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    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

    Old things are passed away . . . I was on the broad way (road) leading to destruction (Matthew 7:13). I was lost (Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3). I was condemned already because of my unbelief (John 3:18; compare 1 Corinthians 11:32). I was a lover of darkness (John 3:19). I was under God's abiding wrath (John 3:36) awaiting God's coming wrath (Luke 3:7; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6). I was an ignorant worshiper (John 4:22). I was an evildoer deserving judgment (John 5:29; compare 3 John 11). I was of the world and from below or beneath (John 8:23). I was yet in my sins (John 8:21,24; compare John 20:23). I was a child of the devil (John 8:44). I was a Christ-rejecter (John 12:48). I was a Christ-hater (John 15:18) and a hater of those belonging to Christ (John 17:14). I was under the power of Satan (Acts 26:18; 1 John 5:19). I was unthankful, not giving honor to God (Romans 1:21). I was unrighteous (Romans 1:29-31; 3:10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). I was under sin (Romans 3:9) and sin-sick (Luke 5:31-32). I was unprofitable (Romans 3:12; compare Philemon 11). I was without the fear of God (Romans 3:18). I was guilty before God (Romans 3:19). I was a sinner (Romans 3:23; 5:8). I was without strength (Romans 5:6). I was ungodly (Romans 5:6; 4:5). I was God's enemy (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21). I was a servant (slave) of sin (Romans 6:17,20; John 8:34). I was deserving of death (Romans 6:23; compare 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). I was in the flesh (Romans 7:5; 8:8). I was in danger of perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Luke 13:3,5). I was a natural man who considered the things of God as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14). I was under God's curse (1 Corinthians 16:22). I was blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). I was part of this present evil world (Galatians 1:4). I was dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1,5; Colossians 2:13). I was walking according to the course of Satan's world (Ephesians 2:2). I was a child of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). I was a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). I was without Christ (Ephesians 2:12). I was an alien from the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12). I was a stranger from the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12,19). I was one who had no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and no foundation (Luke 6:48). I was without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). I was far off (Ephesians 2:13). I was walking in the vanity of my mind (Ephesians 4:17). I was one whose understanding was darkened (Ephesians 4:18; Romans 1:21). I was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21). I was ignorant (Ephesians 4:18). I was blind and hardened (Ephesians 4:18). I was given over to unbridled lust (Ephesians 4:19). I was corrupt according to deceitful lusts (Ephesians 4:22). I was once of the darkness and of the night (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 2:11). I was in the realm and under the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13; Luke 1:79; Acts 26:18). I was one who did not know God (1 Thessalonians 4:5). I was foolish (Titus 3:3; Romans 1:22). I was disobedient (Titus 3:3). I was deceived (Titus 3:3). I was one who served various lusts and pleasures (Titus 3:3). I was one who lived in malice and envy (Titus 3:3). I was one who was hateful and was hating one another (Titus 3:3). I was a sheep who had gone astray (1 Peter 2:25). I was one who lived in the flesh to the lusts of men (1 Peter 4:2). I was one who walked in lasciviousness, lusts, abominable idolatries, etc. (1 Peter 4:3). I was sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19).
  2. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    Every day of the month, as the Lord leads, read that day's chapter of Proverbs and post whatever the Lord lays on your heart using any verse in the chapter as your text. It can range from a short devotional to a sermon to a commentary. The purpose is that this will stimulate Bible reading among some saints that just haven't gotten started yet, and allow folks to share hidden treasures from the dark sayings of Solomon. Enjoy, have fun, and above all, be edified from the living Word of the Living God.
  3. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6 KJV). Is not Jesus Himself called Mercy, and that mercy promised? Doesn’t He say that He is truth? Those attributes have met together at the Cross, where we first saw the light, and the burden of our sin fell away. It was there that He became “our righteousness.” And that rises or falls on “thus saith the Lord!” God has given us His Word! Titus tells us that our God "cannot lie," so we can depend on whatever He tells us, but sadly, many Christians claim to have faith in a Bible that doesn’t exist. They say they believe the “original autographs” were without error, but they don’t have them. We need a Bible we can trust that we can actually hold in our hands. We have such a Bible! Because it is such a Bible, we can appreciate what Titus adds to the believer's hope (which is assured faith, not wishful thinking). "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:4-5 KJV). And, because we have confidence in such a book, we can know that we are saved and have an unique relationship with the Father, we are filled with a deep and abiding fear of His holiness, so that we would not dream of offending Him . . . though we do. I have given God a million reasons not to love me. None of them changed His mind. If we do not have a perfect Bible, how can we claim to have a perfect salvation? How can we trust that our iniquities have been purged? How can we truly claim to know that we have a home in heaven? An imperfect Bible speaks to me of an imperfect God, Who can do nothing more than make imperfect promises. "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (II Timothy 2:19 KJV). Lord, help us to love you even more than we do now. Let that love grow daily, and let our love teach us to avoid those things which offend you. We choose to keep these words in our Lord's prayer, "Lead us not into temptation!" Despite what the religious "leader" says. Amen!
  4. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    BaptistBibleBeliever's Testimony

