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    swathdiver reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Missionary School   
    Thanks to everyone who prayed for me regarding this, God has provided all the funds I need to be able to go to BBTI. I fly out on Wednesday :)
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in Repairs   
    Last weekend, the controller on our well pump went out. The capacitor had melted down. I went to town, bought another, and installed it: quick fix.
    But yesterday morning, the points (contacts) on the pump's pressure switch burned out on one side so there were no baths until I got home from work with a new unit.
    I changed it out after dark with my sweetie holding the flashlight. The parts on a farm's well do take a beating. Surprised this one lasted as long as it did. 

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    swathdiver reacted to Jim_Alaska in Repairs   
    It is amazing just how long these parts actually do last considering the heavy use they get on a constant basis. The pressure switch on my pump is at least 25 years old and never been replaced.
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    swathdiver reacted to HappyChristian in A request for rain   
    Ok...I didn't want to miss wishing you happy birthday if it were so!
    Maybe happy 36th hurricane/58th tropical messes instead?
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in A request for rain   
    Well, ironically my county got the most rain but Fort Myers was closer to the eye and got more wind.  I believe their cell towers are down as a fella on another forum has yet to hear from his uncle.  They are without power in most parts too.  This is why we still maintain a landline phone in our home.  
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    swathdiver reacted to Invicta in A request for rain   
    A few years ago my wife and my cousin and her husband went to visit a farm where we were evacuated to when war was declared in 1939. War was declared on Sept 3rd and we were evacuated from London on 6th Sept.  My cousin said she spent her 6th birthday in the fields with orange squash and cakes on Sept 9th.   She said there was a pond near the entrance which she fell in the first day, and there we chickens and other farm animals around.  
    She said I am going to knock, which she did and said we were evacuees here in the war.  The farmer's wife said come in and offered us tea and cakes,  In the conversation that followed she said she was German. When the farmer arrived home he told us about the pond and that it was used to clean the horses hooves after they returned from the fields. In snapshots I had of me in the fields (I was one and a half  when was was declared) the were meadows with wild flowers growing in them.  You rarely see that now. There is a campaign to try to get meadows like that brought back.
    Hedgerows which harbour beneficial wild life have been removed and great open fields have been created. Although we still have hedgerows around the edges of fields in many places.
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    swathdiver reacted to Invicta in Climate change   
    About 15-20 miles from here is an area known as the Isle of Thanet.  It was a major cauliflower growing area for decades or more. One of the growers said the supermarkets recently would not even pay the price it cost him to produce them, so he rented his fields to a company called Thanet Earth.  They grow toms and cues by hydroponics all the year round most are tasteless. There was a news report on light pollution in the area and they showed a photo from space and Thanet Earth could clearly be seen as brighter than anywhere else in the area.
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    swathdiver reacted to Invicta in Climate change   
    I think most tomatoes and cumbers grown under glass are grown with hydroponics.  The current fad is tomatoes ripened on the vine.  They look great, smell good but are watery and tasteless. There are some exceptions but they are expensive.  Fortunately I have had a good crop of toms from my garden this year, but the ones I grew under glass were a disaster.  
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    swathdiver reacted to RSS Robot in Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes   
    Friday Church News Notes
    ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER SEEKS RUSSIA’S HELP AGAINST IRAN (Friday Church News Notes, September 1, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In his meeting with Vladimir Putin on August 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought Russia’s help in resisting Iran’s growing influence. Netanyahu told Putin that Iran’s growing presence in Syria is deeply concerning because it has vowed Israel’s destruction. Netanyahu said, “Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating Islamic State, and this is a very important thing, but the bad thing is that where the defeated Islamic State group vanishes, Iran is stepping in. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. ... Read More View the full article
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in 3D Printing   
    Well, the printer(parts) came in, and my Grandson and I began assembling it at the kitchen table. I finished it up, wired it, and loaded the control software on my laptop but it would not communicate with the machine. Seems the software was configured to load the driver(a separate program) into Windows 7 only; Why I have no idea. So I had to download a copy of the driver from a website and install it manually. The trick was in corresponding with the folks in China, who only check their email late at night.......from our perspective.......and through a lot of not-so-good English and most of the instructions they sent in Chinese characters, I finally obtained the right driver. It's working fine now. :)
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    swathdiver got a reaction from Roselove in Early church eternal security   
    I'm late to this party and did not read all of the posts so please forgive me if this has been stated already.  We have the writings and know of the goings on with the early churches through Paul and apostles who helped to complete the New Testament.  And we know that it always teaches eternal security.  We know that they taught eternal security as did the church at Antioch until the late 400s or 500s.
