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Brother Stafford

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    Brother Stafford reacted to Alan in Social Distancing   
    I was watching the news the other day on my computer and the they were explaining that we need to keep a safe distance, six feet, from other people 🧍‍♂️  (... six feet ...) 🧍‍♀️.                       
    So, I moved my computer screen  🖥️  six feet away from me. 🤣 🤣
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Alan in Did Jonah die while he was in the belly of the fish?   
    According to a reliable source: the whale died of indigestion. The SPCA arrested Jonah and was fined for cruelty to an animal.  🤣 🤣🤣
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from heartstrings in Woodworking   
    Yes.  I mean that kind of music.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from eswarden in Hovind Hypocrisy   
    I'm not really a fan of "Creation ministries" anymore.  Every one that I know of has made it the primary focus and has spend millions of dollars on, what I believe to be, unnecessary buildings, staff or gimmicks.  I don't see any biblical precedent for a creation ministry.  We are not called to go forth and disprove evolution or even to attempt prove the existence of God; scripture just assumes it.  We are called to spread the Gospel.  Giant models of Noah's ark or an infinite number of books refuting evolutionism or even young earth creationism, are a waste of time, money and other resources, in my opinion.
    I used to be very into that kind of thing, as well as very into apologetics.  I used to think, "If I can just make the right argument, then they'll finally understand." What I have found is that the only thing that has ever caught the attention of anyone with whom I have spoken, has been God's word.  When you show people irrefutable truths, if it conflicts with their world view, they will defiantly (and usually angrily and awkwardly) reject it outright; even when you can tell that they know they are wrong.  They do that with scripture as well, but scripture is the only thing that I have witnessed having any awakening affect on them.
    When getting into a creation vs evolution discussion with someone, first ask them, "If I can give you compelling evidence that support my views, do you think you would change your mind?"  You will find that, more often than not, people will usually say, "No, probably not."  That is why I try to stay focused on scripture.
    When focusing on gimmicks or off-the-cuff logical debate, it is your logic against theirs, and they know that.  When you focus on scripture, and especially when you stand next to them and read with them from an open King James Bible, they can still disagree and argue, but they are usually aware that it is not just your logic against theirs any longer, but rather, their logic against God's word.
    (Romans 10:13-17) "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. {14} How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? {15} And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! {16} But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? {17} So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from *Light* in Farewell, friends   
    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.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Thief on the Cross in Farewell, friends   
    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.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Rosie in Farewell, friends   
    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.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Alan in Praise God for finding this site   
    (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!
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from *Light* in In defence of a perfect traslation   
    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?
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Thief on the Cross in Sheep teaching sheep   
    Thank you , I did not see it as an attack,    I realize he is a man and may have some things he believes that may not be right.  As a married woman I also don't have the choice as to where I  attend church.  There are a few things I have found are off.   But I love them dearly.    Where do you draw the line and say thats enough? !   Of course again as woman I dont have that say.  I will pray about these things and hope the Lord will correct them.  
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Sheep teaching sheep   
    I wish to commend that spirit of meekness and submission.
    Please understand that my posting above was NOT intended as a direct attack against your pastor.  I do not know him.  Thus I would NOT seek to engage in attack against him.  However, my posting above WAS intended as an attack against a particular doctrinal position that I believe is Biblically false.  From that I am NOT stepping back.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Thief on the Cross in Sheep teaching sheep   
    Thank you for your replys.  I do love my church and the pastor, but there are things that either dont sit well with me or are completely foreign.   I had zero boundaries or rules of any kind growing up.  So needless to say I balked against any authority in my life, nor did I have any standards or build character.   So for me I need to check,   and ask myself  is this the Word of God or is me , my flesh  pushing against this. .  I am not an authority on the bible,  so I appreciate all your help. 
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Sheep teaching sheep   
    As has been stated already, the statements concerning sheep not teaching sheep is NOT a Biblical concept.  In fact, I myself would be willing to contend that it is a doctrinally FASLE concept, standing in conflict with the teaching of God's Word concerning our responsibility to edify and exhort one another, as well as the responsibility of faithful men to teach others also and of older, godly women to teach the younger.  Sad to say; but even in Independent Baptist churches, false doctrine may be found.
    On the other hand, the "under-shepherd" term has developed through an implication from God's Word.  Scripture DOES reference church leadership as shepherds.  Furthermore, Scripture refers unto our Lord Jesus Christ as the CHIEF Shepherd, and that in a context wherein instruction is delivered to church leadership. (See 1 Peter 5:1-4)  Thus the implication is taken that since our Lord Jesus Christ is the Chief Shepherd, and Holy Spirit appointed church leadership are shepherds UNDER His CHIEF authority, then such church leadership may be referenced as UNDER-shepherds.  The term is actually intended to emphasize the submission, responsibility, and accountability of church leadership UNDER the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to DaveW in Sheep teaching sheep   
    Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 
    Nuff said...
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    Brother Stafford reacted to OLD fashioned preacher in Sheep teaching sheep   
    5 years as a Southern Baptist and 41 years as an Independent Baptist and I ain't NEVER heard such  ---------- and I glad I haven't.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Sheep teaching sheep   
    Sheep can't teach sheep is simply not found anywhere in the Bible. 
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from HappyChristian in Note To Self: Game   
    Note to self:  If you're going to hold the cap to the superglue in your mouth, make sure it's dry first.
     
