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Anthony John Thornton

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  1. Brother, you are correct. He’s not a pastor. It definitely was a good message though.
  2. I listened to a pastor, who's actually the President of the Christian Law Association, preach at my church a few nights ago. He preached Psalms 1, particularly about the seat of the scornful. Brother, it changed my life. Literally. The Holy Spirit had been convicting me of my complaining and BOOM, Brother Gibbs preached on that. It may be available somewhere online too.
  3. Brother, I have yet to begin deputation, but when I do, I may contact you.
  4. What an incredible blessing on all fronts! Any information would be invaluable! I have no contacts but some I will be contacting soon. I have had, on my mind, Calgary. The Drop-In Rehab Centre (Center lol) is located in Calgary, and I believe that to be an incredible segue into giving the Gospel AND being a servant. Old Paths Baptist Church is a church I plan to contact soon. I'd go on deputation, link up with a church in the area, work with them, and perhaps begin a church plant in due time. The other thing that I believe the Lord is leading me towards is teaching, in a literal sense. It could very well end up as both. The Lord's will be done!
  5. Alberta, Canada? If so, I believe the Lord to be possibly calling me there.
  6. Literally everything you mentioned in your points is reason enough to not use a board. One board I just talked to said their administrative fee is 300 a month. That could be rent on the field. The changing of doctrine scares me most. Also, one consideration in favor of using a board is having that "clout" or vetting while on deputation. I would imagine it would be harder to get support without a board's backing. I thank the Lord He has given me much over my life. I don't have to worry about insurance (but then it could always change) because after I was wounded by an IED in 2005, I was put on medical hold. I was medically retired years later with Tricare Select. It used to be called Tricare Standard.
  7. Man alive I am glad I found this site. I believe this site will be an incredible resource to me in the next few months. This is good stuff right here.
  8. And I have strongly considered this aspect of it as well. I have an older missionary in my church whom I consider a friend and this is what he does. Well, mostly. He doesn't use a board. He does go from church to church periodically raising funds. I believe the sending church being responsible is the most Biblical way of doing it for sure.
  9. Good rephrasing lol. I actually relish the thought of being there every step of the way. I currently work offshore and am gone two weeks at a time. What an incredible privilege it will be to be there all the time!
  10. Lookingfortruth, I am partly ashamed to admit this but at the same time hoping to encourage you on the same level. When we were looking for churches, my wife actually led the charge. She found a church she liked. We had been there before. I had family who attended it. I had no clue what their doctrine was at first, just that it was a Baptist church. I didn't learn it was independent until a year or so later. I had a thirst for knowledge. I had my thirst quenched at this church and haven't looked back. I am ashamed that my wife led the charge when it should've been me but it was HER faithfulness to truth that brought me along.
  11. Fantastic advice and thank you for that awareness. I will definitely take a proactive approach to it. And the starting at a screen doesn't thrill me either, but the way I look at it, if we are on deputation, it will be a lot like a long camping trip! We are waiting for a few doors to open if it's the Lord's will, but if not, it's deputation and we will have to homeschool.
  12. I am glad I stumbled onto this thread. If we go the deputation route as a missionary, it's good to know that neither I, nor my wife, have to "teach" in the traditional sense. She was worried she would have to be responsible for that. It appears as though Abeka provides that "teaching" aspect of it. Awesome!
  13. Absolutely. I am definitely going to consider all avenues and make it a matter of prayer.
  14. I just got off of the phone with David Canedy at Baptist World Missions. I had a ton of information given and asked many questions. It will have to be a matter of prayer, but I am leaning more towards them if we go into missions. They do candidacy interviews and the like twice a year. April and October. I like that much better than once a year. We have a few more doors that must open for it to be missions-related, but this was our first step. I am excited about whatever may come!
  15. One of the things I don't like about BIMI so far is there's a "timetable" they have where you can go to candidate school, get approved, and then go. They may all be like that but I know BIMI does their annual school in June. The committee convenes also in June and December. When it's time to go, I want to go. I have a missionary from my church who didn't use a board at all. And it's for the same reasons you mentioned, Jordan.
