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AdamL last won the day on June 3 2018

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  1. Thank you for your thoughts on this and for providing Pastor Markle's study in 2 and 3 John. I will definitely take a look.
  2. I get what you are saying. I have had the same thought as well. So would you say it is probably just a Christian lady being addressed and the Apostle John also knows her sister?
  3. I was wondering if anyone had thoughts as to who the elect lady and her children are in II John. At the end of the book the Apostle John also mentions her elect sister and her children. I have two thoughts.... 1. A Christian woman and her children and her biological sister that is also saved or another sister in Christ and her children. 2. Both local churches with their respective congregations. A strictly literal reading would lead more towards option 1. However, Christians are often referred to as children in Scripture, and the church is referred to as a woman, although a chaste virgin that could lead towards option 2. If you have another option or something I haven't thought of let me know what you think.
  4. Please pray for people lost and deceived by the Mormon cult. My wife and I just finished witnessing to 3 mormons, 2 are their female missionaries and the other was a male member of their congregation they brought along with them. My wife and I met with the 2 girls last week as well. During the conversation we had the girls were getting noticably upset when I would ask them to show me what they believed in the Scriptures. When a topic would come up and I would turn and read a passage from Scripture they would recoil from it. The guy they brought with them, who was a former missionary, said he would like to talk again but the girls said they did not think they could talk to us anymore. Most people do not waste their time with Mormons. My grandfather was LDS and died believing he was off to become a god of his own planet. I know first hand the destruction their cult can cause. They are lost souls that need Jesus Christ.
  5. Thank you for your thoughts. So if a man in your church came to you and he desired to plant churches in Zimbabwe but he was married to a divorced woman how would you advise him? Would the circumstances of the divorce matter?
  6. Do you believe that a missionary needs to meet the qualifications listed in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1? If the missionary is not going to be a church planter but work in a support role (pilot, Bible institute instructor, etc) would that make a difference? If a missionary was married to a divorced woman but had never been divorced himself how would you handle that? Would that disqualify him according to I Timothy 3 and Titus? If so how? Would the circumstances behind the wife's divorce matter?
  7. Unfortunately that is what happens when parents do not take the education of their children seriously. When our children are turned over to the state for indoctrination what else do we expect? I went to public school. I didn't get saved until I was an adult. Evolution was ingrained in my mind as a fact. Even though I didn't really understand it I just accepted it as true. After I got saved the first time I heard a pastor preach about young earth creationism I was looking around the auditorium wondering if anyone else was as confused and shocked as I was. It took a lot of time for the Word to sink in and break down those strongholds.
  8. I appreciate your response Pastor Markle. I agree with what you said and as you continue to point out that those issues are not exclusive to Millennials but have been an issue for humanity for generations. Men have been leaving God in pursuit of the world for as long as we have existed. I was trying to share something from my personal experience that may effect Millennials specifically as opposed to everyone. As you stated I do not know you personally and no very very little about the ministry Christ has given you. All I can ask of each of us, myself included, is that we live for the Lord not in word and deed only but with our whole hearts. That is the only way our love and faith can be expressed genuinely, if our whole heart is turned over to the Lord. I believe that our true pursuit of the Lord and holiness will lead to dealing with true matters of the heart and less on cheap exterior window dressing.
  9. I have thought about if/how I should respond to this post. I have decided that I will. I have to respectfully disagree with what you have said here Pastor Markle. While what you say is true it is not exclusive to the Millennial generation. Christian's of all ages groups act this way, senior citizens to children. Although I hate to admit it but depending on what source you consult I am often found belonging to the Millennial generation. I was born in 1984. My answer is my opinion so you can take it or leave it but this is what I believe... This generation is one of the first generations to have access to almost unlimited information at the drop of a hat. Any question they have or any issue they want to research can be done so at anytime. With that being said when they ask a question a canned, surface level response often times will not suffice for them. When they press the issue and try to get a more thorough response they are accused of questioning authority. So they get shut down, mad, and offended. What often times began as sincere questioning turns into anger and frustration and a belief that their elders and church leadership don't know what they are talking about. I believe easy believism has played a big role in this because many of our churches are full of these types of people that don't have a real relationship with Jesus Christ, they are followers of men. Followers of men can't answer spiritual questions. Those people don't study the Scriptures and don't know how to study the Scriptures and sadly many of our churches don't teach people how to study the Scriptures. Many sermons preached are a verse or a part of a verse taken out of context and then 3-5 ideas the preacher came up with to support their removed from context launching point. That is shallow amateurism at best and fraudulent and deceptive at worst. I have heard this type of thing defended and justified many times. When the goal of the door to door "soulwinner" is the same as a Kirby vaccum salesman we have a serious problem. They only thing they are after is getting someone to repeat the sinner's prayer. Then declare the person saved to the church. If it is then questioned why that person never comes to church and doesn't want follow up visits the normal response is "well they were just after fire insurance". There is no such thing as fire insurance. When a person is born again they receive the gift of eternal life by grace through faith, the indwelling of the Spirit of God, and a new heart, all of which results in a drastically changed life. When these things don't happen and repeated excuses are made to down play it people will take note and question it, then the cycle from above repeats. To sum it all up I believe many Millennials want to see genuine people and be able to ask genuine questions and get genuine answers. I believe that often times we fail to be able to do that. It is easy to point the finger at Millennials and say they are the problem and all they are interested in is deifying themselves. It is much harder to look in the mirror and say I have failed to share the message of Christ in a genuine way and make myself available to those that need Christ and need to grow in His grace. The deification of man has been happening for thousands of years, it is not something new...
