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  1. Miss Daisy, you nailed it. "Discouraged by church politics..."
  2. Incurable tumor disappears from Texas girl’s brain after community lifts her in prayers https://www.christianpost.com/news/incurable-tumor-disappears-from-texas-girls-brain-after-community-lifts-her-in-prayers-229088/?fbclid=IwAR2vdC0IUtGA7iHrskXcUZoQbz0IWG-2OgziHna3dixr5G2yZuTnxHGPRRQ
  3. In Tennessee & Kentucky you don't preach against moonshine either!
  4. I have come to realize the problem with a forum such as this is that no matter what you post..., it's wrong! Now, understand I'm not a Biblical Scholar, never Pastored a Church, never attended a Bible College but it does seem to me that if an individual is under the Conviction of a Holy God..., the admitting you are guilty comes with no hesitation. Those who do 'hesitate' aren't under conviction so of course, they aren't going to admit anything.
  5. Here is a poem that I happened to find years ago published in the Sword of the Lord. I had this printed on cards and would hand it out to anyone with a small child. They Ask So Little Take time to laugh and sing, And play and cuddle them a bit, Tell them a story now and then And steal a little time to sit. And listen to their childish talk Or take them for a little walk. Take time to hear their prayers at night, to really cherish and enjoy. A little girl with flaxen curls And the small wonder of a boy. They ask so little when they’re small, Just love and tenderness, that’s all. Anonymous
  6. A few months ago I came face to face with an image of evil that manifested itself through another, during a brief meeting at church. It is hard to adequately detail the image of evil I 'really' witnessed short of an artistic rendition. This individual came against me to the point that either satan himself or just a run of the mill demon manifested over this man and needless to say, the experience unnerved me initially while almost instantly a peace came over me. It was like nothing I had ever witnessed before! I ended the meeting and departed the room. Basically, what I witnessed was a face of evil in that a shadow fell over this man like he was wearing a large Mexican Sombrero hat that shadowed his upper torso; the face that I saw was much bigger than a human face; it was a dull red in color; no horns; big broad teeth; big eyes that were wide apart and appeared somewhat bloodshot. What struck me the most was the enormous evil that emanated itself of which no artist could ever capture. Of those of us who were in the room that evening I was the only one who witnessed (saw) this evil. The other men did not. When you're trying to explain something like this as to what you saw it's almost impossible as there is nothing on earth to compare it with, for the most part. Last night I was watching a you-tube video regarding people who claim to live in 'haunted houses'. During one segment of this video an artist rendition of satan/evil flashed on the screen. I was shocked as that is almost the very image I had witnessed. What I witnessed did not have any 'fangs' (K-9) teeth, no horns, no pitchfork..., just a face of evil. Here's the link. The image flashes at Time Marker (37:25) if you'd like to see. It only flashed up for a brief second..., but this is basically what I saw superimposed over the other individual. Over the years my wife and I have belonged to many churches up and down the East Coast the result of my varied employment. Sad to say that almost all of them have an evil side consumed by church politics. satan (he's not worthy of capitalising) is not in the dead churches as they are already dead but he is alive and well in churches that do preach Jesus. This church we were attending did preach Jesus but the one I ran up against has 'deep pockets'. As such, the day following the pastor called me and delivered a verbal reprimand for my upsetting the status quo. That was it for us! We have decided to abstain from ever joining another church. We still attend 'another' church but have decided to steer clear of membership. Membership requires a certain amount of contributing. As I left I told the pastor that all I wanted to do was contribute and participate but the money changers wouldn't allow it. I've spared all of the grisly details but in a nutshell, my intent was to incorporate in the Statement of Faith our position on same sex marriage. As a result the gates of hell unleashed on me. Come to find out two of the more prominent members had such in their family and had no desire to rock the boat by supporting such in church.
  7. Luke 23:39-42. "And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." Salvation is so easy. This man admitted he was guilty of sin and worthy of death; he admitted that Jesus was Lord; and asked Jesus to remember him. This admission was from his heart. A death bed profession, if you will and I've heard many say they don't consider such. This man clearly didn't walk an isle; wasn't baptized; probably never attended a church service; never went on visitation; never spoke in jiberish; never danced in the isles or jumped pews; no snakes..., I think we often read way too much into things that end up causing much frustration.
  8. Yes indeed. A great testimony indeed. Thankfully I never had to deal with any alcoholism and have never touched any drugs other than prescribed by my Doc. I do have an addiction toward tobacco however. For many years the 'Broad Leaf' was king in my neighborhood and as a teenager I cropped it for a local farmer. Brother Stafford..., you hang in there and thanks for your honesty!
  9. @Happy Christian. Off topic question for you but since you live in that neck of the woods I assume you're aware of all the Bigfoot Sightings? May I ask what you're opinion on all of that might be. I live in Onslow County, North Carolina and even we have had 4 or 5 reported sightings. Personally, I would hate to run up on one of those things even though I consider them satanic in nature. Right up there with all the UFO's sighted around the world. To me they are all part of the Great Deception. ...what do you think?
  10. Religion is the following of mandates as established by a hierarchy of men in their respective organizations..., such as the Catholic Church. Christianity on the other hand is following the teachings of Jesus. If you ask ANY of those in the various 'religions' of the world they will tell you that yes, they are following the teachings of Jesus but in truth, only to the point it tickles their ears. Not long ago a person asked me what religion I was. I told him I didn't have a religion. He then asked me if I was an atheist or an agnostic at which time I said, “No, neither. I am a Born Again Christian.” Upon hearing this he said, “Well then, you have a religion!” I again said that no, I was not in a religion but rather, as a Born Again Christian my goal was to adhere to the teaching of Christ. The conversation soon ended. The Catholic religion; the Mormon religion; the Jehovah Witness religion; et.al. In fact, one can become 'religious' over a 1957 rebuilt Chevy Belair Convertible.
  11. Jim, your church is very fortunate. The one I came from hosted a retired USMC Major, a mustanger, who just can't give up the ego rush of being in charge.
  12. A 'businessman with his own little power clique' is a Church Politician! A local church belongs to the Lord..., end of subject! The last church I belonged to caused me to see an evil presence manifest itself through a man and believe me. No horns; no pitchfork; no spiked tail..., just an evil presence! For sure it unnerved me and as I got up to leave a peace came over me. I certainly don't care to witness that anytime soon.
  13. I read an article this morning regarding the loss of church membership(s) throughout South Carolina. Of all the reasons listed I couldn't help but notice the absence of Church Politicians as being a cause. We all know they are on sight, right? The ones with the deep pockets; the ring knockers; the clique, those of which their great, great grandpa laid the cornerstone back in 1942 and through association believe they alone own the church building. I've been in churches up and down the East Coast since 1972 and have found that almost ALL of them to be eating themselves into oblivion because of such antics. Believe me when I say I could tell you some stories. Things were so bad in one church we attended that folks started to die the result of 'freak accidents'. Such negatively impacts on everyone trying to be as they should be in Christ. Why is it that preachers don't take to the podium and denounce such? Are they afraid of losing their job? If things are that bad perhaps the preacher should leave.
  14. ...so who is your proofreader? I do suppose however what I need is a ghost writer.

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