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    swathdiver reacted to Roselove in Early church eternal security   
    Whoa! Now, that is very amazing! God works in mysterious, ways. Just as He, said! 
    I believe God gave me a very wonderful sign, once. My dad died about 3 years ago, I wasn't sure if he was saved, he believed the Gospel, read the Bible, prayed, etc., but he was mentally ill, he didn't like going to church because he generally just didn't trust people and he had some strange understanding of some things in the Bible, like he didn't believe that he sinned anymore (because he didn't trespass against people) idk, I didn't really understand what he was talking about, but he did admit that he indeed, has sinned. Anyway, i was still very worried about him. I prayed very hard to God and I asked Him, "Please, show me if my dad, is okay!" It was about 4 days after he died that we got to view his body. He was smiling, I thought the mortician did it, so i asked them because it disturbed me that they would do that, but they said they are not able to do that, the face sets, as it decides to set. Also I learned about rigor mortis (i think it's called), some say a corpse can smile due to muscle tension, during this, but it wouldn't last anywhere near, 4 days. Everyone at the funeral, noticed, and one of the guest's brothers was a mortician, she said she'd never seen this before. I took this as a sign, from God, that my dad is okay. I had no idea how God would show me, I thought I might just have to wait, but I'm trusting that this was something God showed, me. 
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    swathdiver reacted to No Nicolaitans in Early church eternal security   
    The Lord is good and greatly to be praised!
    It's somewhat funny to me personally...the scar that I have from where the surgeon cut away my dead flesh from the flesh-eating bacteria is shaped like a cross.
    There's a spiritual significance in that. :)
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    swathdiver reacted to Roselove in Early church eternal security   
    My heart goes out to you and your family, I'm so very sorry that you all are having to endure, all of those things. :(  I appreciate that you were willing to share those things. 
    You're right, I'm trying to remember that everyone goes through terrible things, in this life. It kind of reminds me actually, of the verse about the devil being a roaring lion and that others are going through the same afflictions that he brings. So I, nor anyone else, should feel that we are alone in our struggles. And that God is the one that has the strength, to help us through them.
    I'm trying to keep these things, in my heart.
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    swathdiver reacted to RSS Robot in Way of Life:A Private Prayer Language?   
    A Private Prayer Language?
    Pentecostals and Charismatics often teach that there are two types of tongues described in the New Testament: the “public language tongues” of Pentecost and the “private prayer” tongues of 1 Corinthians 14:4 -- “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.” Some call this distinction “ministry tongues” and “devotional tongues.”
    Early Pentecostal leaders understood that biblical tongues were real earthly languages. They even thought they would be able to go to foreign mission fields and witness through miraculous tongues without having to learn the languages. Those who attempted this, though, returned bitterly disappointed!
    “Alfred G. Garr and his wife went to the Far East with the conviction that they could preach the gospel in 'the Indian and Chinese languages.’ Lucy Farrow went... Read More View the full article
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    swathdiver reacted to HappyChristian in Why do we not hear a National call to Pray for the People of Texas?   
    @Gismys - I wanted to let you know that I edited your opening post to include the additions that you put in the second thread you started on this same topic, and the second post you made in this thread. Please refrain from doubling and tripling posts. Thanks.
    There is only one politician that I've heard mention praying for Texas, and that is Ted Cruz (he spoke of himself and his wife praying for Texas). I don't think we should require, though, that any of our public servants call us to prayer. We should simply be praying about it, as Invicta (who isn't even American) said they were doing.
    A good friend of mine is in TX visiting family...what a time for a surprise visit. But there is tragedy in the visit. Her 84 year-old great uncle's vehicle was swept away in the flood, killing 6 people - all  that were in the vehicle were her relatives. Her name is Sherry, if folks would take a minute to pray for her family. 
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    swathdiver reacted to Jim_Alaska in Why do we not hear a National call to Pray for the People of Texas?   
