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  1. Then why the crazy post afterward? Just for reaffirmation? LOL I guess we ALL do that from time to time, though. Don't we?
  2. Sorry...no YouTube...real information, please. Thank you for the sources. I'll read these after dinner.
  3. I have been listening to a childhood friend of mine, Pastor Darren Tharp, Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, MO. He's been a great encouragement to me over the past 18 months. https://www.nhbaptist.com I've also been listening to Pastor Redlin of the Pensacola Christian College's Campus Church. http://www.Campuschurch.com CampusChurch.com
  4. So, Jeff, who in what I posted would be the impure people? The passages I posted are to Christians, not to the world.
  5. Source please....I can't find anything on this, nor have I heard anything on it on Christian News or on the regular news cycles. I find it hard to believe that there wouldn't be one article on this event.
  6. That doesn't quite fit with your explanation of not trusting anyone in government. No, we don't have to TRUST government, but, unless there is something unscriptural about what they are telling us to do, we should be following what the government directs us to do. The Bible is pretty clear on that. I'm sure that many of those who were taken into captivity from Israel and Judea didn't agree with the governments that they were under as slaves, but the did follow the laws of those governments unless it violated the laws of God, many of them moving up into positions of authority in gentile governments.
  7. It looks like state authorities and private companies are going to be compelled to force workers to "get the jab" in order to continue working. The Federal Government has already stated that it would have a hard time enforcing a national vaccination mandate. Virginia is the first state that has announced that it will require ALL frontline workers to be vaccinated. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/va-issues-vaccine-mandate-for-health-care-workers-a-first-for-a-federal-agency/ar-AAMA5VK?ocid=chromentpnews&pc=U526 So, it looks like a mandate may be headed towards every person who has declined to get "the jab." It's a sad state of affairs when we are forced to accept mandates for something that isn't necessary. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/private-companies-must-require-vaccines-for-workers-its-the-only-way-to-get-past-covid/ar-AAMzArZ?ocid=chromentpnews&pc=U526 Plus, as I stated somewhere in this thread, the push to force people who are on government health care to take the vax is real. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/vaccine-should-be-mandatory-for-those-receiving-government-healthcare-abc-newss-margaret-hoover-says/ar-AAMAjRB?ocid=chromentpnews&pc=U526
  8. The church I grew up in went from having just under 300 people every Sunday to having over 2K people very Sunday in just a few short years. It brought in many new people and many new challenges that I don't believe the pastor was totally able to handle. Even the associate and assistant pastors couldn't really control a lot of what was going on at that point. Some CCM was being introduced in the youth department, and that was finally "nipped in the bud" by the associate pastor. That brought a lot of tension between the youth and associate pastor. The youth pastor finally left to take another church. The church purchased land to build a new sanctuary, but as other "challenges" popped up, and scandals began to show up in not only the congregation, but showing up in the paper and Christian school the church had started as well, the church decided to pass these problems on to other churches. The membership started to take a hit, many prominent members leaving for other, more contemporary churches. When my family moved to Ga from Illinois, the church was running only 600 people. that continued to dwindle down and is now between 100 and 200 people. I believe it would have been advantagous for our church to have started other churches instead of having so many people in the service. There were several men who were qualified to pastor, but our pastor didn't see the value in losing members to new plants. I've never liked the idea of mega-churches. There is always something lost when an elderly pastor tries to keep up with all that's going on in a huge church, even with associates and assistants.
  9. I used to, though I have never been anything other than a "pulpit filler" for churches who have lost their pastors. That was when we lived in Illinois and in Georgia. I haven't attended one in over 25 years. I hope you have a refreshing time at the Pastors Conference you're going to attend. All pastors need and deserve a time of fellowshp and refreshing! Blessings.
  10. If the coronavirus vaccines are supposed to effective in fighting the virus and protecting people, then why the push for new mask mandates? It seems like double-speak to me! Article about reinstatement of mask mandates in one California county that COULD be coming to your area soon! It's not about the virus, people...it's about control! https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mask-mandate-issued-in-county-where-9-in-10-are-vaccinated-amid-delta-surge/ar-AAMzzwm?ocid=chromentpnews
  11. One tract that I am using at present comes from "Grace to You" ministry...John McArthur. It's called "STOP: Who Do You Think I Am?" It's been a pretty effective tract for me. I use several others as well, but I like this one.
  12. I think the Bible clearly tells us who defines true or "Pure" religion. James 1:24-27 24For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Also see: Galatians 1:8-12 King James Version 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9) As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Sort of puts what "religion" should be according to the Bible. There are many other passages, but I think these will do for the time being.