    As an unsaved kid contemplating my future I often thought about religion and heaven. I knew that I wanted to go there, but I just didn't know how. I was not satisfied with the trappings of the Catholic church. It did not make sense to me that I could sin like the devil all week long and go talk to a priest behind a shade and recite a couple of prayers by rote and somehow I was set. I started to hear snippets of opinions about being good enough to go to heaven. I'd make a personal commitment to do right and within an hour I found myself back to where I was before I made the commitment. I said, "Heck, this is impossible! There is no way that I'll ever be good enough!" So I basically gave up trying. Why bother? When I was around 12 or 13 I went to a free movie at the local theater sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and was exposed for the first time to the concept that even though I was powerless to live the righteous life, Someone else had already done it for me and that I could live vicariously through Him. It made some sense to me and I'm really not sure if I acted upon it or not. I mean, I might have prayed the prayer at the end of the movie--but I doubt that I meant it. If nothing else occurred, a major league seed was planted in my soul that day which lay dormant for a decade. Then when I was 23, I found myself in the Mormon church trying to deny the existence of hell and sin -- but I could not do that. They were too real to me -- and the flames of hell were all I could think about in the silence. About that time Campus Crusade for Christ started their "I Found It!" Campaign with billboards, pins and bumper stickers every where. People would ask, "What did you find?" and the answer was "I found a new life in Jesus Christ!" I received, and read, the Four Spiritual Laws by Bill Bright and that old Billy Graham experience returned to me. At 3:45 p.m. I woke up from a nap wherein I dreamt of hell and fell to my knees by the side of my bed and asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour. We've been walking together now these past 42 years and I've never had to look back or wonder why I couldn't last at least an hour . . . He was doing it for me! Since then my wife (who is now with the Lord due to ovarian cancer) and I have gone to Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, I pastored a church for five years until health issues drove me to an online ministry where the Lord led in the establishing of BaptistBibleBelievers.com an online library with hundreds of old, out-of-print books in the public domain. No one needs to actually join the site, but you can download the books by chapter to your own computer and use them in whatever way the Lord leads. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to minister online because of ecumenicity. My most recent online endeavor was ended abruptly when it was decided that my 'doctrine was too much over the top.' Sadly, almost every shade of New Ageism and works-based theologies are much akin to weeds choking out the Gospel wherever it can. They are happy to have folks join their forums, but they expect us to check our Bible and our convictions at the door. They don't like loaded weapons in their pews. It is my desire and prayer that I might be a blessing to like-minded believers that are members of this site. I posted here before, about 100 years ago, and thought you all closed down. I'm happy to see that you are still going for the Lord. Believe me, there is a real famine of good KJB-Bible-based websites out there. When I tried to minister to some they treat me like I have something stuck to the bottom of my shoes.
  5. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    $1000 to be allowed to help homeless?

    I suppose one could call the headquarters of the Meyer ministries office, though I suspect they'll probably give him a different address to send the check to.
  6. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    "A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies" (Proverbs 14:25 KJV). Nowhere does this seem to be truer than in the realm of "religion." A faithful preacher speaking the truth is not very popular in this world, yet those that consider him their undershepherd are blessed and strengthened by his sermons. They know that when they listen to Him they are going to hear the Word of God in such a way that it applies to them personally and results in them becoming fully equipped to live the life that pleases the Lord. Unfortunately, the multitudes prefer to hear messages that tell them how wonderful they are and how sins are simply mistakes but that God loves them anyway and accepts them just the way they are. They prefer the lies that make them feel good and doesn't convict them of sin and hell, while the Bible-believer prefers the truth that makes them feel bad but points them to the Cross, the Blood, and the Saviour. After being convinced by the false witness that there is nothing to fear from God, that He is a loving grandfatherly-type being that loves all and accepts all, the lost continue to bear their sin under the false notion that God will excuse them, while the Word of God as a faithful witness says that they are “condemned already” and that they are “without Christ,” “without hope,” and “without God in the world.” The megachurches are filled with those that are wish to feel good in this world, but eternity is a long time to ponder their willful act of letting themselves be deceived, for they are without excuse. The lying and false preacher is only reinforcing what they themselves want to believe for the invisible things from the beginning of the world are clearly seen, but rejected. The believer clings to the cross where the Blood of Christ cleanses them from all sin and unrighteousness and makes it possible for them to serve the living and true God, as they await the day when their faith will become sight in the very presence of their Saviour. Paul strengthened many by his epistles, and still does in the written word, yet he had those that hated him and his message. At one point he asked, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16 KJV). Ever will it be true, that, “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:5-6 KJV). Lord, help us to be honest and tell our friends what they need to hear, and not only what they want to hear. Give us stars for our crown as we share your precious gospel with our lost loved ones and friends. But above all, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14 KJV). Amen!
  7. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Local Church

