I read a chapter at least 5 times to get a lot out of it and to study with understanding. A lot of people who use the 1 year reading plans rush through the scriptures and may not get a lot of it with their hasty reading. Reading slowly and carefully has helped me. I am not concerned how long it will take me to get through the Bible.
For me, the church is about 1.5 hours travel time from church to home by public transportation, and from home to work is around an hour. We have midweek on Wednesdays, and I usually go to midweek that starts at 7 straight from work and when I get home around 10 I eat dinner, and this has been challenging often.
Would be good to have midweek service as early as possible, 6:30 is a good time for those who have to get up early the next day. Also, some churches have midweek on Friday nights, and this would also take care of the problem of getting an early start the next day.
An example of the search where nothing comes up - On the right hand of the screen, I have all content checked. If I enter words like baptism or Calvinism, it says 0 results found, and these subjects have been discussed in the past.
In the past, for a topic you participated in, it was highlighted in bold if you had not read new posts yet in that thread. Also, when trying to search for key words in all of the posts, often nothing comes up, whereas in the past, posts related to the keyword came up if you were interested in seeing if there were discussions in the past on a particular topic.
Some so called "Baptists" seem to be just as cultish as the "Church of Christ" groups where they believe a church is true only if they wear a certain label. The trueness of a church is determined by what they teach and if they apply the Bible only to their lives, not by their label. The Bible does not command which label a church has to wear.
Speaking on marriage and divorce, if an unsaved man and woman are living together, and they have children out of wedlock, and the man eventually becomes saved, but the woman does not, the question is what should the man do. If the man marries the woman, that would be being unequally yoked, and could lead to temptations to divorce in the future. If the man leaves the woman rather than getting married to her, what would he have to do with his children? Some people strangely believe in this situation the man should marry the woman, even though there is an unequal yoke.
Someone can be saved and not have every theology all together. However, there are many in our evangelical and fundamentalist churches who live just like the world does the rest of the week and put on a show on Sundays. They are not in their Bibles, they don't share the Gospel with others, etc. Those we need to question, as the Bible says the sheep will follow Christ.
Sounds good. I was wondering, when you send letters to the false churches, do you tell them they are false and give your contact information to discuss further? A while ago, I sometimes went to the directory and sent letters/tracts arbitrarily to the people I found addresses for.
I use my own Gospel tract that I have composed. It does not have a prayer, but goes heavily into repentance and the difference between a true Christian and a false Christian. Majority of people in the US who call themselves Christians are nominal and are not saved.