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from HappyChristian in Songwriting   
    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.
     
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Doc Flay in BEING 100% RIGHT WITH GOD   
    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 the point that I could no longer listen to music.  I believe, with my whole heart, that God caused that to happen in order to get my full attention.  The thing that I thought was the most devastating thing to ever have happened to me, turned out to be the most life changing and wonderful thing I have yet experienced.
    I have since completely turned my back on and denounced that entire lifestyle, have discovered the glorious blessings of the KJV and a clearer path that comes from being a Bible believing Christian.  I thank God for my affliction.  It comes with certain pains and inconveniences, but I cherish it.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Jim_Alaska in Percieved Contradicitons Section?   
    This idea comes up quite often Bro. Stafford. In answer to this I would submit the following. If we create different forums for each subject there comes a point where just trying to find the right forum to post in or read becomes burdensome. The present layout of the forums at OB are a case in point.
    At OB we have no less than 29 different forums which comprise the board as a whole. There is no limit to creating new forums and sub-forums. Most of the forums you see on this board are the result of members suggesting the very same issue you address. Topics such as you detailed can easily be incorporated into existing forums simply by creating topics within the framework of individual forums.
    As far as any thread becoming confusing, my take on this is a simple one and made from observance of members browsing habits. Most people that belong to any kind of board and frequent it regularly make extensive use of two helpful features; one is the "mark forum read" and the other is the "unread content" feature. These two features can keep members fully up to date on any new topic or reply posted.
    So then it just becomes members to use these features, which is a practice of discipline on their part. We have to remember when thinking of board complexity in the number of forums on a board, the job of the board owner and moderators. More forums equates to more work and time spent for those charged with administering and moderating.
    Make no mistake, I am not against multiple forums on a board, I just think there comes a time when any more forums are too much. Take me for instance. I am an administrator of this board, which is quite extensive, but also have like duties to other boards that most here don't even know exist. I administer two other boards that contain six forums within each of them, so I think you can see that my time, each and every day. is devoted to administering boards and forums. Of course this is a responsibility I voluntarily take on, but it is a daily responsibility non-the -less.
    There is one other point to be considered in creating an additional forum for specific topics and that is the point of “need”. I mean this in the context of; “is there really a need for a new category?”
    A case in point would be the “Homestead Forum” that I created at the request of members. I forgot that you were the member that first brought this up. I love the idea of this kind of forum, but if you look at the use it gets after almost a year and a half it is obvious that the “need” is not really there. There are only 444 posts on this forum. Compared to the rest of the forums at OB, there does not seem to be a real need.
    There is also, within any special forum the moderation of it. For moderators a major part of their work is keeping the posts within a forum on topic, this is a big part of moderating and adds to time spent by moderators.
    I didn’t mean to write a book in reply to your suggestion, but once I got thinking about it all these other things came to light.
    Subjects such as you addressed in your post are easily handled within the framework of existing forums. It doesn’t have to be confusing if members would simply use the “search” feature to see if a subject they are interested in has been addressed already.
    In the end the addition of a new forum should be the prerogative of the board’s owner, BroMatt. I hope what I have written gives members an idea of how boards work and what goes into making them function properly, as well as keep them interesting and informative.
     
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Alan in The Local Church.   
    Brethren
    Besides the work of the church, I am now involved in the collecting, and double-checking, of a series of lessons that I did previously here on Taiwan, in Chinese, on "The Biblical Gift of Tongues" in order to print the series into book form in Chinese.  It is a daunting task that is taking up almost all of the time that I can spare. 
    I have not forgotten this study on the local church. I hope to continue this study next week.
    Regards,
    Alan
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in communication in a post modern world   
    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. 😉
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    Brother Stafford reacted to OLD fashioned preacher in Legalization of Marijuana   
    There is a wealth of Scripture showing that a Christian is to be of a lucid mind that they might think soberly and with the ability to properly discern right and wrong. Even if marijuana is not addictive, and all the other pro-pot arguments, you can not be buzzed and fit the Biblical admonishments to be diligent etc. Therefore it is absolutely OFF LIMITS for a child of God!
    Side note: a guy recently told the Kentucky legislature that he knows that pot is not addictive, he says he knows because, said he, "I've been smoking it for 30 years!"
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from *Light* in communication in a post modern world   
    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. 😉
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    Brother Stafford reacted to swathdiver in communication in a post modern world   
    I think we will go back to using horses, would like to anyway.  NNs comments are spot on about the affects of technology on our lives.  The kids growing up nowadays immersed in it have no idea how deficient it has made them.  Indeed, they are deceived and think they are ready for anything, after taking their anxiety medicine and getting likes on Facebook.
    In the days before hand held computers with phones in them, we used to actually memorize dozens of phone numbers and addresses.  A man could look at a map and drive their and remember his kin's phone number.  The memory of the people before that time was even more superior, for they had knowledge and ability passed down through books and their families on how to use the land around them for healing, diet, built their own homes and had a work ethic that is difficult to find these days.
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