ps 70:4, "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified". I am so glad that He is my stay and that He will keep me. Continuing to pray.... WWMS
  7. Sigh! Please consider the title of this thread, and ALL of my posts! Godly counsel for the heart is what I've been seeking; WISE counsel! Thank you to SureWord for your last post...I appreciate that you shared your own personal experience. It is time now for this thread to close. In a previous post I expressed that this matter has since been dealt with. One last request that I have is Proverbs 18:13 - "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him".
  8. Good morning to the last two posters! Indeed, it is a glorious morning in my neck of the woods! If you would please take your discussion concerning versions to another thread with that subject, it would be greatly appreciated. As I stated in the OP and then another time, this thread was started with the sincere desire asking for wise counsel about heart matters. Again I will say that I am fully persuaded about the versions issues...it' s not knowledge that I'm seeking, but rather wisdom (James 1:5) and counsel ("...multitude of counsellors...). Please see my last post. May you both have a blessed day; "praying without ceasing", praising Him all the day long, and seeking to bring glory to Him in all things.
  9. I would rather know the Word, than just to know about it. I would rather know the Lord Jesus Christ, than just to know about Him. I would rather seek knowledge followed by understanding, spiritual discernment, and wisdom...than just to count on Biblical intellect. I would rather not give precedence to time spent in the Word, but rather focus on a walk of faithfulness with a spirit of meekness in obedience to it. I would rather shew myself approved unto God, than to put on an air and a show for mankind. I would rather come to the light and have error exposed and reproved by His loving chastening, than to compromise with sin in the darkness. I would rather that the Lord's workmanship within me shine outwardly, than to "spit-shine" my appearance. I would rather follow after charity with the truth, than to sully it with contentiousness and unrighteous anger. I would rather face my needs head-on looking to Him for provision, than to attempt to compete with Him by looking to my own belly. I would rather that I feared and loved the Lord my God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength keeping Him as the "apple of my eye"...hoping to hear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant"...rather than to ever hear the words or to know that there is anything hindering my personal fellowship with my LORD that He could say, "I have somewhat against thee" (though He is referring to the churches in Revelation). I would rather to be continually and progressively conforming to His image, transformed by the renewing of my mind, and growing more and more into His likeness as His child. I would rather be fruitful to His glory as I learn and apply more and more of His ways and thoughts in my life, rather than to become stuck and stagnant and lukewarm. I would rather be peculiar, than to be common. I would rather measure, examine, and judge myself rightly and honestly by His Holiness, remembering that in and of myself I can do no good thing without Him. WWMS - O how I need Him....
  10. I have a few "tears" in my heart, yet a joyous smile on my face. First, I received some very godly counsel from my sister in Missouri concerning this matter. She goes to a little baptist church there that uses the KJV. Her suggestions were very simple, but also quite wise. Considering the things shared in this thread along with her thoughts truly gave me a peace. I have continued to pray about it all, but also truly cast the burden of it to the Lord, and have been waiting upon Him. (I just wanted to clarify that in the previous post that I made when speaking of James 1:4, I said a couple of times "TO ME..." because that is the way I take it - to me, why change a word that is easy to understand as is, to another word that is supposedly synonymous? Again, I'm very thankful to be fully persuaded about the KJV.) Just today, my husband was able to kindly and respectfully address the question to our pastor. There is no way that I can verbalize our pastor's response, but that is why I started this post as I did. I have a joyous smile because the Lord answered my prayers, but I am saddened by the pastor's response. Perhaps we are "marked and viewed" as "more staunch" about the KJV now, but we will not be contentious or divisive about it. Is this just the beginning of a "downward slide" (as Ukulelemike referred to it as)? O how I love the folks in our little church... I am so glad that the Lord knows my heart. James 1:5
  11. Thank you for sharing your knowledge; I appreciate it. I have a lot to learn! Bunches! I am, though, already fully persuaded concerning the version issues. I started this thread, however, seeking some godly and wise counsel concerning a right attitude and that which is pleasing and glorifying to the Lord - concerning heart matters. Thank you again to those who have made wise suggestions!
