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Pastor Scott Markle

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About Pastor Scott Markle

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  • Birthday 08/13/1971

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    Melvin, MI
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    My name is Scott Markle, and I have served the Lord my God and Savior in pastoral ministry since 1992. I have served as the pastor of Melvin Baptist Church, a small country church in the Thumb area of Michigan, since 1998. I have been joyfully married to my beloved wife Kerry since 1993; and we have been blessed of the Lord with two sons, Padraic and Westley.

    My life-verses are Philippians 3:8 and John 15:4-5. "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ." "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in, and I in him, the same bringeth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." The burden of my life is to pursue "the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" and to walk daily abiding in Christ, and Christ in me.

    Concerning all my ministry, it is the burden of my heart to exalt, not myself, but the name of Jesus Christ and the truth of God's Word. It is my burden that Christ must increase, while I must decrease. Therefore, I maintain the policy that my name, as the author of a book, must remain smaller, while the phrase, "For the Glory of the Lord," must stand larger above it. Thus far the Lord our God has graciously allowed me to self-publish three books and a three booklets, as well as to produce a line of Scripture memory cards, which all can be purchased at my website: www.shepherdingtheflock.com. In addition, I maintain a monthly Bible study blog at that website.

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  1. is surrender required for salvation?

    I would approve the basics of the Brother Van Gelderen's answer. I would suggest that a more full answer would require that the details be "fleshed out" a bit more.
  2. Preaching Preference

    Brother Daniel, Thank you for your response. It appears that you and I would agree that our Lord Jesus Christ was not a "fire and brimstone" preacher if that phrase is intended to classify the STYLE that the phrase is so commonly intended to describe today. I still remain curious, simply for the sake of thought and discussion, how we might classify other styles of preacher. We often hear about the "fire and brimstone" style of preaching, but we really do not hear a classification for a style that is not a "fire and brimstone" style. If preaching is NOT a "fire and brimstone" style, what is it instead? Indeed, I am aware that "preaching" terminology is found in the King James translation as translation for the Greek "kerusso" family of terms. In addition, "preaching the gospel" terminology is found in the King James translation as translation for the Greek "euangelizo" family of terms. However, even combining both family of terms, I believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is described as being a TEACHER and as engaged in TEACHING approximately two times as much as being a preacher and as engaged in preaching. It is interesting to me that when we want to talk about the responsibility of pastors in "the ministry of the word," we run to the preaching passage of 2 Timothy 4:1-4, but we ignore the apt to teach passage of 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and the apt to teach qualification for the pastor as given in 1 Timothy 3:2. I have not yet done the study, but I wonder what the comparison would be between the responsibility to preach and the responsibility to teach as presented throughout the pastoral epistles.
  3. Preaching Preference

    Brother Daniel, It appears that you have classified our Lord Jesus Christ as a "fire and brimstone" preacher because of the CONTENT of His preaching. Yet most today employ the description of "fire and brimstone" preacher concerning the STYLE of preaching. Do you believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was a "fire and brimstone" preacher in relation to the STYLE that is so commonly classified by that phrase today? By the way, what would you classify as the opposite type of preacher and preaching from "fire and brimstone"? Indeed, what would you classify as the listing of various types of preacher and preaching in addition to "fire and brimstone"? Furthermore, have you ever studied the difference in usage between the teaching/teacher terms in relation our Lord Jesus Christ and the preaching/preacher terms in relation to our Lord Jesus Christ? I believe that you will find that our Lord Jesus Christ was described as a teacher or as one teaching approximately two times as much as He was described as a preacher and as one preaching. I believe that it is also worthy to notice how many of those preaching/preacher descriptions are used specifically in relation to the proclamation of the gospel message itself.
  4. I have often wondered where this was ....

    OH, NO!!!!! My wife just looked online to purchase some of this (as a joke for our revivalist-evangelist friend); but she discovered that they do not sell it in the United States. No revival for us the easy way. Guess we have to continue pursuing the hard way.
  5. I have often wondered where this was ....