  13. CNN IS CALLING JOE BIDEN A LIAR ON THE COVID VACCINE: It seems that on Wednesday last, Joe Biden made some pretty blatant claims about the coronavirus vaccines that could not be verified, and even CNN, a very liberal, government controlled media outlet, spoke against Mr. Biden's statements. Their "fact-check" on him turned up evidence of his fumbling the ball again on the truth! Link below! https://www.revolver.news/2021/07/joe-biden-covid-vaccine-misinformation-cnn-town-hall/
  14. How can you do as we're instructed in Titus 3: 1 " 1Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, 2To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." And in Romans 13... 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: God is the one who ultimately puts the powers into control through his own sovereign will to accomplish his own purpose. Not all government is good, but it's there for a reason. If the law directly conflicts with the Word of God, then we should do what we can to fix that...as long as it's Scriptural. Can governments abuse power? Yes, indeed they can. When Daniel and his cohorts were taken into captivity, they stood for God in spite of what was declared by the ruler. Daniel continued to pray and was thrown into the lions den, and the three cohorts refused to bow down and worship according to the law and were thrown into the fire. There are many, many other examples of overreach by government. Still we see people following the commands of God, standing up, and being forced to face unpleasant circumstances. Yet, we find that God always brought them through these circumstances for His glory, either by death or by deliverance.
  15. Using your line of thinking, Jeff, if you were diagnosed with cancer, MS, MD, Parkinsons or Alzheimers, you wouldn't trust the doctors. Right? I think you'd be wrong. There ARE established times when a doctor is needed, otherwise the apostle Luke wouldn't have been a physician, and neither would Christ had stated the only people who need a physician are the sick. Yes, in context he most likely was speaking of spiritual sickness, but it also translates over into physical. I didn't see one truly conservative outlet that BB, posted. And, as usual, you deflected, posting something other than links to what you've been spouting off here in your unintelligible posts. This is what I meant by "plain speech." Not trying to be nasty, but some of us could really understand you better without all of the redundant speech in your posts. Peace to you!
  16. As am I. It seems like evasiveness on BB's part, or just plain forgetfulness. That's not meant to be a slam, just an honest observation. Matthew 25 has a lot to do with it, IMHO. BB, we're waiting for intelligent responses from you, not just google search answers. Most of the things you're posting are liberal drivel. I see no conservative websites, so I can only take it that you're a liberal apologist in spite of the claims of your working in the ministry in the past I'm not saying you're not telling the truth, but, I am saying that I can't see how we're reading the same Bible or serving the same Lord.
  17. The problem with your premise, BB, is that it's not the GOVERNMENTS place to be doing these things. It's the church and the Christians place to be doing them! Being conservative or liberal has nothing to do with it, PERIOD! Christ doesn't say the government should be doing these things, nor do we find that government should be doing it ANYWHERE in Scripture.
  18. You're probably right! I know here, our Governor was against the CV passports, but it's beginning to look this his rhino hiney is changing his mind. I've never trusted the man, especially since he's supported all of the Democrats in our government here until he decided to run for Governor. As a protest vote, I voted for the Democrat who was running against him. He lost miserably! UGH! ( I know I use that word a lot, but compared to what I MIGHT use, it's a lot better! LOL) If it comes to having to have the CV vax, my wife has stated she'd rather be unemployed. Good woman! I've taught her well!
  19. I know that many businesses are now consider mandatory vaccinations for all their workers, or those employees who don't get it won't be working. Plus, many businesses are now starting to suggest that people need vaccination passports or people cannot dine inside. This may not be the "mark of the beast" but it's definitely a dry run at it.
  20. More double talk from the "professionals!" UGH! Wear a mask...don't wear a mask, don't wear a mask....the vaccinations work...but you still should wear a mask! Holy Cow! Will they ever get their lies straight???? https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/the-cdc-says-masks-for-the-vaccinated-are-optional-as-covid-cases-climb-some-feel-differently/ar-AAMxo9j?ocid=chromentpnews
  21. Sounds great! I've tried it that way...and you're SOOOoo right! It's delicious! Tonight, my wife and I are having fried chicken thighs, turnip greens, and a small baked potato! I would love to make some homemade rolls, but I think we'll settle for bread and butter.
  22. I know that the RCC will never change, but you cannot stop some people from trying, especially your elders. They believe they know what's best! INVICTA! Hey, are you the same INVICTA that is/was on the BaptistBoard.com, FundamentalForms.com (used to be the FFF), and other sites I have been on? That name is awfully familiar to me.
  23. Thank you for your suggestions. I will definitely try to find these books and read them. I always like to expand my library when I can. I appreciate that input.
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