  10. I have been teaching through Mark for the last 2 years. We just finished chapter 12 this past Sunday. Unfortunately because of my duties in the Navy I will be starting work ups for deployment in a few weeks so the class is being passed off to another teacher. With the couple weeks I have left I didn't want to start chapter 13 and not be able to finish so I am going to use my remaining time to go through Philemon. If I get the opportunity to teach again on a regular basis I would like to do I and II Thessalonians.
  11. I go to church with the Vice President of Baptist Missions to Forgotten People. I have asked him many many questions about the board he is a part of and about missions in general. I personally think it is a very personal choice and something you must pray about and decide what works best for you. I have another friend that is a missionary in Papua New Guinea and he didn't use a board at all. He is sent out of his local church and Central Missionary Clearinghouse handles his support. That is what works best for him and his family. I don't think there is any one right way to do deputation and handle your support. Each family is different and has different needs. If you would like me to put you in touch with the Vice President or the pre field administrator at BMFP let me know.
  12. I am assisting my Pastor with organizing a missions conference at our church for October of 2019. We do not have an exact date in October yet but I will update when more information comes available. The church is Heavenly Heights Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. We are looking at doing a Wednesday through Sunday Conference. My pastor is communicating with Dr. Burge the President of Baptist Missions to Forgotten People to be the keynote speaker. I am looking to see if anyone here is or can recommend missionaries that are interested in being a part of the conference. I am looking for missionaries on deputation and veterans that are home in furlough. We have spots for 4 missionaries and all would have the opportunity to preach and share their ministry. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested or if you have someone you would like to recommend that you may be able to put me in contact with. I appreciate all the help and support.
  13. What law are we supposed to measure ourselves against? Thou shalt not kill? If it doesn't have fins and scales it is an abomination? Not wearing garmets of divers sort? Sin offerings? Temple worship? Sabbath keeping? Not coveting? Or are we to pick and choose which laws we decide are moral laws and follow those? Is there a verse that tells me what laws I am to follow as a born again believer? Are there verses upon verses that tell me to be led by the Spirit? Pastor Markle mentioned Romans 8:4 and said that we would be led to fulfill the righteousness of the law... Christ fufilled the law and His righteousness is applied to us. Verse 4 is a continuation of verse 3. It doesn't say I will be led to fulfill the law it says Christ came to condemn sin in the flesh and fufill righteousness in those that walk after the Spirit because the law could not do that. I have standards and I have personal convictions for myself and my family. But those are mine and not to be forced on anyone else or put up as a test of fellowship for others. If I know a brother chooses to not eat pork and he comes to my house for a meal I won't make pulled pork sandwiches out of respect for him, even though I have no problem eating pork. I wear a suit and tie to church, my wife and daughter always where skirts or dresses unless doing something where it would not be appropriate or safe. I am not going to tell someone else what their wife and daughter should wear, if they want to wear pants that is between them and God, it has nothing to do with me. If a brother has no problem watching R rated action movies that is between him and God it has nothing to do with me. I met a man that was considered one of the best bus captains in my area. He came and preached at my church. He said the entire time he was running his bus route he was not saved and addicted to cocaine. Others came to him for advice and training on how to improve their bus routes. Everyone thought he was the greatest soul winner and Christian the whole while he is snorting massive amounts of cocaine and high as a kite. Praise God that He got ahold of this man's heart and saved him and now uses him in a RU ministry. I believe we should allow people to grow in God's grace and not demand they follow a bunch of made up rules. Is there a verse in the Bible that says you can't go to the movie theater? Since there isn't I can't forbid anyone from going. I could decide that I have a personal conviction for myself and my family that we won't go to the movies and if someone asks I can explain why I hold that conviction and they can take it and make up their own mind about it. Christ fufiled the law. The law brought me to Christ and now I am under Him. I will be a living sacrifice to Him. If he requires me to place myself under the law I will but I don't see anywhere that He has done that. He has told me to love God and love my neighbor and to be a witness for Him. I see multiple places in Scripture where the Holy Spirit inspired the author to tell the people that they are not under the law but under grace. He didn't give them a license to do whatever they wanted but to represent God who saved them.
