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swathdiver

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    swathdiver reacted to Saved41199 in CCM And their influence   
    I don't listen to CCM...never have, never will. 
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Pastorj in Cutting Children off   
    Your children are selfish, depraved, hell-bound heathens who serve their father, the devil.  It is wise to protect yourself from them by separating from them.  Lay down the ground rules for fellowship, if you want any, and stick to them.
    My wife and I are going through something similar with our oldest daughter and I will not allow her sins to become mine/ours.  We still have two daughters to raise for the Lord.  Despite all that we've taught her, as imperfect as we did, she has still chosen the world and rejected the Lord in action but honors him with her lips which is to mock the Lord.  It is a very difficult time for my wife and I now because there is a baby on the way and if we're to honor the Lord and keep ourselves from getting fouled in her sins, we must separate from her to a point.  I hate what's happening to us because of their sins.  I look around and know that we're not alone; the devil is after every one of these kids' soul.  
    I keep hearing that verse, that promise from Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6
    I'm also keenly aware of the price King David paid for his sins against the Lord and fear for them.
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    swathdiver reacted to Pastorj in Is the KJVO "movement" dying?   
    Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown.
    They are conservative with good music. The bus ministry overpowers the church 1700 on the buses and only 2500 total attendance.
    I love the pastor as a pastor, but his messages are nothing but stories. I call it story time with Bro. Bobby. He makes a great conference speaker, but quite frankly, I haven't heard a "Message" in any visit I have made, which has been many since the church was 2 miles from my house and my kids went to the school.
    The assistant is a really good preacher.
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Pastorj in Cutting Children off   
    Your children are selfish, depraved, hell-bound heathens who serve their father, the devil.  It is wise to protect yourself from them by separating from them.  Lay down the ground rules for fellowship, if you want any, and stick to them.
    My wife and I are going through something similar with our oldest daughter and I will not allow her sins to become mine/ours.  We still have two daughters to raise for the Lord.  Despite all that we've taught her, as imperfect as we did, she has still chosen the world and rejected the Lord in action but honors him with her lips which is to mock the Lord.  It is a very difficult time for my wife and I now because there is a baby on the way and if we're to honor the Lord and keep ourselves from getting fouled in her sins, we must separate from her to a point.  I hate what's happening to us because of their sins.  I look around and know that we're not alone; the devil is after every one of these kids' soul.  
    I keep hearing that verse, that promise from Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6
    I'm also keenly aware of the price King David paid for his sins against the Lord and fear for them.
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    swathdiver reacted to Saved41199 in Cutting Children off   
    I need some help on this. I have cut my kids out of my life. Between the three of them they have stolen over 30 thousand dollars from me, antique jewelry (including both my grandmothers' wedding rings and my mother's engagement ring). They constantly tell me what a horrid mother I was to them when the two who have children have abandoned their children (one decided that drugs and partying were more important than her two little girls and the other and his "wife" also decided that being responsible was more than they wanted to do).I know I was not perfect, we had some pretty hard times and maybe I didn't handle things as well as I should have...BUT...all three were taken to church, they all heard the gospel and all three have chosen to reject it. Every time they were down on their luck, I sent them money, bought plane tickets. gave them a place to live, etc. YET...it seems that none of it was enough for them. I am sick at their actions and tired of the abuse (verbal) they unload on me every chance they get. 
    As a side note...my mother was NOT a great mother, she made  it clear she hated my guts from the time I was little...yet...when she had a series of strokes and could no longer live on her own, I took her into my home, endured her baloney, took care of her for 7 years until she died. Why? Because it was the right thing to do, even though, after all those years, I had no real feelings for her whatsoever. Yet, the children who owed me a small fortune would not lift a finger when we had some difficulties and were homeless. 
    Please help me understand...
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    swathdiver reacted to Saved41199 in Is the KJVO "movement" dying?   
    I was trying (and failing) to make an analogy of what our church is like. Sunday morning is often the time we get the most visitors so the sermon isn't quite as "heavy". This is a typical Sunday morning sermon https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=111917133539
    Sunday night https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=115172159229
    Wednesday night https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=118172217531
    They're different sermons geared to the different folks gathered. Sunday morning is a little lighter, Sunday night is a good dinner and Wednesday night is a full supper...Thing is, church isn't supposed to be the only time for the word...there's a certain responsibility for the individual Christian to spend his own time reading/studying/learning. It's not all on the pastor. I can take you to the fanciest buffet here in sin city and if you choose not to eat, there's not a darn thing I can do to force you...same with folks in church. They can go every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, the preacher can be one of the most serious, his sermons can be a PhD thesis every time and if folks don't want to eat, they won't. I can take you to Pho #2 (not a great restaurant) and if you're hungry enough, you'll find a way to make a meal out of it. Stop putting it all on the preacher...it's not all on him. You can sit, play with your phone, day dream and it doesn't matter how great the sermon is...you won't get a thing out of it. 
    My pastor can be quite entertaining...he's funny, he's exuberant while he's preaching, he smiles a lot...are those hallmarks of a crummy preacher? 
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Alan in Making America Great Again   
    Well, the Lord doesn't need them to stop to accomplish his will.  But they are a distraction to Trump.  He needs to keep the Lord first in all things, following Matthew 6:33 and if he does that, besides getting saved, he'll continue having success.  I hope he does not do what George W. Bush did, and that's let the enemy exist when he had the power to politically destroy them.  The Democrat Party is rotten to its core, it belongs in the dustbin of history right alongside communism.  In order to do that though, the education system as it exists must be abolished, it cannot be reformed.  Giving freedom to parents and local governments will allow many schools, not all will want to, to honor God and America's Judeo-Christian values.
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    swathdiver got a reaction from (Omega) in Memory trouble   
    I prayed but isn't getting old normal?  Our kids used to take long naps and get up at 6pm and get ready for school.  I've had trouble with mine more severe in the recent past than at present, I think.  My wife or children would bring something up and I'd be certain unto death that I had no recollection of such until just the right details allowed me to remember.  But I can always remember the torque specs for the engines I used to build, the mean time between failure of the SPS-49V radar, the details of the gas turbine powerplant of a Spruance class destroyer, and other useless things from my past.  
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Alan in Making America Great Again   
    Thus far he's been quite successful despite the relentless attacks from all sides and within his own ranks.  Satan is not happy.  There is only so much one man, or a group of men and women can do on their own.  With the Lord however, they can accomplish anything.  We should keep praying for the President and his salvation, and that of his staff and growing in grace for those who are genuinely saved as I believe VP Pence is.  If they thought people hated them now, what if Trump announced his salvation and started following the Word?  I reckon it'd be similar to what happened after Moses came down from the mount.
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    swathdiver reacted to Alan in Making America Great Again   
    In a recent speech, President Trump outlined that he is placing the national security and financial security of America above the interests of the other governments, ideologies, and the Radical Islamic Terrorists.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/5686534798001/?#sp=show-clips
    In the speech, President Trump outlined two main areas:
    1. In order to protect the American people, we will build a border wall and end, "the endless chain of migration."
    2. Promote financial security for Americans. President Trump said, "Economic security is national security."
    I am of the opinion that the actions, Executive Orders, and agenda that President Trump had already enacted, and is planning to enact, will be a benefit for America and Americans.
     
