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Brother Stafford

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  1. "When I hear evolutionary scientists talk about the importance of discovering as much knowledge about the universe as possible, then go on to talk about how the universe will end in heat death, I cannot help but imagine them saying, 'Make haste! We must fill the library with as many books as we possibly can before the whole building burns down!'" - B.J. Stafford
  2. “Saying that you enjoy my friendship, but that you do not care for my faith, is like saying that you enjoy eating peaches, but that you do not care for their flavor.” - Unknown
  3. Hello again, Brandon. The study of the end times is called "eschatology," and is a very interesting thing to study, but there are many opposing views out there that can be confusing or even overwhelming to the believer who is just becoming acquainted with the subject. Many hundreds (if not thousands) of books have been written on the subject; some containing good teaching and others containing very false teachings. What I recommend to everyone, when they are curious about scriptural things, is to first read those parts of the Bible yourself, several times and see what you can unde
  4. A moth walks into a doctor's office: Doctor: "What seems to be the problem?" Moth: "Well, Doctor, I'm feeling a bit depressed. My daughter has been getting very poor grades in school, my son has dropped out of school, my wife has come down with the flu and I lost my job." Doctor: "My goodness, sir, that is quite a bit to deal with. I can understand why you are feeling down, but I'm a general practitioner. It sounds like you need a doctor who is a psychologist." Moth: "I thought of that, but I figured I'd come and see you." Doctor: "Why is that?" Moth: "Your
  5. The other day, a friend of mine told me that he had been reading Descartes and asked me, "Do I exist or not?" So I asked him, "Who wants to know?"
  6. I revisited the original thread on this subject and found that it is now "closed to further replies," so I thought I would continue it here. I was hoping to get more input on the subject, as I am still finding conflicting information. Explanations for both views - pastors being required to be married and pastors not being required to be married - have persuasive arguments. I am interested in hearing from more of the pastors on this issue. Additionally, I am interested in hearing about how a never-been-married man might engage in or participate in preaching/teaching in his church,
  7. I accidentally did a workout that was meant for children. Now I'm really sore in my head, shoulders, knees and toes... knees and toes.
  8. That's not the case. I only have LCBP bibles, purchased from LCBP with their logo and information on the title page. All of theirs say "Church" on the base of the spine.
  9. 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 diff
  10. 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 sour
  11. 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.
  12. 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. Inde
  13. 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.
  14. 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 th
  15. 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/
  16. 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, N
  17. (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 generatio
  18. 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.
  19. Note to self: If you're going to hold the cap to the superglue in your mouth, make sure it's dry first.
  20. 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 s
  21. 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
  22. I don't get why the letter r comes into YoustRianity and MestRianity. We are not a part of ChristRianity. Should it not be Youstianity?
  23. It's only been achieved by one person that I know of. I can speak from experience that God can use such things for His glory. Only six years ago, I considered myself a Christian, but I wasn't IFB then and I still used an NASB and scoffed at the KJVO crowd. I was very involved in worldly music and it was an idol to me. I was a performing musician, owned a business making musical instruments and had a day job in the operations department at Guitar Center. Long story short, there was an incident with a loud amplifier while at work at GC and I sustained permanent hearing damage to
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