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Brother Stafford

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Brother Stafford last won the day on September 9 2018

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  • Birthday 01/01/1900

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  1. I have just started receiving promotional emails from "Church Bible Publishers" (CBP). They had a promotion, recently, that said that for every bible a customer purchases, they will donate a bible to someone who needs it; or something like that. I was going to purchase a few of the same item number that I have already purchased from "Local Church Bible Publishers" (LCBP), thinking that they were the same ministry. However, when I searched for the item number (on the sticker in the front of my bible), it didn't show any results. I thought this very odd. Their website also looked very different from what I was familiar with. I clicked on the bookmark saved in my favorites and it came up with the bible I was looking for and the website was in the familiar format. After comparing them for a few minutes, I realized that I was dealing with two separate ministries. However, since I had never initiated any contact with CBP, but only with LCBP, the only way that CBP could have gotten my email address was from the customer list of LCBP. Perhaps LCBP gave CBP permission to use their customer list, but that seems a bit unlikely to me. If anyone has any information about this, I would appreciate knowing. If CBP is using LCBP's customer list without their permission, I don't think I want to give them my business or recommend them to others.
  2. Hello again Brother Stafford

    Thank you for the courage, to take a stand in defense of God’s Word, with  your recent post!  In these last days, this is the area of our faith, that is going to be under attack more and more.

    And by the way, concerning the argument put forth against you like this....
    “God's promise to preserve his word does not promise a perfect translation to every language and people group,...”
    ... I think these arguments are called, “straw men”!

    Don’t let them bother you at all.

    Keep fighting the good fight!