    I'm listening to the link you provided. I love the singing!
  8. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Local Church

    That's okay. I don't even agree with myself half the time. I should probably have said that the church was "empowered" on the day of Pentecost . . . when was it "established"? I agree with you in the sense that there is no verse we can point to which states, on this day I establish the institution which will be known as my body and my bride. But we know it was future in Matthew 16 and present in Acts.
  9. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    "The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things" (Proverbs 15:28 KJV). The Word of God is our "necessary food" for without it we would starve spiritually, just as we do physically when we refuse to eat physical food. Yet, apart from serious illnesses, how many folks do we know that just don't like to eat? We rarely miss our three squares a day, but what of that man that can go weeks, if not months, at a time failing to read their Bible? Why do we need to read and study God's Book of instructions to man? Peter answers that, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (I Peter 3:15 KJV). We need to know how to answer their reasonable questions. This, of course, does not mean that we spend hours debating what Scripture refers to as “doubtful disputations,” that is but a waste of time. We need to have a testimony and be able to clearly tell others what took place in us when we came to know the Lord. A lost friend is not going to benefit from a theological explanation of the rapture, or any of the many doctrinal truths—they’ll not understand them without the Holy Spirit. They only need to understand the Cross and what God did there for them. Well, in a true sense, we were there—and we can tell them what He did for us. After all, we are all blind beggars telling other blind beggars where we found food. And if their soul is hungry, they’ll gladly have some of it as well. But, “the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” There are plenty of cultists out there that are fully trained by their leaders to give answers--but those things are "damnable heresies" that unfortunately, make sense to the unsaved man. A lot of things seem reasonable to unsaved man—such as the whole salvation-by-works heresy. When they come to the Lord, the Holy Spirit awakens their understanding to the point where they can see that such teachings as the cultist brings are from the pits of hell, as well as any idea that God elects man to reprobation without any say in the matter. That is because “the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” For us that are saved, who are witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11 KJV). Lord God, we have all wisdom at our fingertips and the promise of the "mind of Christ" as we devour Your Word as though it were our "necessary food." Make us more like You every day and use us as we make ourselves available, and dependable. Give us fruit from our labors. Amen!
  10. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Donnie Romero at it again

    "Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets" (Micah 7:7-10 KJV).
  11. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Local Church

    The first question would be, what constitutes the church. At the least, it must consist of Blood-bought, born-again believers. When were people born again according to the Gospel as presented in I Corinthians 15:2-4? If we take the Scripture as presented, no one is born again until after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus speaks future tense concerning His church: "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18 KJV). If the church only consists of born-again believers, and no one was born again until later, the Matthew 18:17 must also be of a future fulfillment. Further, my view is that the church was established officially on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God descended and endowed those meeting in the upper room. Shortly after that others were added to the church. At the same time, Jesus was transitioning from the Old covenant to the New and certain aspects of the coming church were being established such as the officers that DaveW mentions.
  12. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Looking to convert.

    Praying that God will lead, guide and direct you to the church He would have you join. When you find one, unless you know it immediately, take a few weeks to visit and watch and listen. Meet with the pastor . . . though he'll likely initiate a meeting himself. You'll do best by attending all services and hopefully establish that as a pattern. Certainly, visit with his wife for she likely have much wisdom to share. Also praying that your husband will get right with the Lord and find a place where he can grow in the Lord.
  13. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

