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    candlelight reacted to John81 in What makes a Church IFB?   
    IFB churches formed around a hundred years ago by those who sought to remove themselves from the evangelical churches which were drifting. Originally "fundamental" pertained to the five fundamentals of the faith:
    The virgin birth and deity of Jesus
    The substitutionary death of Jesus
    The resurrection of Jesus Christ
    The verbal inspiration of the Scriptures
    The second coming of Christ
    Those are the pillars IFB churches were built upon. Being independent, IFB churches have always had their differences whether in slight matters or more important areas. Rather naturally, over the course of time and with the expansion of more and more IFB churches there grew to be more differences which has brought about various levels of division between IFBs.
    For some time now there have been various "camps" within IFB circles and some of these fissures have grown.
    Some above have mentioned CCM, doctrine and other factors and these are areas which not all IFB churches agree upon and this is causing more splits and such.
    When looking at IFB churches a person really needs to check out the church, the pastor, their positions and such before a person can really know just exactly where they stand because simply having an IFB name doesn't give that answer.
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    candlelight got a reaction from HappyChristian in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    For the past 1 1/2 years I have been hospitalized 3 times for grand mall seizures.  Hopefully the last visit will be my last one.  I spent a week at the Cleveland Clinic where an in depth brain scan was done.  My neurologist said that I haven't been on the right seizure medication since the seizures came back in 1997.  I am finally on the right anti-seizure medication.  He also told me that I was born with seizures.  As a child I had febrile or fever related seizures which went away when I was 12.  These particular seizures are called "Generalized Seizures."  Also, I have been getting horrible headaches since 2001.  I am seeing a group of doctors called "The Drugless Doctors" who have done X-rays on my brain, neck and spine.  I go to them 2 times a week. They are a different kind of chiropractor who work on the body in all kinds of ways, including the brain, the heart, the spine, the digestive system, including upper, lower intestines and more.  Praise God that my insurance covers 80% the cost. I also get massage as well as it is recommended in my treatment.  Unfortunately it is not covered by insurance.  The massage helps with my violent headaches which come on without notice.  They thought they were migraine related for awhile but they are related to stress.  The Drugless Doctors and massage help wonderfully.  Thank you Lord Jesus!
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    candlelight reacted to swathdiver in Has anyone here received teaching on "spiritual warfare" following their salvation?   
    Yes, through the 700 Club.  
     
    Eventually, I'd read enough Bible that taught me to stay away from the spiritual dangers within the 700 Club show itself!  
     
    Three years later I united with a scriptural New Testament Church and our pastor preaches quite regularly on spiritual warfare. 
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    candlelight reacted to Ronda in Has anyone here received teaching on "spiritual warfare" following their salvation?   
    "Beameup": I have never received "teaching" per se on spiritual warfare.  I do know that we do have spiritual warfare from time to time, and I have experienced what I considered to be "spiritual attack"  which has always followed a period where I was devoting as much time as possible to the Lord, to Bible study, and to prayer. When I've led others to Christ and felt a wonderful thankfulness for this, then always a period of what (I consider to be) spiritual attack happens.  It seems the closer a "walk" I have with the Lord, the more problems (of the worldly kind such as unexpected expenses at the most inconvenient times, family problems, health problems, problems with non-Christian people, etc.) arise. That could just be my own experience.... I don't know if others go through these phases of ups and downs that seem to correlate to following Christ as much as possible. 
    Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
    2 Tim 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
    We are also read to be sober and vigilant because the devil is an adversary and seeks to devour.  So yes, I would say spiritual warfare is real. I would also say that pastor Markle's scriptural answers are the ones I have found to be helpful. Put on the full armor of God.  I've also found the following verses helpful when in times of spiritual attack:
    2 Tim. 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
    Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
    Since when I feel "under attack", the first thought to deal with is fear... and when we read the above verses we know that fear doesn't come from God, but from the evil one... so I pray that verse, and then ask the Lord to remove the spirit of fear, and to replace it with His power, His love, and a sound mind that comes from Him. Then I also pray and thank the Lord for the peace of God. Thanking Him always when I feel the spiritual attack abate. 
    I don't rely on any TV evangelist for their supposed "insight"... I haven't found one yet I would recommend. But I also haven't heard any really good sermons on this either (other than putting on the full armor of God). The best recourse (for me) has been the Bible and prayer, and trusting fully in the Lord to carry me through each difficulty.
     