  16. Hello, all. Hope you're doing well. I have some questions about deputation. The wife and I are called to missions, potentially, and perhaps even the ministry of a church (i.e., teaching in a Christian school). If we do go on deputation, what are some things we can look for during it? Some of the threads about deputation I've seen mention getting a motorhome/camper. We, too, have discussed that. . Which IFB mission board did you use? We are starting the process of selling unnecessary things like our Camaro. I am in my third year of Bible school. I believe that the education weighs in on mission boards as well. We believe the Lord may be calling us to Canada. What are things we can look forward to during deputation? Which, if any, IFB board did you use? I know this is a loaded question, but how long did it take? Is there any advice you could give about deputation? How did you know WHERE you were supposed to go?
  17. Thank you guys for the welcoming. I am a former drug addict/alcoholic. I was strung out for about eight years. I wrestled with my sin for those years, thinking I could handle them. After all, I was a man. I had survived Iraq. I was "strong" I told myself. I tried to quit about 200 times. I would throw my pills out in the yard, declare I was done, only to go scoop them up a few hours later. I'd hit my knees asking God to take the burden from me. Strangely enough, I also didn't think I had a problem. In the same time-frame, my marriage was suffering. I had physical wounds from the IEDs, mental wounds from what had happened, and my wife felt like she had to babysit me. She resisted emotional connections to me. Our intimacy was there, but the emotional "want-to" wasn't. It was during those years that I began to flirt. I would text other women. I would hide it. Although I never physically or even emotionally fell for anyone, what I did was cheating, plain and simple. I would often times ask God to "fix" her. God, please fix her. I am at my wit's end here. I also had a foul mouth. I had a proclivity towards watching things, albeit very rarely, that God would not approve of. Ever. I was in a mess and looking back on it, I didn't even realize it. What it was, well, obviously it was sin. One day, December 22, 2013 to be exact, my heart was finally broken by the Holy Spirit. I understood my condition, knew what it took to fix it (that I couldn't fix it), and that was the last day I took a pill. In the coming months, viewing pornography wasn't an issue, my mouth was cleaned (Colossians 3:8), and pills were not in my life. You see, in my past I tried to control my mouth. I made excuses as to why this word and that word were not "bad" words. I also tried to control my habits. I failed each and every time. It wasn't until I realized there was only One who could control that for me that they were no longer a problem. Jesus Christ made me whole. I no longer am ashamed of what I was. The devil likes to try and remind me. It's my testimony and no good sailor was ever made on calm seas. I blame no one but myself. I could blame Iraq. I could blame my wife. I could blame my circumstances, childhood, anyone really. The truth is, it was ALL me. It also dawned on me one day that my wife wasn't the one who needed fixing. The Holy Spirit hit me with a 2x4 about three years ago. It was me who needed fixing and once that happened, my marriage could be made whole too. Sure, my wife had her issues. But that wasn't the problem in and of itself. It was that I was up to my eyes in sin. She and I have been married for 15 years and we've been through a lot together. She had her own spiritual struggle earlier in the year, and that weakened my spirit some. I questioned rather I could go into the mission field. She literally told me she couldn't be a missionary. That was a gut punch; however, I continued to learn French. I continued my Bible schooling. I continued praying, reading my Bible, and learning. I have a burning desire to share the Gospel. It saved me. It can save anyone. I know Christ died for my sins, and it grieves me when I see someone suffering needlessly. My wife lost her mother in May and has slowly begun to mend from that. She understands that we are called. She has accepted it. It's not enough for her to accept it though. I desire to grow with her together in the Lord. It's been a marathon and not a sprint in that regard, however.
  18. Hello, all. Name's A.J. Thornton. I am new to the forum. I see we are like-minded. I am a Purple Heart recipient from OIF III. I am a father to a boy and a girl, husband to my wife of 15 years, and currently in my third year of Bible school. I am preparing to hit the mission field, Lord willing, around the middle of 2020.
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