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About Ukulelemike

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    Preaching, drawing, singing, ukulele, goats, herpetoculturism.
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    Pastor of a small IFBaptist church in NE California, raise goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits. Play ukulele and sing. Sometimes TO my goats.

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  1. Personally, I have moved more along the lines of thinking that the Beast will come as the 12th Imam-Islam has gained great strength and influence around the world today-there is an amazingly demonic influence in the world today in reference to Islam-how many crazy feminists and homosexuals are out there decrying 'Islamaphobia', upholding Sharia law, as though it will somehow better empower them, while at the same time, women who have been rescued from Islam speak frankly of the mistreatment of women at their hands-genital mutilation, honor killings, having acid thrown in their faces, raping them, then stoning them for adultery. Homosexuals are gleefully and publicly thrown from the tops of buildings and murdered in other ways. yet these very persecuted people are wanting desperately to embrace them. Christian groups, so-called' are doing the same thing, insisting the Muslims are no different than we, that Allah is the same as the God of the Bible, while they publicly and gleefully murder entire Christians churches and cities. How is this NOT the work of Satan? It seems the perfect set-up: The beast comes in the guise of the 12'th Imam, with "Jesus' tagging along as his prophet, (just as they say he will)-and the false prophet seems to be as well an imitation of Jesus, being said to have horns like a 'lamb'-so Jesus comes along, too. the beast declares an end to the hostilities against Jews and Christians, and of course, the Muslims will listen to the Imam, their messiah, while Jesus calms the hearts of the so-called Christians, insisting that it is all part of God's wonderful plan, heals some people, does some miracles, and everyone swoons. Except TRUE born-again believers, who I believe the Lord will give them the discernment to see through it. Then the beast authorizes the temple to be built in Jerusalem, (who else could get the cooperation between the Muslims and the Jews?), so the Jews declare him to be the Messiah, and the sacrifices begin again. until he walks in and declares himself God and demands sacrifice. But, this is all just a thought, Clearly I can't make it a set doctrine, but it makes sense. To me, anyways.
  2. Simple: I won't be watching it at all, though I have considered prayerfully reading it, to better address the problems with it, rather than just reading what others have said about it.
  3. The point is, of course, it isn't Bible, I mean the cleanliness thing-it is worldly wisdom. John lived in the desert and wore a girdle of camel's hair-I suspect he wasn't the cleanest guy around. Elijah lived next to a brook for a while, that slowly dried up, and I suspect he didn't waste much bathing. And yet these were godly men. As well, certain preaches were known to not be particularly orderly people, and were greatly dependent on their wives to hold things together. Billy Sunday was one, as I recall.
  4. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Therre's one for you. Or ever have someone talk about the 'seven deadly sins'? As if all the others we less deadly? I actually got somewhat caught up in this, deciding to look into gluttony, biblically, (after being accused of being a glutton, due to my manly girth). And I tried to find the list of those specific sins, even though I knew I had NEVER actually seen such a list or heard a sermon on it, thought I would kake sure of myself. Sure enough, that's a Catholic list. Gluttony is nothing worse than any other sin, as ALL of them will drag a soul to Hell without Christ. As for 'eat, drink and be merry', that IS, indeed, in the Bible, in John 12:19--it just isn't an endorsement, but a warning against trusting in uncertain riches.
  5. I don't think I can explain it any better than this-thank you.
  6. I admit to liking special music, probably because I grew up in a family of singers and so from a relatively young age, did special music. However, it really needs to be just that: special, as in, not 3 songs in a standard service of just specials-make them special, once in a while. I miss doing the occasional special-a friend and I used to sing once in a while in my church I am in but since I am the pastor, I generally don't do them because it feels like it becomes "The Pastor Mike Show!" My wife disagrees, but she's my wife and likes to hear me sing, lol. Now, special meetings, confrences, and such, hey, special music is great but don't overdo it even there-I went to see a speaker last summer at a church and he had four sessions with breaks between, but before and after they had a group sing three songs, so out of like 1-1/2 hour sessions, he got to teach for like 20-25 minutes-we missed a lot.
  7. I agree and therein lies my issue-it just seems like some people are always sick-and really, they are: it isn't an excuse for skipping service, and I just don't know HOW these young people should be sick all the time. How is it that a fat old man like me can get sick MAYBE once per year, if that, get over it in a couple days and be back to work, while these youngsters are in their 20's and 30's, and are just so weak and sickly. And i had never really considered the warning Paul gives. Clearly I can't know for certain, but thought it might be worth mentioning so they can discern themselves.