     
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    candlelight got a reaction from HappyChristian in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    For the past 1 1/2 years I have been hospitalized 3 times for grand mall seizures.  Hopefully the last visit will be my last one.  I spent a week at the Cleveland Clinic where an in depth brain scan was done.  My neurologist said that I haven't been on the right seizure medication since the seizures came back in 1997.  I am finally on the right anti-seizure medication.  He also told me that I was born with seizures.  As a child I had febrile or fever related seizures which went away when I was 12.  These particular seizures are called "Generalized Seizures."  Also, I have been getting horrible headaches since 2001.  I am seeing a group of doctors called "The Drugless Doctors" who have done X-rays on my brain, neck and spine.  I go to them 2 times a week. They are a different kind of chiropractor who work on the body in all kinds of ways, including the brain, the heart, the spine, the digestive system, including upper, lower intestines and more.  Praise God that my insurance covers 80% the cost. I also get massage as well as it is recommended in my treatment.  Unfortunately it is not covered by insurance.  The massage helps with my violent headaches which come on without notice.  They thought they were migraine related for awhile but they are related to stress.  The Drugless Doctors and massage help wonderfully.  Thank you Lord Jesus!
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    candlelight got a reaction from No Nicolaitans in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
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    candlelight got a reaction from No Nicolaitans in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
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    candlelight got a reaction from No Nicolaitans in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
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    candlelight reacted to MountainChristian in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    Happy New Year
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    candlelight reacted to HappyChristian in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    Good new year to everyone!
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    candlelight reacted to Invicta in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    Wishing you a blessed new year.
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    candlelight reacted to No Nicolaitans in Sorry I haven't posted...   
    Wow...until now, I haven't posted anything at all this year!  
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    candlelight reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Encouragement for the New Year   
    Be Strong and of a Good Courage
    Joshua 1:6-9
     
     
    1.  Be Strong and of a Good Courage – To fulfill the Lord’s calling on your life.
         Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.”
    2.  Be Strong and of a Good Courage – To obey the Lord’s commandments in your life.
         Joshua 1:7a – “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee.”
         A.  Such obedience means not turning in disobedience either to the right or the left.
               Joshua 1:7b – “Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left.”
         B.  Such obedience means never neglecting God’s Word as the governing principle for your life.
               Joshua 1:8a – “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.”
         C.  Such obedience means continually meditating in the truth and wisdom of God’s Word.
               Joshua 1:8b – “But thou shalt meditate therein day and night.”
         D.  Such obedience means seeking to follow every single thing that God has commanded you.
               Joshua 1:8c – “That thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein.”
         E.  Such obedience will bring forth success in fulfilling the Lord’s calling on your life.
               Joshua 1:7c – “That thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
               Joshua 1:8d – “For then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
               (Note: In this context, “whithersoever thou goest” and “thy way” are equal to “unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land.”
    3.  Be Strong and of a Good Courage – Because the Lord Himself is with you in these things.
        Joshua 1:9a – “Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage.”
         A.  Because the Lord Himself is with you it is wrong to be afraid or dismayed.
              Joshua 1:9b – “Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed.”
         B.  The Lord Himself will be with you specifically for you to fulfill His calling and commands.
               Joshua 1:9c – “For the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
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    candlelight reacted to Invicta in Encouragement for the New Year   
    Joshua 1:6  
    Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
    7  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
    8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
    9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
     
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    candlelight reacted to HappyChristian in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    God is good!
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    candlelight got a reaction from John81 in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    Thanks so much LuAnne.  It is also wonderful that the "Drugless Doctors" are born again Christians.  My in-laws discovered their show on cable.  

    After two trips to the hospital in 6 months of each other, my husband, son, in-laws, pastor and his wife, were so concerned.  Joe wanted answers!  He was so tired of the doctors saying they couldn't find what was wrong with me.  They thought I had some rare psychological illness and planned to use me as an experiment in their studies.  By the 3rd time I had to have an ambulance called.  I can barely remember a thing, except I put natural herbs, that should be swallowed, in an glass of mineral water.  Joe noticed it and knew there was something wrong.  He also says that I have a glare in my eyes like a trance when I have a seizure and I can't speak.  Everything is so confusing.  My neurologist hooked me to monitors and did more extensive testing.  He told me two years ago, when I told him where I had been hospitalized before that he would gather all the information and solve the problem.  I had an appointment with him that week.  He also carried through with his promises.  He couldn't believe how simple the problem was and how it was sitting under the doctors noses the whole time.  He asked me how I had been surviving since 1997.  This was my chance to witness a little to him about Jesus.  I thanked him and told him that God sent him into my life, and that Jesus is my "Great Physician."  I don't think it penetrated as he repeated that they should have done the proper testing and put me on the correct medication.  Praise the Lord this doctor is one of the best in his field.  He is the top neurologist at the CC anyway.  Also, I was so happy to wake up each time to time to the KJV in the hospital room.  The nurses also prayed with me.  What a blessing!
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    candlelight got a reaction from John81 in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    Thanks so much LuAnne.  It is also wonderful that the "Drugless Doctors" are born again Christians.  My in-laws discovered their show on cable.  