    I heard just such a call in my church this morning. As Independent Baptists our leaders are our pastors, many of them are not on national media. Independent Baptists do not have "leaders" like denominational churches have, we are Independent so we do not have leaders such as you think of them, men who seem to speak for the whole denomination.
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    swathdiver reacted to RSS Robot in Way of Life:Paul Chappell’s Son’s Contemporary Church Plant   
    Paul Chappell’s Son’s Contemporary Church Plant
    Paul Chappell's youngest son, Matt, has started a contemporary church called Rock Hill Church in Fontana, California.
    Paul ordained him for this work on April 25, 2016, and has tweeted praise for the new work.
    In a blog at the founding of Rock Hill, Paul Chappell tweeted, “Thankful to hear from our son Matt tonight how the Lord is already working as they are planting Rock Hill Baptist Church in Fontana, CA.”
    When Paul tweets or blogs about Matt for his conservative preacher crowd, he shows the young man wearing a tie, but the real Matt is not a tie guy. He is a scruffy beard, skinny jeans guy... Read More View the full article
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    swathdiver reacted to Evo in New Member   
    Hi, I'm just a 17 year old girl from texas. I never went to church my whole life until i was 13 and it was too a mormon church. I always knew something was up about it and I personally never liked it, then my dad found out everything about them so we never went again and we were there less than a year. I never even knew what church or jesus or anything was then..Years went passed and then my dad went to kansas for 6 months and found this independent fundamentalist baptist preacher named Pastor Steven Anderson! He listened to him and he liked what he said and he got saved. Then he found out that there opening up a church in my city! (san antonio, texas) called Old Path Baptist so we been going there ever since and me, my mom, and sister all got saved! we believe in the kjv only and we soulwin every sunday! and there's some great hard preaching! and well that's my story...thanks for reading!!
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel   
    Nobody killed Christ.
     John 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
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    swathdiver reacted to RSS Robot in Way of Life:Clothing is a Language   
    Clothing is a Language
    It is important to understand that clothing is a language. It is a “social message,” a fashion “statement.”
    Wikipedia defines fashion as “a prevailing mode of expression.” It acknowledges that “every article of clothing carries a cultural and social meaning” and observes that “humans must know the code in order to recognize the message transmitted.”
    The knowledge of this is the engine that drives the fashion industry, and the child of God needs to understand it, as well.
    I need to ask myself what message is my clothing broadcasting?
    American fashion designer Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” (goodreads.com).
    “Clothes change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us” (Feminist writer Virginia Woolf, Orlando , chapter 4).
    “Choose your clothes for... Read More View the full article
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    swathdiver reacted to RSS Robot in Way of Life:The Human Hand   
    The Human Hand
    The following is excerpted from “Made in His Image: The Connecting Power of Hands,” R. Guliuzza, M.D., Institute for Creation Research:
    “Human finger movements excel in precision and speed . The average time a person takes to make a common choice between two things is about half of a second. But rapid finger motions are much faster--in fact even faster than is physically possible using only the body's sensor-to-motor loops. To obtain the highest possible finger speeds, sensors and conscious thought are augmented in the brain with an anticipatory function for individual finger movements called a forward plan , which is extraordinarily complex and significantly subconscious. Evidence shows that the central nervous system predicts the best outcome of every finger movement several movements ahead of its current state. Thus, skilled typists will visually process up to eight characters in advance and then--in anticipation--the forward plan for muscle movements will commit the finger muscles to an action about three characters in advance of actually... Read More View the full article
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?   
    You never ask anyone to pray for you? I do. Sometimes, when I feel pretty low, and don't feel like I could get a prayer through, I think (thought bubble)......"maybe my brother here is closer to God than I am, and can get a prayer through for me" sort of like this......
    .....Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3
    and so........
    13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    The brother was of a humble spirit, and instead of getting all haughty and prideful about it, he showed the fear of God (The beginning of wisdom the Book says) and he simply asked them to pray. So I still believe I'll meet old Brother Simon up there. :)
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?   
    Perish is also used for simply "dying". 
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    swathdiver reacted to heartstrings in Was Simon the Sorcerer saved?   
    Invicta. The Bible says that old Brother Simon "believed". Have you ever sinned or been "overtaken in a fault"? I have. He was rebuked, bro, and instead of rebelling, he repented in fear and asked for prayer. Sounds like a brother in Christ to me.