    I have been burdened for revival among God's people in America for so long, and now I learn that a company can simply package it in a spray bottle. YES! So much easier than fervent prayer, broken heartedness, humble repentance, self denial, obedient dependence, etc.
  6. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Well, yesterday afternoon I started working on my final installment of review for the article. However, then I had a sump pump problem that stole away a number of hours from my schedule. Will continue to attempt a completion within the next week.
  7. Saved in 3 tenses?

    Rose, I am sorry that I have not been able to do so lately. The last few months have not been friendly to my schedule. Please let me see if I can find an afternoon to do so within the next week. Also, I do have an answer in answer to your question about the parable of the prodigal son.
  8. Attention Bible Scholars

    Well, Brother Jim, at first I could not find the reference either, because Rosie gave a small misquote, using the word "came" instead of the word "come." However, I DID already know that there was a verse somewhere that used some type of phrasing like she quoted.
  9. Attention Bible Scholars

    Exodus 7:15 -- "Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand." "Against he come" in this verse means "to get there before Pharaoh did in readiness for Pharaoh's coming" (as if in preparation to move in opposition against him as soon as he approaches).
  10. Need Help with Attachments

    Brother Matt, I never did figure out how to include an attachment in private messaging. However, around the same time of my struggle, the question that I was seeking to answer with my pdf was asked in public forum; and I did know how to include an attachment in the public forum. So, the primary need was resolved. On the other hand, if there IS a way to include an attachment in private messaging, I am still interested to know how.
  11. Helping the needy in local churches

    Hmmm. They will have to get rid of me somehow before this is permitted. I would fight it "tooth and nail."
  12. Helping the needy in local churches

    Yes, as a pastor, I follow more of that manner of practice. I pastor a small country church of approximately 45-50 people, so my examples will be within that context, rather than in the context of a significantly larger church. 1. Once a month, when we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we also take up a special offering for a Benevolent Fund. The monies within the Benevolent Fund are then distributed at the discretion of the pastor (myself) and the two deacons, wherein there must be complete unanimity between those three individuals concerning to whom and how much. 2. One of our ladies has the ministry to organize other ladies to provide meals when a member is hospitalized for some reason, or undergoes surgery or some other health procedure that would hinder normal function. This lady seeks for volunteers to provide a meal, and then organizes the daily schedule for such. 3. If one of our members (or another church or believer with which we have fellowship ties) encountered an immediate financial need that could not be handled by the Benevolent Fund , I would probably suggest a special offering for them to be collected over an appropriate period of time (from a few days to a few weeks). (Note: We recently did this over a single month period for one of our missionaries, a missionary in Puerto Rico, after the devastation of the recent storm. In fact, I did not even think of it; but it was suggested to me by the deacons.) 4. If one of our members has a circumstantial need (such as recently the need by one of our families for fire wood), I will approach those who have the appropriate skills, equipment, availability, etc. and will seek to organize them into a projected solution (usually including my own time and effort in the project). These are simply examples. Many other formulas could be developed depending on the specific need and circumstance.
  13. Helping the needy in local churches

    What about the church leadership (in some manner) organizing the members of the church (for some temporary period of time) to help another member in need?
  14. Helping the needy in local churches

    Brother Daniel, It appears that you are distinguishing between the church helping such organizationally, and the members of the church helping such individually. Is that correct?
  15. Is the KJVO "movement" dying?

    Another difference between the KJVO position and the OKJV position would be their differing viewpoint concerning Bible study through the use of the original languages, Hebrew and Greek. Those of the KJVO position would view it as a major negative (maybe even, a sinful negative); those of the OKJV position would view it as a useful positive. In addition, those of the OKJV position will often indicate that what they really are is MTO (Massoretic Text Only) for the Hebrew of the Old Testament & TRO (Textus Receptus Only; Received Text Only) for the Greek of the New Testament.