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About Ukulelemike

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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. Eating apples, however, is a purely subjective things-some people like them, some don't. That illustration is a poor illustration, because what it should be is, Is there any biblical evidence that anyone likes apples? You didn't ask, Why do some people believe they are called to the ministry, you asked for biblical backing for it. As far as I can see, God called people to ministry in the past, God supplies the gifts for the ministry according to His will. Notice, 1Cor 12:28 says "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." Notice carefully, WHO set them in the church? God. HE set the gifts, we should take from that, that He also sets those who will USE such gifts, into the churches as well. Yes, we should DESIRE the best gifts, (the best being prophecy, or preaching the word), but it is God who sets them there, according to His will. 1Cor 12:11 says, concerning spiritual gifts, " But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." It is the Spirit that divides the gifts, as HE will. If we call ourselves, then He gives the gifts according to OUR will. As well, church leaders, according the scripture, have 'the rule' over the churches. As such, would it not be appropriate to assume that, just as God has ordained the civil 'powers that be', that He would also ordain the spiritual rulers? Or does HE choose civil leaders, while WE choose the spiritual on our own? Edit: This is not meant to be a final answer by any means, or a dogmatic statement, just what I had to to write, and continuing the discussion.
  2. So, exercise is good, so we don't get flabby. Except I would assume that our bodies deteriorating and getting flabby, or sick, or experienceing pain, are a RESULT OF SIN!. So, if we hadn't sinned, we would be employed, in the things of God, and we would not be flabby or experience pain, because those are caused by sin and there would be no sin. It isn't rocket surgery here, folks. Also, Adam was properly employed before sin-he tended the garden. Assumably Eve helped in that. Now I admit, when I look at the beauty of the earth, I am always in awe at it-even here in the desert, there is beauty and abundant life. So I can scarce imagine the same place before the curse effected it: no winter, no snow, no death, and with the exception of the water, ALL of it inhabitable, unlike today when maybe 30% is inhabitable, and much of that is harsh and difficult.
  3. Probably pork soup that's been in the crock pot for about a week. Mmmmm.
  4. I do apologize, I did get snippy and that was unbecoming and wrong. I apologize. Ever just have something press your button, a button you never even knew you had? I guess it's just difficult to explain, to find words for. I don't see it as an 'experience' or a 'feeling', and certainly not one or the other was I seeking. Eph 4:11&12 says " And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ " These are gifts given for the use of the churches. SO my question would be, does God wait for us to decide, on our own, to seek a position, as a pastor, evangelist, etc, and then, following essentially our lead, He then gives us the gift necessary to fulfill what we chose to do, or does He seek those He knows will have a willing heart, and convicts us to the work, essentially calls us, and give us those gifts necessary according to His will? Does He follow us in the gifts, or do we follow Him?
  5. All fine and good, however, I didn't see a need and stepped up to fill it, I was at a meeting where the issue had not come up, but for the entire week it was on my mind, not letting me alone. No one had asked, no preacher had preached about it, but I could not get it off my mind and had never given it much thought before myself. BUt it was so heavy on me that I sought out a pastor for counseling on it during that week. I didn't want to be a preacher or a pastor-I am a singer a musician, and that was what I desired to use for the Lord, but I can tell you, at the last meeting of the week I went forward and gave myself into service. You know how people tell of when the Spirit got hold of them for salvation and they just could not but step up and fall down and seek salvation? That is what I went through. And over the next ten years, though I tried to 'reneg' on that, my life fell completely out of control, and everything I went through, y choice or not, (and there was a lot I went through that was not my choice) all led me to where I am now-the people I met, the places I lived. I had never as much as been asked to teach a class, now pastors were asking me to preach, to go into various leadership positions. The only time music fell into it was as the hymn leader in one small church, EVEN THOUGH music was what I planned to do for my ministry. So please don't seek to tell me this was all just somehow MY idea, MY plan, because I can tell you with assuredness, if I had my druthers, I would not be a pastor. And if I didn't KNOW I was called to it, I certainly would not be continuing in it, because it breaks my heart on a regular basis. NO man in his right mind would, I suspect, do this, for no pay, for no earthly benefit, unless they were called to it, unless they are simply lovers of pain. You know how much easier my life would be if I wasn't a pastor? I could put more effort into advancement at my job and make more money and give my wife a more comfortable life, but my time goes toward the work, not the job, but I can't imagine NOT preaching. But apparently in your opinion God nevber speaks to His people in any way anymore, I guess. The Spirit doesn't lead? Does speak to us about the Lord? No longer leads us into all truth? Wouldn't that include the truth of a call from the Lord into some work? God doesn't 'call' to us to be saved? I know we are not to be seeking outside revelation of things not in scripture, but, well, when we pray for guidance in certain situations, do we just NOT expect anything because that would be extra-biblical revelations? john 16:13 says "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." So if the Spirit speaks the things He is told to us, would that not include a call to ministry? Apparently God speaks to us through the Spirit. What does He say? Not feeling; conviction.