    behold, all things are become new My salvation is fully accomplished (John 19:30). I have eternal life as a present possession (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-13). I have Jesus Christ as my present possession (1 John 5:12). I know the one, true God (John 17:3; 1 John 2:3; 5:20). I have been saved by His grace (Eph. 2:1-10). I have been justified by His grace (Tit. 3:7). I have passed from death unto life (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14). I have been quickened (made alive) by God (Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13). I have been made fit for heaven (Col. 1:12). I have the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14). My sins have been taken away (John 1:29; Heb. 9:26; 1 John 3:5). My sins have been completely purged (Heb. 1:3). My sins will never be remembered by God (Heb. 8:12; 10:17). I have been washed (1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:5; Rev. 1:5). I will walk with Christ in white (Rev. 3:4-5). I have been healed by His stripes (1 Pet. 2:24). I have been forgiven all trespasses (Col. 2:13; 1 John 2:12). I have been fully justified (Rom. 4:5; 8:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Gal. 2:16; Tit. 3:7). I am reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:20). I am made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13). I am redeemed through His blood (1 Pet. 1:18,19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14). I am redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13). I am redeemed from all iniquity or lawlessness (Titus 2:14). I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23). I am delivered from so great a death (2 Cor. 1:10). I have been delivered from this present evil world or age (Gal. 1:4). I have been delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13). I have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10). I will not come into condemnation or judgment (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1). I am a child of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1,2). I am a son of God (Gal. 4:5-7). I belong to Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:29; 5:24). I have been adopted (Gal. 4:5; Rom. 8:15,23). I am an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17; Tit. 3:7). I am an heir of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7). All things are mine (1 Cor. 3:21-23). I possess all things (2 Cor. 6:10). I will inherit all things (Rev. 21:7). I am enriched by Christ in everything (1 Cor. 1:5; 2 Cor. 9:11). I am a fellow heir (Eph. 3:6). I am rich because of Christ (2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 2:9). I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3). I have obtained an inheritance (Eph. 1:11,14; Heb. 1:14; 9:15; 1 Pet. 1:4). I have been appointed to obtain salvation (1 Thess. 5:9; Heb. 1:14). I am His inheritance (Eph. 1:18). I am a partaker of His promise in Christ by the gospel (Eph. 3:6). I am a new creature (creation) in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 4:24; Col. 3:10). I have been renewed by the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5). I am accepted and highly favored in the Beloved One (Eph. 1:6; cf. Matt. 3:17). I have been seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:6). I am to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:6,12). I am light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8). I am a child of light (Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:5). I am a "peculiar person," even God's special, purchased possession (Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet.2:9). I am a priest who can offer spiritual sacrifices (Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10;20:6). I am a king who will reign (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6). I am privileged to have fellowship with the Father and with the Son (1 John 1:3). I dwell in Christ (John 6:56; 1 John 3:24; 4:13,15,16). Christ dwells in me (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16). I am in Christ (John 14:20; 2 Cor. 5:17). Christ is in me (John 14:20; Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:10; 1 John 4:4).62. The Spirit of God dwells in me (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:21-22). The Spirit of God dwells (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16). I am not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). My "earthen vessel" houses a great Treasure (2 Cor. 4:7). My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). I have been blest with the gift and pledge of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Thess. 4:8; Tit. 3:6; 1 John 3:24; 4:13). I have an anointing (unction) from the Holy One (1 John 2:20,27). I am one of the "called" of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:6; 8:28-30; Jude 1; Rev. 17:14). I have been called unto the fellowship of God's Son (1 Cor. 1:9). I have been called unto eternal glory (1 Pet. 5:10). I have been called with a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9). I am a partaker of the high, heavenly calling (Phil. 3:14; Heb. 3:1). I have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9). God foreknew me (Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:2). God predestined me to be conformed to Christ's image (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5,11). I have already been glorified according to God's mind and purpose (Rom. 8:30). I am eternally secure in God's love (Rom. 8:38-39). I am chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 17:14). I have been chosen to salvation (2 Thess. 2:13). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2:10). I am beloved of God (Col. 3:12; 2 Thess. 2:13). I am chastened and disciplined by my Heavenly Father (Heb. 12:6-7). I am part of that group that Christ is not ashamed to call His "brethren" and "friends" (Heb. 2:11; John 15:14-15). I am a child of Abraham (Gal. 3:7). I am Abraham's seed (Gal. 3:29). I enjoy the blessing of Abraham (Gal. 3:9). I am a child of promise (Gal. 4:28,31). I am faithful (Rev. 17:14). I am a sheep in His flock (Luke 12:32; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25). I am a member of His body (1 Cor. 10:17; 12:27; Eph. 3:6; 4:25; 5:30). I am a stone in His building (Eph. 2:20-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:5). I am a branch in the Vine (John 15:1-7). I am a child of the kingdom (Matt. 13:38; compare Mark 10:14-15). I am born again into His family (John 1:12-13; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:3,23; 2:2; 1 John 5:1). I am one of God's people because He graciously claims me as His own (1 Pet. 2:10; Rev. 21:7). I am a fellow citizen with the saints (Eph. 2:19). I was baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27). I was identified with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:3-6,8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 2:12,20; 3:3). I was identified with Christ in His resurrection (Rom. 6:5,8,11; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:12; 3:1). I died to sin (Rom. 6:2). My "old man" was crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6). I have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). I have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24). I am alive unto God (Rom. 6:11,13; Gal. 2:19,20). Christ is my life (Phil. 1:21; Col. 3:4). I can walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4). I can serve in newness of spirit (Rom. 7:6). I can live unto righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24). I died to the law (Rom. 7:4; Gal. 2:19). I am delivered from the law (Rom. 7:6). I am not under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14). I have God's laws written in my heart (Heb. 10:16). I am married to Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:4). I am a partaker of Christ (Heb. 3:14). I am identified with Christ in His suffering (2 Tim. 2:12; Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 4:12-13; 1 Thess. 