  12. Thank you, NN, it was kind of you to apologize and to be considerate - even though I was not at all offended. I certainly understand the passion behind standing on God's Word. I am always aware of John 1:1! Truly, if we were physically face to face with the Saviour would we have the audacity to basically "correct" His words to make them easier to understand? Perhaps that's not the best of illustrations because of the translation to English, but to me concerning the KJV, it is. Aren't people just trying to "bring God down to their level of understanding" rather than to trust and to be continually growing up in Him? Anyway, yes, I could go on and on for I too have a passion about fearing Him and desiring to be transformed more and more to His likeness, His way, His timing, and by His workmanship. My KJV has never failed me, and when I don't understand verses or passages, I ask Him to teach me what He wants me to understand and know; "...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, sayeth the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6b). We are still praying about our response to our pastor first seeking meekness (II Tim. 2:25). I know that the Lord will bring right thoughts and all utterance according to His purpose as we seek His will and way and avail ourselves to Him. Even as I sit here thinking of all of this, I'm just so saddened. Perhaps if the Lord leads any to post some scripture about how to handle compromise with a right heart, it would truly be helpful. Thank you again, NN.
  13. Alan, Thank you so very much for the suggestion of the book! It sounds like a good one. I would have to look, but we may even have that book. We have several books about the differences in versions. It's amazing the subtleties and changes that are made. It's all so very "crafty" and sly and deceitful. In my heart, I want to focus so much on what my KJV says, that it's so much easier to recognize what it does not say. That is how over the months I was able to at least get "red flags" especially on the verses I had memorized. That Sunday that it finally grabbed my attention, I recognized a verse that the Pastor read that I had memorized among many back in the 80's when I was homeschooling our kiddos. That particular verse was James 1:4 - "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." The NKJV uses the word "lacking" (or a form of that) instead of "wanting". To me, that was a significant difference. "Lacking nothing" to me, means there could be more - while "wanting nothing" means that it's "perfect and entire"! Again, Alan, thank you so very much for suggesting the book!! I truly appreciate it. To the others discussing the differences in versions, it's all good - but what I really need is counsel on - is how to have godly integrity/attitude in my heart first, in my mind/thoughts, and in my words/behaviours concerning a response to our pastor. I am accountable to God first for every word that proceeds out of my mouth for He knows every thought and intent in my heart. I greatly desire to be pleasing to Him, and that whatsoever I do, that I do it to His glory! We love our pastor and each member of the congregation and so anything that we should say or do, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal" (I Cor. 13:1). I respect our pastor greatly, for it's easy to see that He loves the Lord. I'm hurt and disappointed, but I love him as my brother in the Lord, as well as the others. I don't want to in turn hurt or disappoint them by my response. Overall, I am looking to the Author and Finisher of my faith...WWMS
  14. Thank you for your comment. I'm so very delighted in my KJV, and indeed the blessed Spirit is the most Holy and perfect teacher of it. Truly, it leaves me "wanting nothing".
  15. Thank you Alan, Ukulelemike, and gracelife for your responses. We are incorporating your thoughts into our prayers as we continue to seek the Lord's guidance. I gave a somewhat shortened version of the situation...I would venture to say that probably the majority of the congregation uses a different version other than the KJV. A few years ago, a fellow was chosen to teach Sunday School who uses another version. We have yet to see an updated copy of the church's statement of faith, and we usually don't attend the business meetings, so we don't know if it was decided that the NKJV was deemed acceptable. Sigh...I just can't help but to rehearse Jeremiah 17:9 in my heart and mind as I am seeing that "sliding down the slope slowly" as you mentioned, Mike. Many years ago a lawyer friend of ours was adamant about our church using the KJV. This friend also worked with the CLA traveling around the country defending churches. There's just such a history there that we truly want to tread very wisely...and to respond in our hearts first with what is glorifying to our precious God. Yes...we certainly will consider all of your suggestions, and again I thank you for them. (Gracelife, thank you for suggesting listening to other preachers, and indeed we already listen to several.)
  16. For a number of months during the messages at our little local church, I've been silently quoting a verse here and there that I'd memorized and found that I was off a word or two; so I thought. I didn't think that much about it because I figured that the Pastor was just quoting only part of the verse and continuing on with the message. It didn't even cross my mind until this morning as we were listening to our pastor giving the message on our church's radio station. He read a verse....one that I know very well...and I was flabberghasted! I quickly got on the cell and for some reason chose the NKJV to compare to and it what it said.....and that is exactly what the Pastor was reading from. In all honesty, I was just so disappointed and grieved that I simply couldn't even listen to the rest of the message. We have a copy of the Statement of Faith from 2005, and it says very clearly that the King James Version is the church's "official" version. I am so sad. The closest church that uses the KJV is at least 85 miles away - one way. Years ago we actually used to drive that far to go to church...but now that we are seniors, we simply can't go through all of the weather and the distance to go that far. Our church was the only church in our area that uses the KJV...and now...they don't. Please, if any of you can just give some counsel to help us with this situation it would be greatly appreciated. We know that this little church is the one that we have to stick with; that's just the way it is. What we need counsel for is how to deal with the disappointment and sadness in a godly way...and how to keep our attitude in check. The pastor at the church that we used to travel so far to - once said in one of his messages how important it is that we don't "browbeat" others about the KJV, but to remember that they probably just haven't been educated about it. I realize that sometimes just the simple truth with respect and honor, wisdom and meekness...is all that we can respond with. However, I believe that if that is to happen, that it needs to be my husband that follows through with that. Sigh...of course, we will be seeking the Lord's counsel overall... A very interesting verse that came to mind was Ps 138:2, "I will worship toward thy hold temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." Looking forward to your responses...WWMS
  17. Dear Any Godly Pastor Dear 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! WWMS
  18. Still on the other side of Mt. Shasta from you, Jim....the same area that UkuleleMike used to live years ago. We're pretty close to being right in the middle between where Mike is now, and where you are.