  6. Well, Paul and the Apostles were defintiely called by God into their ministries. We see in scripture people all the time being called by God to certain things. I think our way pof looking at them all, like the OT prophets and such, were always like, God knocks and the door and stands there in person speaking audibly. While that DID sort of happen at times, like the OT prophets and others, other times I suspect it wasn't so clear. When Paul and Barnabas were sent by God into the minisitry from the church at Antioch, I would surmise from the context that it was much as some are called today, by the Spirit speaking to those who need to know. When I believe I was called to preach, it isn't in a way that I can clearly put into words, I just knew the need was there and I could not run from it, not for the next ten years until I stepped into my first pastorate. Everywhere I went that call followed me, every church I went to pastors felt inclined to ask me to preach or teach, more and more. So yes I do believe men are called into certain ministries. However, in others I believe ALL are called without having to have a 'calling', like into soulwinning, giving, praying, and seeking a ministry of some sort within a local church-and out of those they may eventually be formally called into something else.
  7. **Disclaimer** Let me say, that in the following post, I, in no way, endorse any of the translations I am quoting, just laying them out for general information and interest. Both Tyndale AND Geneva, early TR texts, used the same word, 'Superstitious" in this verse. Interestingly, in the Pershitta, the two English translations of it say, "you exceed in the worship of demons" A little plainer there. Not quite correct, but pretty plain, lol. I know we don't make a big deal in the various earlier versions of the TR, or some of the later versions, though the Pershitta/Aramaic is technically TR as well, being one of the first translations written after the completeion of the NT, and translated FROM the same. Can't speak for the english translation of it, but it is certainly better than calling them 'very religious', which would seem a good thing. For what it's worth, Luther put it "Paulus aber stand mitten auf dem Gerichtsplatz und sprach: Ihr Männer von Athen, ich sehe, daß ihr in allen Stücken gar sehr die Götter fürchtet", translated "And Paul stood in the midst of the court, and said, Ye men of Athens, I see that you are greatly afraid of the gods" So referencing being afraid of the gods, in context, would also more indicate superstitious fear, as opposed to godly fear. In my opinion.
  8. Oh, my bad. Sorry. I was wondering how you missed that, lol. I think the reason some believe John the Baptist was a Nazarite, was because, first, John's Father is told by Gabriel "For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb." And later, Jesus mentions "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil." I think from these, people assume he may have been a Nazarite. However, I would look at them more as being associated with someone in a position like a priest, as the priests, in the comission of their duties, were forbidden from drinking wine or strong drink. As well, Nazrites were forbidden from eating anything from the grape vine, including wine, grapes and raisins, as well as not cutting their hair, which we see nothing about in John's case, so I see where some believe it might be the case, but you're correct, the Bible really doesn't say it.
  9. Judges 13:7 " But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death."
  10. Wait, you're saying that the Passover, (Pesach) and the feast of unleavened bread AREN'T of the Lord? Then what did the Lord give them to follow for all their generation in Ex 12?
  11. Well I'm not surprised that a church with apostate beginnings, that continues on the rock-n-roll bandwagon, would have an apostate, compromising evangelist come and speak for them, and not warn about apostasy in the churches. That would be like being shocked if Obama didn't warn about the dangers of progressivism in politics.
  12. I understand the desire to make everything a scholarly debate, but much of the Bible isn't really that hard. We don't have to be scholars and masters of grammar to understand the Bible. We go to hell for sin. How does an infant sin? Can there be sin when there is no knowledge of the law, no understanding of good and evil and the results of it? Does an infant have a conscience they are even capable of hearing and following? Yes, for all have sinned-so as soon as a baby is born they have committed sin? I still hold firmly to Romans 7:8&9 meaning exactly what it says. You disagree that it can mean that, but you as yet must do some deeper study to figure out what it DOES mean. I believe it means just what it seems to, despite what you believe to be grammatical difficulties. Your understanding of the subject would mean the Catholics are actually more correct; I guess that we must do all we can to get babies saved from the day they are born, lest they be damned to hell should they die before they can make such a decision. "Hey, baby, when you're done nursing, I'd like to share with you about my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." Maybe we need to reconsider pedobaptism? Or does it fall back to, 'Well, God has predestined them to heaven or hell, so we'll just let God decide where they go." Somehow I can't imagine an infant burning in hell when they have no way to be saved.
  13. A person who has not fallen of the boat has no need to be saved from the wrath of the sea. So a person who has not yet sinned, nor, in the case of infants, even had the opportunity nor ability to sin, there is no need for 'salvation'. One must be need to be saved, to be saved. I don't believe that an infant can be considered lost, therefore, it has no need for salvation. Where there is no law, sin is not imputed. Paul was alive once without the law, but when the law came, sin revivied and he died. It seems pretty clear-that there is not a lot of teaching in scripture on the subject doesn't matter, when the fact has been made clear.
  14. You guys rock.
  15. OKay folks let's keep it clean, no hitting below the belt, if someone goes down get to your corner. Seriously, let's keep to the subject, not fall into error of personal attacks. Otherwise I'll turn this topic right around and we'll go home!