Rebecca

*Independent Fundamental Baptist
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  • Location: From Missouri
  • Interests Hiking, reading, animals, photography
  • Are you IFB? Yes

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  1. How much for 2 or 3?

    Negotiating prices is pretty widespread among Americans as well. I first experienced this when I held a yard sale, I had painstakingly put stickers and prices on a bunch of stuff, and to the side had a "free" table with odds and ends. Everyone who stopped by tried negotiating, the ones who asked a fair price I let have for that amount, but otherwise I stuck to the sticker price and referred them to the free table if they wanted to argue about it. My younger sister experiences this when she sells some unwanted items on an online yard sale site, people just want to get that "good deal" and don't care that you're selling the stuff out of necessity in my case, or it's a person's livelihood. If you're not a physical store in the US, people will haggle for a good deal. I've seen it done at a farmers market that sold produce to raise money for a children's hospital! So, this haggling is not unique to certain countries.
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  3. Dancing Squid

    The human version of the Klingon dish Gagh.... I don't know if it's a myth or true, but I heard that raw/live squid or octopi is not safe to eat because there is a chance the suckers could grab hold of the esophagus on the way down and choke a person to death. I dislike seafood in any form, but raw and wiggling...yuck.
  4. Why are Christians voting for Donald Trump?

    I hate politics, but unfortunately I had to dive into that cesspool to learn about the candidates who wish to be the leader of my country. Why are so many people wanting to vote for Trump? Besides the reasons listed, I think it's also because his ugly mug is everywhere. Whether someone is plastering his face on the news, web page, blog page, baptist forum, etc, it doesn't matter if they hate him or support him, they are promoting him. All I see are articles/posts/memes about why Trump is going to destroy America or save America. Where are the posts about all the other candidates to balance this out? I rarely hear about the other Republican/Other candidates, for or against, where are their ugly mugs, where are their articles, where are their forum/blog posts? There is no balance on these candidates, anywhere. Not just in the media, but everywhere. People complain about bias in the media, but then turn around and do the same things. When I first started doing research into the candidates, I was honestly shocked that there were so many people running for President, I hadn't even heard of most of them. Just out of curiosity, I just now checked my facebook home page and looked at the first five political posts that popped up, whether article, personal feelings, or meme. 1. Trump vs. Hilary - article, only two candidates mentioned 2. Marco Rubio vs Trump - article only two candidates mentioned 3. Meme "If you don't vote, don't complain" - doesn't count, no candidate mentioned 3. Trump - Meme, how evil Trump is, no mention of other candidates 4. Trump - personal post, how evil he is, no mention of other candidates 5. Trump vs Cruz - Meme, compared the two, no mention of other candidates I almost made the mistake of listing some dude because I was surprised to read a politics article that wasn't about a big-name candidate, but it turned out to be a sports article, good thing I read it first! ha! But seriously that was only the first five that popped up in my feed...whether people realize they're doing so or not, if they post articles or memes about the candidate they hate and rarely or never mention the candidate they endorse, they are helping to spread the unwanted candidates name/infamy. Well, since I mentioned Trump, and went on a rant about equality, the other lesser/equal/greater jerks have to be listed, but since February 1st, a bunch of people have dropped out of the race, but these are the candidates that are still running that I know of: Republicans: John Kasich, Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz Democrats: Hilary and Sanders Other: Jill Stein and Gary Johnson okay, just checked my facebook again, and had to share this latest one (are the other candidates undeserving of their own sockets in which to insert a knife? I think not!)
  5. Any Interest in a Forum Bible Study

    I would be interested in such a Bible study thread, thank you! The book of I John might be a good short book to begin with. If you went with OT, the books of Ruth or Esther are some shorter books that would be interesting to study.
  6. The Widow's Mites

    I wonder why, if this widow was genuinely being robbed, why did Jesus just sit back and use her as an object lesson? Why didn't he either go up to her privately before she put her money in, and quietly explain to her why she should not do so? Or why didn't he put a stop to everything the way he did when he drove out the money changers (who were robbing people - "den of thieves")? Why this? Why that? But nope. He used her as an object lesson and we don't know what happens to her after this account. Wouldn't sitting back and doing nothing when you know someone is being robbed be just as bad as the one doing the robbing? (I personally think Jesus didn't do anything because the Temple wasn't in the wrong for accepting money from the laypeople. And because of her motives. Her heart was right with God. The money didn't mean a thing. Her giving the money didn't mean a thing. It was her heart. Her motives. Those Pharisees Jesus also used as object lessons could've dumped their entire fortunes to the last penny into the Temple until they were destitute on the street and it wouldn't have changed what Jesus said. Because their motives were wrong. Their hearts were not right with God.) There is no command for the New Testament saints that says : Thou shalt tithe to the New Testament church! But there is also no: Thou shalt NOT tithe to the New Testament church! What there is, is verse upon verse upon verse telling us what our attitudes/motives should be like when we do give. If a person decides they want to tithe and they are poor as a church mouse, it's still their decision. It is just as wrong for us to discourage tithing, shame those who do tithe, preach against tithing, and teach against tithing as it is to preach for an exact 10% tithe, shame those who are tithing, encourage forced tithing (fear tithing: God will punish you if you don't, etc). Both are wrong. There isn't a verse for or against the practice in the New Testament, but there are commands concerning our attitude/motives of giving. What is your motive for preaching for tithing? What is your motive for preaching against tithing? Whatever ones motive is for preaching for or against a thing, you really need to make sure your heart is right with God first, before you start trying to convince others what God wants them to do with their money. (the above is all general 'you' , it's not aimed at anyone in particular) As a side note, this is why I rarely post here anymore, it really saddens me when I see topics like this that end up with Christians at each others throats and taking sides. There should only be one 'side', and that is God's side. For some reason, tithing discussions arguments seem to always end up really volatile and full of venom.... and they shouldn't be, it's a topic that needs to be discussed in a level headed way, because it truly is an important topic.
  7. i find it amusing

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  12. 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."
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. I've started a Bible study in the Ladies section. If any ladies are interested I'd welcome a good discussion on the subject at hand. I hope it's a blessing. :)

    1. trapperhoney

      trapperhoney

      I don't have access to the ladies' section...