    After two trips to the hospital in 6 months of each other, my husband, son, in-laws, pastor and his wife, were so concerned.  Joe wanted answers!  He was so tired of the doctors saying they couldn't find what was wrong with me.  They thought I had some rare psychological illness and planned to use me as an experiment in their studies.  By the 3rd time I had to have an ambulance called.  I can barely remember a thing, except I put natural herbs, that should be swallowed, in an glass of mineral water.  Joe noticed it and knew there was something wrong.  He also says that I have a glare in my eyes like a trance when I have a seizure and I can't speak.  Everything is so confusing.  My neurologist hooked me to monitors and did more extensive testing.  He told me two years ago, when I told him where I had been hospitalized before that he would gather all the information and solve the problem.  I had an appointment with him that week.  He also carried through with his promises.  He couldn't believe how simple the problem was and how it was sitting under the doctors noses the whole time.  He asked me how I had been surviving since 1997.  This was my chance to witness a little to him about Jesus.  I thanked him and told him that God sent him into my life, and that Jesus is my "Great Physician."  I don't think it penetrated as he repeated that they should have done the proper testing and put me on the correct medication.  Praise the Lord this doctor is one of the best in his field.  He is the top neurologist at the CC anyway.  Also, I was so happy to wake up each time to time to the KJV in the hospital room.  The nurses also prayed with me.  What a blessing!
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    candlelight got a reaction from John81 in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    Thank you Alan, John81 and Rosie:)  I give all glory and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for the good doctors he has put in my midst.  In 1998 I was diagnosed by University Hospitals, but the medication they put me on was not strong enough and later they found out that it doesn't work well for seizures.  It was a brand new drug at that time and hadn't really been tested on seizure patients.  This drug is much older, and has had much success in the area for those suffering from any kind of seizure, not just "Generalized Seizures."  Anyway, later I went to a private hospital then Kaiser, currently Health Span in OH and KY, as my insurance changed.  I did gain some weight though.  Lol  For anyone who is curious, the website for the drugless doctors I am seeing is below.  Maybe there is one in your area?  They do wonders!

    "The Drugless Doctors"

    Chiropractic, Family Health and Wellness - They are a "different" kind of chiropractic doctor.  The do not do any cracking, but do stretching techniques and use high tech equipment on all areas of one's back, including spine, hips, and head.  They also work on stomach ailments.  They follow a computer screen with one's X-rays on it to see where the problem areas are.

