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  • Location: From Missouri
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  3. Rebecca added a post in a topic Titus   

    Now, I believe opposite. To me, personally, "husband of one wife" has a crystal clear meaning and saying "divorced men or a man married to a divorced woman are still qualified to pastor" is adding to the Bible. You and the majority of folks here on Online Baptist disagree with me and see a gray area where because God allows divorce under some circumstances, it's perfectly okay for pastors, under some circumstances. I will not debate or discuss this anymore, as there is already a thread dedicated to that subject (and I doubt it will be a fruitful discussion as we are both firm in our belief). And since this thread is dedicated to the study of Titus, I'll not belabor the point.
    As to the other things you brought out, I agree there aren't qualifications for certain standards, I was just pointing out that when a pastor doesn't take his role seriously, doesn't take the very words of God seriously, and allows certain things to slide into gray areas in his own personal life, he's leading the church down a dangerous path. So because the pastor allows certain things in his life (whatever it may be), those same or similar things start slipping quietly into the church and the pastor doesn't address them because he himself would be affected, and soon there is less and less preaching against sin and more and more acceptance of sin. Things that used to be crystal clear are now gray and God's people are confused about what is right and what is wrong. Pilate's question to Jesus is becoming commonplace among Christians today - "What is truth?" 
    If God holds pastors to a higher standard than laypeople (15! qualifications!), than so should we. A pastor should be above reproach. A pastor should not lead the church God has called him to down a path that leads to sin. God will hold that pastor accountable for everything he says and does behind the pulpit and as a pastor.
    #15 - Faithful to the Word. I believe this qualification is very important, but sadly becoming increasingly rare. Titus 1:9 -  "holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." 
  4. Rebecca added a post in a topic Titus   

    I just wanted to add that I hadn't realized there were so many qualifications for the pastorate. It shows that God is serious about this position and it shouldn't be taken lightly by those who are pastors or who are thinking of becoming a pastor. In regards to the 2nd point that was brought up, that line of reasoning could actually be applied to all of the 15 of the listed qualifications, all you have to say is: "well, God/the Bible doesn't specifically mentioned my unique circumstances, so it must be okay for me. But it wouldn't be okay for so-and-so because their unique circumstances are different from mine."  This is why women are now accepted as pastors. This is why "Christian" rock music is sung in churches. This is why immorality is running rampant and accepted in churches. Because Pastors are becoming lenient. They are not taking their office seriously. They are not taking the Bible seriously. The Bible is being changed to suit the changing times (and I don't just mean the different versions, some who are KJV only will pick and choose what they want to preach and what they don't touch with a ten foot pole because they themselves might be convicted of something). The Bible does not need to spell out every little thing in our lives. We just need to understand "Thus saith the LORD." and not say "well, everything isn't all black and white. Look at this shade of gray, so pretty." while stepping closer and closer to that black area that used to be so obviously black. The Bible gives multiple warnings about this sort of thing, yet they're continuously ignored or glossed over.
  5. Rebecca added a topic in Fun and Games   

    Tomato or Rose
    I was just going to tell a joke in the humor section, but decided to make a silly game instead. So, this game is called 'Tomato or Rose'. What happens is, person A tells a joke, a funny story, or anything with humor. If you laugh so hard your monocle pops out and falls into your tea, you toss a  "Rose" and then you tell a joke. If the joke person A told is one you've heard a million times or otherwise don't think it's funny, you give a "harrumph", take a sip of your tea, and throw a  "Tomato" and then you tell a joke to make up for the lame one. You can use emoticons for emphasis if you want. If you're unable to think of a joke or other humorous thing to post, you can just throw a tomato or rose and then anybody after that is free to post something. The only rules are don't throw bricks, don't take the tomatoes personally(if you get a lot you can make spaghetti sauce! yum!), and just have fun!
    Okay I'll start:
    A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.     
          "Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector.     
          "Yes, that was it!"     
          "You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!"     
          "Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther."
     tomato or rose?
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  6. Rebecca added a post in a topic Greetings from Germany!   