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    swathdiver reacted to Alan in Making America Great Again   
    BabeinChrist and Brethren,
    I fully understand the faults of President Trump and the degrading power of politics in our country.
    As I have previously brought out on several occasions, and JimAlaska, a Moderator, found it appropriate to agree with my thoughts, that this thread is limited to only the polices of President Trump is doing to make our country great again by defeating the legislative actions of the previous administrations. As JimAlaska, and I have brought out previously, if you want to bring out President Trumps' bad characteristics, associations we do not agree with, and other detrimental characteristics that he has, please do so in your own thread.
    As a polite reminder, here are three of the admonitions that I am referring too:
     
     
    I humbly request that only those policies that President Trump creates that will help America great be brought to our attention. All other issues need to be in another thread as per the admonition of JimAlaska.
    I want to thank all of you for adhering to my request.
    Alan
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    swathdiver reacted to (Omega) in Memory trouble   
    Please pray for me as I am having trouble recalling certain things to memory or get things mixed up. Sometimes my mind is crystal clear and then there are times when I don't even know what day it is. This one time I went to work on a Saturday thinking it was Friday. I appreciate all the prayers.
     
     
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    swathdiver got a reaction from (Omega) in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    The lost man delights in sin, the saved man regrets sinning.
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    swathdiver reacted to (Omega) in Prayer for Jeff   
    A tree is known by the fruits that it produces. I've never encountered such a man or woman who has taken a turn for the better. From a murderer to a repentant man who believes that he is deserving of God's wrath, and asking the Lord to grant him forgiveness and mercy; and to put his entire trust on the finished work of Christ on the Cross -- I would say that he is saved. His testimony is a blessing to all those who have heard it. No one is beyond the reach of God's Grace, and it ires me when "Christians" say such things as, "this man or woman can NEVER be saved because of their lifestyle. They need to understand that it is the power of God that saves them, and not their own merits. The bible says not to condemn, but we can judge righteously. Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (John 7:24). If a person professing to be Christian and robs banks and worships Satan, then we can judge righteously that this person is NOT saved, for no man can serve two masters as the Lord Himself said (Matt.6:24). But please continue to pray for Jeff, and that he continues to grow spiritually and lead others to Christ.
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    swathdiver reacted to (Omega) in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    Unfortunately, Yes! They are more than a dime a dozen in the Bay Area where I live. The congregation can stomach such paganism because they are unregenerate. As the saying goes, "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile." 
    Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Timothy 4:1)
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    swathdiver got a reaction from (Omega) in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    The lost man delights in sin, the saved man regrets sinning.
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    swathdiver got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    When a Christian finds themselves without a New Testament Church, it's the christian's duty to move to where God would have him/her serve in one of his local churches.
    The churches mentioned in Revelations refer to individual churches at the time, periods of the church age, and kinds of churches all throughout the church age.  The RCC was NEVER a New Testament Church of the kind that Christ built and died for during his earthly ministry.
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    swathdiver got a reaction from (Omega) in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    The lost man delights in sin, the saved man regrets sinning.
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    swathdiver reacted to (Omega) in Prayer for Jeff   
    I have just revisited him not too long ago and he has grown spiritually. He prays more than those who profess the be Christian, and has love for even his enemies and prays for them. He also told me that he now has peace with God and looks forward to seeing Him face to face. It brings me to tears to see that he doesn't have too long to live, but at the same time I rejoice knowing that I will meet Jeff again one day in the Kingdom of GOD. It irks me that there are those who despise him and say the he should go to hell because of the things he has done in the past. They fail to realize that God did not come for the "righteous", but sinners to repentance. For the prayer warriors, please pray that God will prolong his life, or he will be cured. I still believe in miracles, and those who reject that miracles can't be performed in this day and age doubt the power of God. Although God does not promise to heal a person every time, He can choose to do so if He decides to do so. Please continue to pray for him.