  3. I thought I would stop and say goodbye. I have decided to stop using the internet, with the exception of posting my restoration videos. Since they are hardly viewed, I may eventually just remove those as well. I find the negatives of internet use to outweigh the positives and I believe that it will get worse in the future. Inappropriate ads have even appeared a few times now on this forum, even though I have ad blockers installed. I have grown tired of trying to safeguard against the dangers of malware, adult content and protecting my privacy. I also find that there are no news sources that I find reputable any longer and they all seem to share the goals of sensationalism and division. Keeping up with the news only serves to cause me to be anxious and depressed and really has nothing to do with my everyday life anyway. I have also decided that whenever my current computer decides to die, that I will not be getting another one. I think we've had such technology long enough for me to decide that it all does more harm than good, at least in my view, and I've had enough. Take care and thank you for including me in your community.
  4. I agree with the fact that God never promised every person have a perfect copy of God's word in their own language. I think you're reading things into my original post that I did not write.
  5. I have been re-reading "Bible Wines" by William Patton (pub. 1871). It is an absolutely wonderful explanation of the use of the word wine in scripture. He explains the difference between alcoholic wine and nonalcoholic wine. That is a subject for another thread. However, on page 46 (of the paperback), he states, (All caps is in the original test by the author) He expresses such things in a few other places as well. I actually felt my heart sink when I read this. His writings are so well done that it boggles my mind that such a learned man could make such a basic mistake. Indeed, countless others have made the same illogical mistake. In my view, if this view were to be true, it would mean one of three things: 1. God lied when He said that He has preserved His word and that all of His words are pure. (Psalms 12:6-7, Proverbs 30:5-6, Mark 13:31) 2. His originally inspired word is hidden somewhere in the world, perfectly preserved but inaccessible and unknowable to us, and that all translations contain errors. 3. His words are still perfectly preserved in the copies in the original languages, but that one must possess a perfect command of those languages in order to know the word of God. Am I missing something? It seems like such a basic Logic 101 type of error. If no translation or interpretation is the ultimate authority, what prevents anyone, at any time, from bringing any passage, whatsoever, into doubt?
  6. Sorry, it still reads exactly like the Buddhist proverbs I used to memorize when I was a Buddhist. Lessons on karma were taught like that as well.
  7. Unfortunately, I had to get a smartphone about 7 years ago. The salesperson went over all of the bells and whistles for about 45 minutes and then asked me if I had any questions. I said, "Yeah. How do you make a phone call?" There's a great book by Nicholas Carr called, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains." He talks bout how technology is changing the way that we process information, how we communicate with each other and things of that sort. Neil Postman has also written about the dangers of technology and its effects. They have plenty of videos talking about the subjects on YouTube, if you don't have the patience for a book.
  8. Mnemonic techniques not only help me with memorization of information, but have been helping to return my memory to being closer to the sharpness of my youth. I belong to a mnemonics forum that has an enormous amount of helpful information and techniques. https://artofmemory.com/
  9. I was wondering if it might be a good idea to create another area specifically for people to discuss and debunk passages of scripture that many perceive as contradictions in the Bible. It could also be a place to compare how the modern versions change or omit verses that do cause contradictions and difficulties in those versions. I was thinking of just creating a thread for such discussions, but thought that the thread might get confusing, especially for guests or newcomers. Examples would be: Did Elhanan kill Goliath or the brother of Goliath? 2 Samuel 21:19 (KJV vs. NASB, ESV, NIV) Did Jesus Lie to His brothers? John 7:8 (The missing "yet" in some versions)
  10. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2) "Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. {2} Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." (Psalms 12:6-7) "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. {7} Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." (Proverbs 30:5-6) "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. {6} Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Mark 13:31) "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." (Revelation 22:18-19) "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: {19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Praise God for preserving His words!
  11. Years ago, when I was still a musician, a friend of mine and I used to write songs together. I stopped eating meat and we decided to write a song about vegetables. I said potato, but he said potahto,. I said tomato, but he said tomahto. We decided to just call the whole thing off.
  12. Note to self: If you're going to hold the cap to the superglue in your mouth, make sure it's dry first.
  13. Hello Brandon, I used to have doubts about God's existence too. The thing that used to bring me back was thinking that, if God didn't exist, then that means that all of the wonder and complexity of life and the universe had to have happened by countless unplanned mistakes, and that seemed absolutely impossible to me. So, I thought that God exists because it's not possible for Him not to exist. The Bible tells us who God is, how He made things, how we broke from His original plan, the consequences of that and how He fixes the problem for us. Christianity is the only religion that says that we can't achieve salvation by trying to live as perfectly as possible and by doing good deeds. We are all sinners and sin, even one sin, causes us to be deserving of Hell. Did you know that the Apostle Paul considered himself to be the worst sinner of all? Before Paul was an Apostle, who loved Christ and taught others about Him, his name was Saul and he used to hunt and kill the early Christians, but Jesus even offered him salvation. I still sin and everyone here on this forum still sins. Even the people you admire most still sin; you're not the only one. The only person who has never sinned is Jesus Christ, God's only Son. The only thing that can save us is believing on Him and repenting. Brandon, you are thinking about the right sorts of things. We are all only here for a very short period of time and then we will be in another place for all eternity. It's pretty important to know where we will go and it sounds like you already have an idea of how important that is. If you haven't yet, trust in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and follow Him. Get yourself a King James Version of the Bible. You don't have to spend a lot of money on one. Many dollar stores have them for a dollar or two. They have free KJV apps for your phone and free ones online. Some of the words may sound unfamiliar to you, but a dictionary helps you learn them quickly. I use Webster's 1828 Dictionary. I have a printed version, but you can find it online or download it as an app on your phone. With the KJV, you get to learn strange old words like, peradventure, churl and ouches! Ask as many questions here as you like and, if you tell us your city (not your address though, never give your address online), we may be able to locate a good church for you to look into and ask questions there too. I'm glad you came here and shared your fears with us. Jesus can take those fears away.
  14. There is a park, by my home, that I frequent. I drive there almost every day for an hour or so, to read and pray. Today, as I was driving to my usual spot, I saw that the entire park was empty, with the exception of a father and his young son. It was a beautiful day and they were sitting, side by side, on a bench next to a baseball diamond and their heads were bowed. I thought to myself, "How nice to see such a thing. It looks as if they are having a heart to heart or, possibly, even praying together." Then, as I drove past them, I looked over and saw that they were both looking down at the father's smart phone; they were apparently playing a video game. After a while, as I was reading my book, I looked over at them and they were still staring down at the tiny screen in the father's hands, completely oblivious to the three white-tailed deer coming out of the woods in front of them.

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