3:3; Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:24). The knowledge of God is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:14). The savor (aroma) of Christ is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:15-16). I am an epistle of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3). I am being changed into Christ's glorious image (2 Cor. 3:18). I am being perfected (Phil. 1:6). My inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). I have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27). I am not of the world (John 17:14,16). The world is crucified unto me (Gal. 6:14). I am crucified unto the world (Gal. 6:14). I am separated unto the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1). I am set apart and sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10; Jude 1). I am holy (Col. 3:12; Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:6). I am clothed in His righteousness (Rev. 19:8). I am a saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2; Rom. 1:7). I am faultless in Christ (Eph. 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24). I am perfected forever (Heb. 10:14). I am not my own (1 Cor. 6:19). I am called unto holiness (1 Thess. 4:7). I am a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20). I am a stranger and pilgrim who is not at home in this world (Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11). I have been translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13). I am circumcised in my heart (Col. 2:11; Phil 3:3; compare Deut. 10:16). My faithful God will sanctify me wholly (1 Thess. 5:23-24). My faithful God will keep me from evil (2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 4:18). Christ has made me free, free indeed (John 8:32-36; Gal. 5:1; 1 Cor. 7:22). Jesus Christ is my Deliverer (Rom. 7:24-25). I am free from sin (Rom. 6:7,18,22). The law of the Spirit of Life has made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2). I am God's servant or slave (Rom. 6:22). I am Christ's servant or slave (1 Cor. 7:22). I am a servant or slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18). I have been called unto liberty (Gal. 5:13). I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). I have a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Christ has given me an understanding (1 John 5:20). I have the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). I have all sufficiency in all things (2 Cor. 9:8). I have all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). I can ever be content for I have Christ (Heb. 13:5). I have all the armor and weapons I need (2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-17). I have God's all-sufficient grace (2 Cor. 12:9). I have grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). I have God's power (Eph. 1:19; 3:20). I have access to the Father (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:16). I have a great High Priest (Heb. 2:17-18; 3:1; 4:14-16; 8:1; 10:21). I have an unfailing Intercessor (Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34). I have a righteous Advocate with the Father for times when I sin (1 John 2:1). I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). Christ is my peace (Eph. 2:14). I have rest for my soul (Matt. 11:28-29; Heb. 4:9). I am led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14). I am enabled during trials and temptations (1 Cor. 10:13). I am given assurance by the Spirit (Rom. 8:16; Heb. 6:18). I am given comfort by God (2 Cor. 1:3-7). I am tranquilized by His peace (Phil. 4:7). I am freely given truth and knowledge by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:12). I am not distressed (2 Cor. 4:8). I am not in despair (2 Cor. 4:8). I am not forsaken (2 Cor. 4:9). I am not in darkness (1 Thess. 5:4). God is my Sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5). God is my Strength (2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil. 4:13). God is my Helper (Heb. 13:6). I belong to a Sovereign God who works all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28). All things are for my sake (2 Cor. 4:15). My God is for me (Rom. 8:31). My every need is supplied (Phil. 4:19). I am a laborer together with Christ (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1). I am His workmanship (Eph. 2:10). God works in me (Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21). God's Word works in me (1 Thess. 2:13). I am sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13). I am on the Rock, Christ Jesus (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:11). I am established securely in Christ (2 Cor. 1:21; 2 Thess. 3:3). I am kept by the power of God (1 Pet. 1:5). I am preserved in Jesus Christ (Jude 1). I am kept from falling (Jude 24). I have a building of God eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1). My name is forever written in heaven (Luke 10:20). I am more than a conqueror, even a super-conqueror (Rom. 8:37). I have victory through Christ (1 Cor. 15:57). I have overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5). I always triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14). I am indwelt by the victorious Christ who is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4). Satan cannot touch me (1 John 5:18). I have a living hope (1 Pet. 1:3). I have a glorious future (Rom. 8:18; 2 Thess. 2:14). I have been given eternal encouragement and good hope through grace (2 Thess. 2:16). I will be preserved unto His heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18). I am receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (Heb. 12:28). I have a place reserved in heaven for me (John 14:2,3; 1 Pet. 1:4). I will eat of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7). I will not be hurt of the second death (Rev. 2:11; 20:6). I will have a new name (Rev. 2:17; 3:12). I will have power over the nations (Rev. 2:26; 5:10). I will not have my name blotted out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5). I will be a pillar in God's temple (Rev. 3:12). I will sit with Christ in His throne (Rev. 3:21). I will be with my God forever (Rev. 21:3-4).
  14. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Donnie Romero at it again