  19. PastorMatt and Jim...we were members of Shasta Baptist Church in the late '80's. We drove over 80 miles one way to faithfully attend through the heat of summer and the snow and freezing cold of winter. If I remember rightly, the church had been established only two years prior to our joining them. Pastor J baptized a couple of our kiddos before they even had their own building. He also used to call us, "The people that live on the mountain". We still have good friends that attend there.
  20. Thank you both for your responses! Both of you referred to the book of Proverbs, which I also referred my friend to. Even though this gal is a bit younger in the Lord than I am, she has an amazing love for Him. She greatly desires to not only be in obedience to the Lord and His will, but also to glorify and please Him with her whole situation. It was such a blessing to literally watch the Spirit working in her heart. At the beginning of our conversation her voice was wavering and there were tears in her eyes from fresh hurt. She does not use a KJV, but watching the transformation in her demeaner from hearing verses and portions of verses from the KJV was awesome (Heb. 4:12). I could just see the weight of burden lifting from her and see peace enveloping her as her hope in the Lord was renewed yet again. You're right, Alan...about how powerful the tongue is. James 3:4 & 5 - "Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. * Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" Thank you for your thoughts and desire to give wise counsel. Dave...thank you for sharing about your own personal situation. It sounds like I have a similar response as your wife. I feel protective too when others are "attacked" without cause. I did the best I could to encourage my friend and to remind her how in His time, the Lord brings things around. When one's light (as in Matt. 5:16) shines before men then like is says in John 3:21...then "...His deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God". I surely agree that if we honour and serve the Lord the best we can, then the Lord will protect us and the truth will become obvious and will prevail.
  21. I was truly seeking scriptural counsel from a "multitude of counsellors," but I love how the Lord gives all utterance as THE Counsellor! A dear friend who is not only saved but obviously loves the Lord has been dealing with some very hurtful family issues. She has moved from the area but her siblings (doubtful that they are saved) have been openly gossipping and falsely accusing her to others locally. It is a grievous situation as we live in a very rural area. My friend was back doing some business and visiting for the day and a mutual friend informed her about the bad-mouthing that was continuing. With tears my friend sought counsel from me and the Lord truly helped me to give her an encouraging response. However, Proverbs speaks three times about a multitude of counsellors, and so I would be grateful for any scriptural counsel offered here still.
  22. When gossip and false accusations tarnish a testimony what does the Lord say is a wise response?
  23. I actually have the songbook "SONGS of John R. Rice". We aren't that far away and so if it would be helpful to you, I might be able to mail it to you.
  24. I have very mixed feelings when I get a new Bible. I absolutely love my Bibles and I have notes all over the place and verses underlined with emphasized markings. The Bible is so exciting and I love how it teaches me knowledge, and by the Spirit I glean understanding! I still have the little KJV New Testament that I was given as a very little girl, and then a KJV Bible with both testaments...and my name engraved into the leather-made cover. Just think! The Word is God-breathed! It's alive and powerful (Heb. 4:12). It is God speaking to US! I recently wrote a little piece that I entitled "Are We Paying Attention?" Are we paying attention when we open up our Bibles and read from them? Do we truly understand that God is talking to us? He's not just talking to the saints of old...but to you and to me...today! Wow! Anyway...I'm sorry that I go on sometimes, but His Word is just so marvelous and so sweet, so full of instruction and comfort and light! So...though I have mixed feelings when I get a new Bible it is still a joy because I know that what I've hidden in my heart is still there and there's all the more opportunity to learn and to grow more and more. What a treasure God's Word is to us!!
  25. "Bug" at a nearby state park. Anyone know what kind of "bug" it is?
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