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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. Overall, the New Testament places a GREAT amount of emphasis that the Lord our God works through local assemblies upon this earth. For that reason, I hold VERY, VERY strongly to a local church ministry practice (which is why I have strong convictions against denominationalism and official conventions, associations, etc.). Overall, I see that the "universal" aspect of the church is presented in the New Testament in order to emphasize our INCLUSION as New Testament believers in Christ and our CONNECTION as New Testament believers with one another. At this point, I am not certain of any passage that really reveals that our Lord specifically works on the earth through the "structure" of "the general assembly and church of the firstborn." On the other hand, if you might be able to provide such a passage, I would certainly be willing to examine and consider the precise teaching thereof.
  13. To clarify - I did NOT say that New Testament believers who are upon the earth are not A PART of "the general assembly and church of the firstborn." Rather, I said that "the general assembly and church of the firstborn" itself is NOT on the earth, but is in the heavenly Jerusalem. Although it encompasses ALL New Testament believers, including those who are yet on the earth, it is still a "gathering" (assembly and church); and that "gathering" (assembly and church) does NOT exist on the earth. Rather, that "gathering" (assembly and church) exists very precisely in "the heavenly Jerusalem." Now, it might be asked how it is possible for New Testament believers who are yet on the earth to be viewed as being in a "gathering" (assembly and church) that exists in heaven. The answer is -- through a spiritual means, as per Ephesians 2:6, wherein God's Word teaches us that All New Testament believers (including those still on the earth) have been raised up together with Christ, such that God the Father has "made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." From this viewpoint of God the Father, through a spiritual means in Christ Jesus, we are ALREADY GATHERED IN HEAVEN (thus "the general assembly and church of the firstborn).
  14. Indeed, Hebrews 12:23 defines the membership of "the general assembly and church of the firstborn" as follows: "Which are written in heaven" (not, which are on the membership role of an independent Baptist church). Thus the membership role of "the general assembly and church of the firstborn" are ALL New Testament believers who are in Christ (the Firstborn) through faith.
  15. No. NO. NO! Yes, I may be accepting your point #3 and then adding my own point #4. However, my point #4 would not be "that the 'church' in a universal standpoint is present ON EARTH today." Rather, my point #4 would be that the 'church' in a universal standpoint is present IN THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM today. Precisely, that is what Hebrews 12:22-23 states. I would strongly contend that THERE IS NO SUCH THING as a 'church' in a universal standpoint ON THE EARTH today, and that ANY attempt to create one is MAN-MADE and FALSE. And yes, it is with this point #4 wherein the disagreement exists.