    Men fall. I hope he finds the help he needs to be restored in his walk with the Lord, though I would not advocate for his return to any pulpit. I am not certain I understand why he is controversial. I did a search and saw that he took a stand against sodomites. That does not make him controversial in my mind, just naming sin. Under the circumstances--though it by no means excuses him--he looks like it could have been a setup. My prayer is that God will save his marriage and his family. I am glad that God thought of all of us when He had it to be written: "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:16 KJV).
  15. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Catholic Who Embraced Jesus As Lord And Savior

    This topic was discussed before and HappyChristian put an end to it . . . https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/26553-are-there-any-catholics-on-here/?do=findComment&comment=434138 "I have locked this thread because I am tired of catholicism being defended. John, Catholicism is not biblical, whether or not you choose to believe it. We are an Independent Baptist forum. We are not an apologist board for mixing the evils of Catholicism (again, whether folks believe it is evil or not, it most definitely is) with the truths of Scripture. Nor are we an apologist board for promoting other versions of the Bible. Nor are we an apologist board for promoting emergent churches. There is to be no more discussion of mixing Catholicism with Baptist doctrine, so any other thread begun that heads that direction - or promotes false Bible versions or emergent churches - will also be locked." I anticipate the same result with this thread.
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    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 KJV). One can only imagine what it must have been like for Jacob to wake up that morning after his marriage to Rachel only to find out that her cross-eyed sister was looking back at him across the pillow. Such a thing would be nightmarish in our western culture. I believe that we would be fit to be tied! After the shock wore off, though, Jacob had to abide by the custom of the land. One day, his agonizing wait was over and his truly beloved was by his side, his great desire had come. We that are saved have a great desire and it is found in 1 John: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (I John 3:2-3 KJV). We have a great desire for a coming day when we will be like our Saviour, to be as He is. Until then, our hearts are sick with not only the anticipation of waiting, but with the agony of not being like Him. How our heart melts as we consider that we are still so far from that likeness. Yet, because of our heartsickness, we strive to be pure as he is pure, and Jesus’ Blood is ever near to cleanse us and make us right. Still yet, the pain of our personal failures is heartbreaking. We, as the church, are in possession of a quite blessed hope, as Paul reminds us: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14 KJV). This holds for us both the glorious anticipation of our Lord’s return for us, His bride, at the rapture and the reminder that we will be purified and saved from the very presence of sin. Our heart is often heavy as we watch a loved one leave this world in death, and wish that the Lord had only come already, but we have a hope (assured knowledge) that we will see them again one day, because we “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” But our hope will be deferred, just for a little while. Our hope is a real hope! It is not like the hope I had in a birthday present that I yearned for weeks to possess only to shove it in a closet the day after because the joy was but fleeting. Our hope in heavenly things will far surpass the wonders of it all, when we see our loved ones, when we see our new home, and when we see Jesus! And when we are like Him at last. Father, only You can fill our hearts with a grandeur that the world can never give, and it can never take away. We thank you for the promises of Your Word, and only wish that the lost world could understand what is ours can be theirs by simply coming to You for life. Use us in Your field today, Amen.
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    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish” (Proverbs 12:1 KJV). “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge . . .” If you love knowledge, then obviously you have to love instruction, because that is how you get it. Not a whole lot to that, just a axiom, just a truth, We learn through correction. Learning is often called a discipline. One must discipline themselves if they are to excel in learning a subject. It is not a pleasant thought to think that the pilot of the 747 you are riding in got through his studies by the skin of his teeth, or the doctor about to open up their chest cavity and explore the recesses of your heart was more interested in partying and drinking. We would hope that we are being treated by the utmost of professionals. The best way to learn a trade is to work as an apprentice under a master. That specialized type of one-on-one training is priceless. This is also true of the spiritual life. If we want to learn to please God and be the right kind of believer, we have One that said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29 KJV). He is certainly our example, not to become saved, but to live a holy life after we are saved. Also, Paul tells us, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1 KJV). How many good and faithful pastors have learned more about their trade under the tutelage of the Apostle Paul then they could ever learn from their professors in Bible college? But . . . “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” He’s like an animal. Did you ever try to teach a cow anything? Did you ever try to teach an animal something? I mean other than ‘come’, ‘go’, ‘sit’, etc.? A person that hates reproof is just like an animal. There just isn’t any hope for them. Honestly, what can you do for someone that just refuses to learn? They are only interested in self-gratification, self-preservation, and self-propagation. The best dog you got is only interested in that. When a man won’t learn the principles of life and to be above those things, are no better than animals. “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Our society seems to be geared to appease these brutish people. In our country, an able-bodied, healthy man, can get on government doles and be handed a living while he sits around the house all day collecting a check. He is content to allow hard working Americans to pay his way through their tax dollars, and it isn’t just a handful of welfare recipients, but whole cities full of them. And their only contribution to society is to somehow make it to the polls where he votes for the party which promises to continue to hand him free things. I’ve been in their homes, and in many ways, they are enjoying life and have more things than those that sweat day-in and day-out to earn their living. “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” You take an evolutionist. He is brutish. He will not accept reproof, he will not believe what the Bible has to say about Creation, about God. And so, he winds up being a monkey’s uncle. And that is exactly his own claim—we came from the monkeys. They act like it. You go out here in the world and they dress like it, and they even smell like it. And they look like it. They get more brutish all the time. As a result, they hate reproof and they live for the body and the flesh, and for the lust of it. Father, You have so much to teach us if we have a mind to learn. Teach us that it is far better to be faithful to our convictions and to love Your Word more than our necessary food. Use us, Lord, to reflect You in our daily lives that others might see You in us. Amen.
  18. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    New to Forum