    I have personally seen WITH MY OWN EYES, limbs grow, and a man who was born hunchbacked have his entire back straightened perfectly right before my eyes. It was a sight to behold, and it wasn't some sort of illusion. He took off his shirt and you can clearly see the miracle at work. I've seen people come back from the dead, a man born deaf, hear; and others who were terminally ill have their condition reversed. It saddens me that there are so many professing Christians that doubt the power of God because of their lack of faith (2 Tim.3:5). I know that there are some cessationist's on this board who do not believe that miracles can be performed today, because I have seen it in their posts before. I have one caveat, as I believe that God can still perform miracles, sometimes He chooses not too, and if miracles can be performed all the time, none of us would ever die, but such is not the case -- but I still believe in Miracles.
    Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27)
    God Bless,
    Daniel
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    swathdiver reacted to WellWithMySoul in Three Grandsons Saved Today!   
    What joy!  Three of our grandsons were saved today!  The two oldest boys (15 and 17 yrs old) are both special needs boys, and that just goes to show how powerful God's love and His truths are and how they can pierce through and not be hindered by those special needs!  The youngest is almost 12 yrs old and he was the first of the three to ask the Saviour to save him.  "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:7).  What glorious answers to this grandma's countless prayers!  I'm rejoicing with tears of praise, and ever grateful in prayer!  Yes, praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    I can't help but to add...
    What an unspeakably joyous thing it was to hear the oldest young man ask Jesus to save him! To be told that his countenance was one of peace and serenity surely wrought the instant longing to join the very angels in Heaven and burst out in joyful song! Glory to God in the highest for all three of my grandsons accepting the gift of salvation! Praise the Lord for my grandsons' momma who led them to Him...and their daddy for also teaching them and desiring that they be saved!
    In the quietness of your heart, if you will sweetly still yourself...you shall hear the RE-JOY-SING (JOY AGAIN and AGAIN!!!) in Heaven over these 3 precious young men!
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    swathdiver reacted to (Omega) in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    Yes ma'am, but I was a little late because I had trouble with my heater and my son was sick. The Pastor seems about my age, or a little younger. It's amazing how Oakland and Alameda are so close to each other and yet they seem like worlds apart. Here is the church's website: http://www.hbcalameda.org/home.html 
    I look forward to going there again next week.
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    swathdiver reacted to Steven Yeadon in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    Thank you for your reply's. I will have to read that article you linked me Jordan Kurecki.
    I thought I was in a solid bible-believing church until I started to read the bible closely to study it. I now ask pointed questions and get responses like "God will fix our doctrinal problems in heaven, so don't worry too much about doctrine" from a church leader I respect highly. I increasingly feel isolated and need to find a church. Jordan recommended one and things have quieted down enough to go to a new church this Sunday. It has taken me time because of my desire to stay at my Southern Baptist church, which is just not going to happen. 
    Also, what do you guys and gals think of Baptist Board? Something feels too confrontational about that board to really try and fellowship well.
     
    -EDIT-
    Nice article, thank you.
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    swathdiver got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    Such as church has left her first estate and turned to entertaining goats and has forsaken the sheep.  Goats probably run the place and it is no longer a place for sheep.  Goats want to be entertained, sheep want to be discipled.  Time to find a New Testament church of the kind that Christ built and died for.  
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    swathdiver got a reaction from BabeinChrist in I've decided to join the Masons   
    I saw that title and was about to grab my keys and a hammer!  Glad you're going to be the right kind of mason!  LOL
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    swathdiver reacted to Jim_Alaska in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    Here is an article by Dr. Henry Ironside that outlines truth of The Eternal Security of  the believer. He puts this together in a scriptural and easy to read manner. Henry Ironside was a well respected and sought after preacher from the last century.
    I am attaching the article to this post. It is my hope that providing this will clear up some misconceptions and bring out the glorious truth that our God is able to provide a salvation that cannot be lost or taken away once it is given.
    ETERNAL SECURITY.doc
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