  8. And I completely agree with that-and in that, each person is to KNOW they were called by the Lord to that position, and are as important as the call of God to be a pastor. In our church, I teach that each believer has something that the Lord has for THEM, specifically, to do, each person has a (potential?) call to ministry, and it is up to each of us to make ourselves useful to the Lord and seek that calling. When I answered the call to ministry, I didn't answer to be a pastor, I answered to ministry, because I believed God was calling me--I just didn't know to WHAT He was calling me. So, from that point I began to get busy in whatever was needed: I taught sinday school, to kids and adults, worked in the choir, on the bus, whatever I could find to do, until in time it became clear to me that I was to be a pastor. Again, HOW it became clear, I can't really explain it, though in my case, all those aspects of ministry I worked in, each gave me some experience that I have used as a pastor where I am. But I believe that when we prepare for ministry and open ourselves to the Lord's will and leading in a calling, he will place you where HE wants you.
  9. I am not seeing it as a 'religious' event, perhaps more a recognition that King was a preacher as well, so definitely not ecumenical in nature. And i DO consider it a blessing, and I plan to go and pray. Gives me an opportunity to look up some of his speeches and really see where he was, not just the typical "I Have A Dream" speech.
  10. So, I received a surprise today: I got a call from a lady on the base here where I work-I am going to speak race for a minute because it is part of the subject. It is a black lady on the base, a lovely Christian woman, and she is, I guess, in charge of the base's Martin Luther King day event, and she called to ask me to give the prayer for the event. Now, it is to me an honor, because, despite all the controversy around MLK, and I know there is a lot on both sides, from what he spoke, I agree with his message, that race should not play into everything in human relations-but as many know, there are still those, on both sides, who don't see it that way, and use the name of King to continue a great racial divide in the country, (in case you've had your eyes closed the last eight years here in America). Now, generally-speaking, I don't see a big racial issue oin the area where I live, or among the employees, but I admit to wondering if there will be those who will have a fit over a white man giving the prayer at an MLK (to some a 'black' event) event. Still, I look forward to it, because I believe the Bible is clear that the Lord created all men of ONE blood, and if people could embrace such a truth, and understand how unimportant, in this day and age, skin color is, things might be a little better.
  11. 1Cor 12:28-31 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. I think this kind of answers the question at hand. Clearly here, we see that it is GOD who set these in the church, including prophets, who today would be pastors. That all these things are not around anymmore, like apostles and such, doesn't change the fact that it is God who is said to set officeers, (if you will) in the churches. That the Bible doesn't explain HOW these people are all called and given their mandate and abilities doesn't change the fact that it is God who sets them, therefore calls them, and apparently, HOW it is done is between Himself and those He calls, perhaps to keep from more false callings. This way, those who are called KNOW they are called, even if they can't explain it clearly for those not called.
  12. Roses are red, violets are purple, sugar is sweet, so is maple surple.
  13. I have been thinking about it, because members of my church seem to be sick an awful lot lately, and since with some, I suspect they are not being entirely honest about some things in their lives, it makes me wonder if, since they may be harboring unrepented of sin in their lives, if this might be a problem and possibly be causing them to be ill. Granted, the context seems to point at the church, as a whole, (as you say, a true church, not false), celebrating it incorrectly, and ultimately in a self-centered manner, so their person issues between themselves and the Lord may not be an issue. However, the scripure also says that each man is to examine himself-so it isn't just how the church as a whole is doing things wrong-but somewhere, individuals are doing it wrong. Perhapos that may speak to the people who eat and drink and get drunk to the exclusion of others, and call it the Lord' Supper-or does it refer to their person heart issues that they must examine and judge? The scripture actually seems pretty clear that it is dealing with the manner and selfishness issues, I only bring it up because I have heard so often that we are to examine ourselves for unrepentanted-of sin. So curious what others think of it. If my foolks are getting sick because their hearts aren't right when they take the supper, I need to be prepared to warn them properly.
  14. 1Cor 11:27-31: "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." I have been looking into this, (along with, of course, the preceeding verse on the subject) and have been thinking about where it says here that, due to improper use of the Lord's Supper, that many are weak/sick, and many have died, specifically from that. I wonder, is this something still in effect today? Any thoughts? I wonder because we routinely see the Lord's Supper greatly perverted by such as Catholics and others who do the whole eucharist thing, as well as churches that do exactly as the Corinthian church did, and have 'love feasts' in which they have a big group meal and add the Lord's Supper in as part at the end of beginning. Yet we see no evidence of people being sickened on a large scale, or dying, unless it happens and we just don't connect them. Or was this a first-century example that doesn't occur anymore, like the deaths of Ananias and Saphira? Thoughts?
  15. You haven't gone CCM and worldly on us, have you brother? lol