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DaveW last won the day on May 26

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  1. Don't count your turtles before they are hatched........
  2. Like I said...........
  3. I guess to answer your question a bit better than just saying "Move", which I know is not always possible........ You really need to just try them one by one - when you visit, let them know that you are looking, and will not make a decision until you have checked them all. Personally, I would stay away from any that refer to themselves as "particular" or "Reformed", as they will almost certainly be Calvinistic. Where I am, any church that prefixes its name with "Free" is also highly likely to be Calvinistic, but I understand it is not always used that way in the US. The point is really that there are some associated with the not so good groups of baptists which are on the better end of the scale, and some who might name themselves right, but are on the wrong end of that scale. You can't tell until you sit in a service. One of the good things about the tech today is that many churches have websites - If you know the name of the nearby churches, then you put that into your search and check them out - the websites are not always accurate, or not always well done, but it gives you an idea. Particularly if you look at their "Statement of faith".
  4. General Baptists came into being when the division was made of Baptists into "general Baptists" and "Particular Baptist" which was a division along calvinsitic lines. The Particular followed Calvin's teaching of a "Particular call to salvation", whilst the General Baptist refused Calvin's teaching and believed in a "General Call to salvation". It is important to note that it was ONLY WHEN Calvin's teaching began to infiltrate Baptist Circles that this division was made - there was no distinction prior to this because the teachings of Calvin were not known among Baptists prior to this. One member here likes to claim that all Baptists were Calvinistic prior to this time, but that is simply not historically true. The division came about in the first half of the 1600's (about 1630-ish). Prior to this Baptist didn't talk about "election" in the Calvinist sense. So it would follow that a church that calls itself a "particular baptist church" should be Calvinistic, since that is the origin of the name. That doesn't mean a "general baptist church" will necessarily be any good, it simply means that they shouldn't hold to Calvinism.
  5. I would move to another area.......
  6. Hmmmm - if you hover your mouse pointer on "jimalaska"'s name in a post, you will see a "send message" pop up under his pic. Click on that and send a PM (That's a private message) to him. Or just wait.... now that you have posted this, he or one of the mods will see it and contact you. Oh, nearly forgot........ Welcome!
  7. Or maybe I am..... Now!
  8. I have never seen an actual real physical altar in an IB church. Normally people come forward to the edge of the platform if there is one, but in some the setting is stadium style where the seats are terraced and the preaching done at ground level, so when the "altar call" is given, the people come down to nothing and kneel on the floor at the front of the call. This is representative of the person presenting themselves IN THEIR HEART as a sacrifice to the Lord. No physical altar........
  9. Funny how threads like this go through cycles - it was months since anyone posted prior to my first post of this recent round, and now even Pastor Markle has posted this time........ What is OLB coming to?
  10. Sorry gotta pull you up on this one. The Bible says: Gen 6:4 (4) There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Notice that there were giants in the earth in those days; and ALSO AFTER THAT, when..... The Giants were not the offspring of "the sons of God" and the "daughters of men", but were pre-existing that event. Those offspring became "Mighty men", "Men of renown", but there is no mention of them being giants. As to Giants: 1Sa 17:4 (4) And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. In 1 Sam, 2 Sam, 1 Chron. Goliath and his brothers are referred to as sons of the giant. A Giant is certainly referred to in the Bible as a large man, but not as anything more than a large man. Six cubits and a span is roughly ten feel tall, which is far taller than the average man today, but it is not far off what has been seen in modern times. Robert Waldo was just shy of nine feet tall. (around 1940) Look at Yao Ming, the Chinese basketballer standing next to Shaquille O'niell and tell me taht he is only 7'6" as stated - Shaq is 7'2" (I think) and is waaaaaay shorted than Yao Ming, Giant in the Bible never means "Jack and the beanstalk" giant.
  11. Now, I fully expect you to be rude to me, and I don't care, but I am not the only one who questioned your meaning with these posts, so unless you are accusing several others here of being ignorant, maybe you should back off a little and take some advice - such as EXPLAINING YOURSELF CLEARLY instead of posting random verses and expecting everyone else to know what you are referring to. My first post here asked you to do just that, but instead of responding properly you showed no respect and answered with a jibe. Then you accuse me and others here of ignorance....... You really are arrogant.........
  12. Ohhhhhhhhhh - I knew I should have made the text smaller so no one would see it, but noooooo would I listen? No, of course not - old stubborn britches here wouldn't listen to good sense would he???????? And look what happens.......
  13. I wonder if I can sneak one in and declare myself the winner?