    Welcome BobbyH! Might I guess that that is your church?
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    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14 KJV). Where are there no good and wise counsel? The company break room is one place. A bar is another. There is no proper counsel at the lodge club. To be honest, there really isn’t any place where you’ll find good, godly, and wise counsel other than your local church. And there is like to be no good counsel from any other than your faithful pastor who has been serving up the Word of God to you and your family for a long enough time that you know that his understanding is a grounded wisdom from God. This is, for me, the best argument for attending a church with no more than a hundred or so members, or less. When a church becomes too big, the pastor becomes less and less visible except for when he is preaching. If a man needs wise counsel, he is generally sent to a co-pastor or a Sunday school teacher. When churches reach a certain threshold, perhaps it is time to start a new work on the other side of town. A pastor needs to be accessible. The sheep don’t go around looking for a shepherd, their shepherd is constantly looking after them. Now, this is not to say that a Sunday school teacher can not offer wise counsel, or another faithful brother in Christ, but the pastor should be consulted when a problem is too big. Yet, we are told of a “multitude of counsellors.” That would be at least three, maybe more. But before even going to the preacher, perhaps we should start at the same place where he would begin—the Word of God. Within the Bible you will receive the counsel of a great God. Often, men like David will offer their wisdom, even if it is seeing how they handled a situation wrong—but has similarities to something you might be contemplating. Paul has much doctrinal advice, James will offer his practical advice. There are forty men in the Bible that have something to say and are worthy to be consulted. We can speak to our Lord Jesus Christ, and often the solution to our problems may just be an application of His cleansing Blood for forgiveness accompanied with a cleansed heart and renewed conscience. And, thankfully, we have our constant teacher residing within: “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (I John 2:27 KJV). Father, we thank You for the Word which is a lamp in a very dark world, and a light which removes all darkness and guides us through the night. We thank You for not simply saving us and then leaving us to fend for ourselves, but that You instruct us moment by moment as we walk with You, to keep us from falling and provides safety to us and our loved ones. Amen.
  20. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    “The proverbs of Solomon.” Now we get into the proverbs. The first seven chapters deal with instructions to a son, chapters 8 and 9 are the praise of wisdom, compared to non-wisdom (or stupidity). Now we get into the individual proverbs. A proverb is to “make like,” a similitude or a comparison, to set alongside—to place side-by-side— “like as.” In chapter nine, we see the good woman, the bad woman, the good house, the bad house, good wisdom, bad wisdom—those were compared. Now, instead of going through a whole chapter—he is going to make the comparisons in one verse. Short proverbs. “A wise son maketh a glad father: BUT a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother” (Proverbs 10:1 KJV). Think about that! Why would the father be related to the wise one, and the mother to the foolish? What would be the difference? Generally, when a man is successful the man will take the credit for it. “A chip of the old block,” “I taught him everything I know.” But if that bird turns out to be a turkey, you know what the dad does? He disinherits him, writes him off and goes and plays golf—but that mother broods over the boy, and bears the burden of that individual. I guarantee, she doesn’t forget it, and she doesn’t write him off. The man will just write him off, the man is very pragmatic. The kid turns out to be a success, he’ll take all the credit, but the kid turns out to be a dud—he just writes him off! But that woman, she bore him, she fed him, she’ll never write him off. She’ll bear that “heaviness.” It’ll be a burden to her. She’ll never give up on him. “A wise son maketh a glad father” –true. “but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” –a burden. Parents, the message of this verse is not only directed at your sons, it also has a very strong message for you. The way that you are now raising your kids will have much to do with your own future joy or sorrow. If you are raising an unruly, spoiled child you should not be surprised to reap an unruly, spoiled adult. If your child is not now being taught to respect authority, he’ll not follow the rules of society when he is older. It is sad, yet true, many young men sitting in a prison cell can trace their wickedness back to parents that preferred to let the public school system and its humanistic philosophies direct their paths rather than godly parents and the Word of God. What blessings might mothers be to families, churches, and nations, would they but carefully educate their children from the crib to love the Lord and to desire His Word! It is unnatural and irreligious when they do otherwise. In this is one of the clearest examples of Hosea’s words: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up” (Hosea 8:7 KJV).
  21. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    Superstitious...a poor translation?