    www.druglessdrs.com
    Twitter:  @ druglessdrs
    FB: The Drugless Doctors
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    candlelight reacted to HappyChristian in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    That is absolutely wonderful news, candle!
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    candlelight got a reaction from HappyChristian in Praise report and answered prayer...   
    For the past 1 1/2 years I have been hospitalized 3 times for grand mall seizures.  Hopefully the last visit will be my last one.  I spent a week at the Cleveland Clinic where an in depth brain scan was done.  My neurologist said that I haven't been on the right seizure medication since the seizures came back in 1997.  I am finally on the right anti-seizure medication.  He also told me that I was born with seizures.  As a child I had febrile or fever related seizures which went away when I was 12.  These particular seizures are called "Generalized Seizures."  Also, I have been getting horrible headaches since 2001.  I am seeing a group of doctors called "The Drugless Doctors" who have done X-rays on my brain, neck and spine.  I go to them 2 times a week. They are a different kind of chiropractor who work on the body in all kinds of ways, including the brain, the heart, the spine, the digestive system, including upper, lower intestines and more.  Praise God that my insurance covers 80% the cost. I also get massage as well as it is recommended in my treatment.  Unfortunately it is not covered by insurance.  The massage helps with my violent headaches which come on without notice.  They thought they were migraine related for awhile but they are related to stress.  The Drugless Doctors and massage help wonderfully.  Thank you Lord Jesus!
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    candlelight reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Has anyone here received teaching on "spiritual warfare" following their salvation?   
    Do you mean teaching on such passages as Ephesians 6:10-19, James 4:6-10, 1 Peter 5:6-9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Galatians 5:16-26, 2 Corinthians 2:7-11?
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    candlelight reacted to Ukulelemike in Has anyone here received teaching on "spiritual warfare" following their salvation?   
    Over the years, as a believer, I received little what you might call, directed, focused training on spiritual warfare. I have picked up a lot of weird, unbiblical stuff, like "getting rid of generational curses", (ie, why your salvation may not be enough), or anointing everything with blessed oil to rid them of demons, and that sort of stuff.  But mostly, as far as what I teach, spiritual warfare is simply dealing with things from a spiritual aspect, like seeing the enemy behind the enemy, (that guy at work that hates you? He's not your enemy, Satan is) and dealing with these things from a position of prayer and fasting, not in the flesh.
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    candlelight reacted to 2ndTimothy in The Widow's Mites   
    I have been holding off adding anything to this thread but will add to this last thought as my dad was a pastor for all his life. I have seen him many times be a "as wise as serpents but harmless as doves". Several times he would wisely "investigate" the situation of someone wanting help. Both by talking with the askee and sometimes a phone call or two to verify. Some times he would offer a temporary job and the "applicant" would just mysteriously leave. Proverbs 18:13 comes into play( I won't quote it, if you really want to see what it says you will look it up) . Also another scripture I read plays into this .  Proverbs 29:9 reminded me of this thread.
    There was a lion walking through the jungle and came upon a smaller cat. He grabbed him and demanded" Who' s the king of the jungle?" The small cat said , " You  are Oh mighty lion!" The lion felt satisfied and went on and came upon a monkey. He cornered him and demanded "Who''s the king of the jungle?!" The monkey replied shakily "You are oh mighty lion!" Very pleased he went on. He came upon an elephant and confronted him and demanded "Who's the king of the jungle!?" The elephant looked at him and grabbed him with his trunk , shook him and dropkicked him about 2 hundred yards. The lion got up an yelled at the elephant "Well you don't have to get mad cause you don't know the answer!"
    So my question is where do you fit in this story.
    More to the point some one is standing firm in his  own opinion and not bringing ANY glory to our Lord and Saviour.
    There are so MANY things we could talk about that would bring glory to God and edify the listener.
    My other question is where are the moderators in this issue?
    I will not respond any more to this . I will not answer a fool according to his folly and "some men's sins are open before hand and some they follow after" God will answer everything that needs to be answered.
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    candlelight reacted to MountainChristian in The Widow's Mites   
    Luke 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
    2 Chronicles 31: And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute the oblations of the LORD, and the most holy things.
    This is the only other place where offerings of God is used in the whole King James Bible. Note they were of freewill. 
    The KJV translates Strongs G1435 (offerings in Luke 21:4) in the following manner:
    gift (18x), offering (1x)
    This too would lead one to believe it was a gift.
    To help us understand this is two separate thoughts the translators start a new paragraph in Mark at verse 41. And they started a new Chapter in Luke. 
    Matthew 6:24 ¶ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    Matthew 6:25 ¶ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
    The widow lived that statement in front of our Master. I think that is why Jesus raised her up by pointing out she was really the biggest giver.
     
     
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    candlelight reacted to heartstrings in The Widow's Mites   
    1 Kings 17:8-24 Speaks of another widow who gave all she had, in faith. Just like the widow in 1 Kings 17, the widow in Luke 21 was giving all she had in faith too.  As Jesus and the disciples watched,  rich men were throwing in their money and giving of their own free will. The widow threw in her paltry mites of her own free will too. The Bible does not say she was being forced; it says she gave. Jesus was showing the disciples that the amount of money is inconsequential: it's the heart that counts and the widow was trusting God with all her heart. God knew this extraordinary woman was about to do and He wanted the disciples to see it, that's why He was there at that moment in time. It wasn't necessarily to "commend" the woman; it was meant to show us what is lacking in our own hearts. Because no matter what we give, few of us have forsaken all or given all like this widow did.
    Yes, people, rich men, even "clergy", oppress and "devour" widows; we all know that, but that is not the context of this particular passage.
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