  14. I am thinking very hard about how to respond to you and ensure I get my point across and use the correct language to do so. In Galatians 3:19-25 Paul explains the purpose of the law. The law cannot bring righteousness only faith in Christ can. The law is a schoolmaster to bring me to Christ, once I am under Christ I am no longer under the schoolmaster. In Acts 15 when the gentiles were told they had to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses Peter responded by asking why they would be put under a yoke that their fathers nor them could bear. It was determined that believers did not need to keep the law. As I stated already if I am loving God with everything and loving my neighbor as myself I have done what Christ what Christ has asked. When we put ourselves under the law we must then ask what law? We then divide the law up into different sections such as ceremonial, sacrificial, dietary, moral, etc. Then say that the moral law applies but the rest doesn't. Then we make following the moral law and whatever else we determine falls under that matters of personal holiness. We have added moral standards of dress and personal conduct to the moral law we have put ourselves under. A Christian cannot go to the movies because Hollywood is evil or because someone may see us and get the idea that we were watching something we shouldn't have been. But many Christians will wait and watch the movies on Netflix or Redbox or by some other means in their home. If women will bring their pants to the church we will exchange them for skirts and burn the pants. We could go on and on. But just because someone looks the part and can act the part for the 2-4 hours you may see them on a Sunday doesn't mean anything. They can still be lost and look like the best Christian we have ever seen. God establishes holiness not us. God makes us holy not us. God keeps us holy not us. The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
  15. Jim and Pastor Markle, I appreciate both your posts. I do not believe I have mis defined or mis combined anything here. The Bible is clear that the law and the commandement is good, holy, and just (Rom 7:12). But the purpose of the law is not to make one righteous, the law cannot bring life only death. The law shows you where you fail. Galatians 3 clearly shows that the law is not of faith and the things we should be doing are by faith not by the law. If you want to go under the law you are bound to it in it's entirety. You can't pick and choose which parts of the law you will apply and which parts you will ignore. You are bound to all of the law. If you think you can live up to it, good luck, I know I can't. I never said that being under grace meant you are free to do anything you want. I Corinthians 6:19-20 clearly say we were bought with a price and I belong to God so I am to glorify Him in my body and spirit. I owe absolutely everything to Christ. Romans 12:1-2 says I am to be a living sacrifice because it is my reasonable service. The entire chapter of Romans 6 talks about sinning willing after we have received grace and how ridiculous it is. But nowhere in any of that does it say you now need to keep the law or have certain man made standards to stay right with God. In John 14:15 Jesus said if ye love me, keep my commandments. I think Jesus explained exactly what those commandments are in Matthew 22:36-40 on those two things (Loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind and loving your neighbor (everyone) as your self) hang all the law and the prophets. If you can love God with everything in you and love ever person you come in contact with as yourself you will have done what Jesus asked you to do. That is something a lost person cannot do. They cannot love God. I can get a lost person to wear a suit and tie to church, I can get a lost person to go soulwinning, I can get a lost person to not drink alcohol or look at pornography, but a lost person will never love God. A lost person will not understand the Scriptures. And a lost person cannot be led by the Holy Spirit or discern the voice of God. But they can most certainly do all those other "standards" that we hold ourselves to. This may be a poor example but I am going to use it anyway. The Bible talks a lot about vessels. So for arguments sake say before I got saved I was a clay cup. When God saved me he made me a golden chalice. He changed the very being if who I am and but Himself in me to make me something completely different. When that happened it could never be improved upon. The only thing I can do now is make the cup dirty or try to improve it myself. I can sin and fill the cup with sewer water and muddy the outside but only God can clean it and make it what it is supposed to be again. I can try to improve upon it by putting bedazzled jewels on it or coloring a pretty picture on it but all I can do is make it look cheap and gaudy. God made it perfect and He can continue to cleanse it and purify it but when He saved me He made me holy. So how do we be that city on the hill and the light of the world? Share Christ with everyone. Share the joy of our salvation with everyone. Share the fact that we actually have a life worth living with everyone. There is finally a purpose. Never hide or be ashamed of who you are. You are an ambassador for Christ. You are His representative here on Earth and He is living through you leading and guiding you.
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