    Thank you for taking a stand, NoNic!
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    PROFITING FROM PROVERBS

    The first seven chapters contain advice and counsel to sons. Chapters 8 and 9 deal with the praise of wisdom, and chapter 10 you really begin to look at the proverbs of Solomon. The whole book is a collection of things, called proverbs, but we’ll see in chapter ten that they truly begin in earnest. We’ll see that clearer when we get there, from chapter ten to seventeen. You basically have a homiletical outline in chapter 9. Christ is the Person of wisdom (he is made wisdom to us), the place of wisdom is the Bible (or a Bible-preaching Church), and the price of wisdom is costly (above rubies). There can be no real wisdom without the Lord Jesus Christ. The Person of Wisdom: The only wisdom you will find outside of Christ is a worldly wisdom, which does not come from above—so it comes from Satan. The Place of Wisdom: Most people would not think that the wisdom would come from church. They would say it comes from universities of higher learning or a Seminary. You’ll learn more true wisdom from a local church than you’ll ever learn from any university if you have a faithful man teaching the Word of God. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:20-22 KJV). As we saw yesterday, if wisdom be Christ Himself, then the house of wisdom must be that which Christ built, and He only built one church. It is a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching,, local, New Testament church which is built on the Blood, the Book, and the Blessed Hope of our Lord’s return for His bride. If a church does not preach the Blood of Jesus Christ it is the worst counterfeit imaginable, and its followers are unwashed from their sin. The Price of Wisdom: Priceless. It took the death of Jesus Christ to impart unto us the true wisdom which comes from above (James). To get it, we will have to sell out our all to attain it. Father, I thank You for establishing the local, New Testament church. I thank You for strong, faithful men whom You have called to be their undershepherds. Protect Your church, O Lord, especially from those that are mere hirelings, that see the pulpit as a mere job and not an holy calling. Direct our way this day, Amen.
  23. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    THIS OUGHT TO WARM YOUR HEARTS - FANNY CROSBY

    Amen, "he being dead yet speaketh" also comes to mind when I consider all the old books that are posted over on my web site. Back from the day when men still believed the Bible and were not trying to impress folks with their scholarship. Oliver B. Green comes to mind, he just laid out the Word and let the chips fly. Fanny Crosby is alive and well every time I hear one of her hymns. I suppose having passed from this life into the next, we could say that they are actually having the best time of their life!
  24. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    THIS OUGHT TO WARM YOUR HEARTS - FANNY CROSBY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVbWvxnQ3-A
  25. Baptist_Bible_Believer

    THIS OUGHT TO WARM YOUR HEARTS - FANNY CROSBY

    Here is a 1941 video on the rapture. I don't know about the Mission Fund, but it is pretty good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcWDQ8ru92s
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