  7. Rebecca added a post in a topic It Is Time   

    I read your comment and was reminded of yesterday's Bible study. We have been discussing creation, Adam&Eve, etc, and the topic of Lucifer and demons came up. There was confusion as to exactly what a demon/devil/angel is. One of the women kept saying "But I saw the movie, it's different!" after repeating that phrase several times in response to what I was saying, I finally got her to tell me the name of the movie: 'Constantine'  I had to explain that although they used Biblical themes/names, it was not a Biblically correct movie. "But I saw the movie!" <--me
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  9. Rebecca added a post in a topic Suggestions 4 SS Posters   

    I don't have any suggestions for cheap professional posters, as when I was looking for some, I couldn't find any cheap ones that were drawn in a style I liked. So my Sunday School walls are bare most of the time. However, last year, I gave my students large sheets of butcher paper and had them draw scenes from the Bible lesson from 'Daniel and the Lions Den', they turned out great! They also drew a favorite Bible scene and chose the 'Temptation of Jesus', which was a group effort. The kids were thrilled with it and enjoyed having it up on the wall until Christmas rolled around and I put it away.
    I am thinking of doing something similar again, only with smaller and more durable poster paper. This time I'm going to have them individually choose either a favorite verse to write down/decorate or a favorite scene to draw. This might be something your Sunday School kids would be interested in doing. If you have access to an overhead projector, you could even find a scene of your own that could be projected onto the wall and the kids could trace over and paint it as a class project. (If you can't draw directly on the wall, you can cover the size you want with poster paper.)
  10. Rebecca added a post in a topic Bible Quiz   

    trapperhoney, it's been over a week, so you may post your own question now.
  11. Rebecca added a post in a topic Bible Quiz   

    Abishag the Shunammite
    I Kings 1:1-4 1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. 3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
    (I'm not sure how 'elementary' that answer would be -if this is the one you're talking about- I didn't know her name, I just thought... "uh, that one woman who helped David when he was old?" and then I had to look it up)
    Edit: Ukuelemike beat me to it! I type too slow.
  12. Rebecca added a post in a topic Bible Quiz   

    Ah, I over-thought it!
  13. Rebecca added a post in a topic Bible Quiz   

    Couldn't all human beings be considered human electric blankets, though?
    But to answer the question: There were two: Elijah and Elisha both raised boys from the dead by laying on them. Although if I had to choose, I'd say Elisha, since the Bible specifically mentions the child got warm. I would've said Paul, but he just hugged the guy, said he was fine, and went back to preaching(Acts 20:10), so he'd be more like a human defibrillator, haha!
    Elijah -- I Kings 17:17-24 -- v.21"And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again."
    Elisha -- II Kings 4:32-37 -- v.34 "And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm."
  14. Rebecca added a post in a topic Church *of the* Laodiceans   

    Of course Alan believes the Bible is our final authority! It's quite obvious by the context that the sentence is talking about the churches today who disregard God's Word, it is not their final authority. Alan is correct, in this day and age more and more churches are laying aside the Bible in favor of books written by man. Once upon a time, the Bible was revered, it was considered holy, and it was treated as such by those in the churches throughout the world. But, in this day and age the Bible is offensive even to some of those in the church so they disregard it or change it to suit their warped beliefs. If the churches truly loved the Word of God, there would not be so many perverted bibles on the market today, the people of God would be too terrified to change God's holy words. But they're not scared, not even a tad bit worried. And that's because they don't believe the Bible is the very Word of God, to them it's just a book.
  15. Rebecca added a topic in The Lounge   

    Butterfly transformation
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    God is an amazing God. The amount of detail and care He placed into the creatures He created is just astounding. Each and every one of the billions of insects in the world is perfectly suited for the life it leads. Their coloring, their food of choice, their life cycle, their natural defenses... everything about them is designed perfectly. God put all this detail into the tiniest of creatures most of us don't think twice about.
    I think dragonflies are amazing, they're my favorite insect. Their metamorphosis from a life perfectly suited for living underwater to a life as a true master of flight in the air is just a miracle. Only God could have created such a unique insect.
    p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; } Now, everyone is more familiar with the life cycle of the butterfly than the dragonfly. Their life cycle is used by preachers and Sunday school teachers to illustrate 2 Corinthians 5:17  "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Both insects undergo a metamorphosis and transform into something completely different from what they were before. If you did not know about their life cycle, you wouldn't believe the flying creatures were once creepy crawlies. Only God can change us into a new creature. He has a perfect design for our lives but sometimes we are so used to living our life as a creepy crawlie, we can't see God has perfectly equipped us to lead a new, different, and amazing life. Are you using your wings? Or are you still on the ground?
    Sadly I do not have a photo series of a dragonfly I raised from nymph to adult. And I needed an excuse to post photos of my Lime butterfly I raised from caterpillar to adult. I just released it today.

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