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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in 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.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Alan in Missionaries   
    OK, next installment regarding missions and mission work. There came a time in the early 1980’s when a Russian couple came to our little community to visit one of our church’s families. Of course while they were here they were invited to attend our church by this family, which they did. The Russian couple was visiting for about two weeks, so they got to come to services each time we met. They seemed very interested in both the church and the messages preached. Before they left for Russia they spoke to the pastor about some meetings that were being held in their home city of Magadan, which is in Far East Russia, in what we know as Siberia. It seems that the meetings that were being held were for the purpose of studying the bible. The problem as they told it was that there was really no one there that knew much about the bible, but they had an interest, so they met in an apartment of one of the interested families.
    They politely asked if our church might be interested in sending someone from the church to help teach about the bible. Even though the Cold War had ended and Russian rules and regulations were somewhat relaxed, anyone wanting to visit Russia had to have a Russian sponsor. This couple offered to sponsor anyone interested in coming to help.
    Our pastor presented this request to the church during a business meeting and the church agreed to consider what to do and how to do it. This couple had to return to Russia before any kind of decision was made by the church. We had an address for them in their home city and had promised to contact them by mail if and when we could come to some decision. In the interim our church was in much prayer and discussion regarding this request.
    This went on for about a month when one of our members announced that he and his family had been praying about this situation and they felt led of The Lord to answer this Macedonian call. Shortly after this another man testified that he and his family had also been in prayer and discussion about this situation. They and the first family got together and decided that they would team up and both families would go to Russia together to see the situation first hand and attempt to get some real church services going.
    Together they presented their burden to the church and the church agreed to sponsor their Russian missionary endeavor. They planned on staying and holding services for three months. This was assuming that they would be allowed to do this by Russian authorities and that they could secure housing for that time.
    This was to be no small endeavor since both families had under age children. In all, the two families numbered twelve people. In the end they decided that the husband and wife of each family would go, while leaving their children with family members for the time they were gone. They then contacted the Russian couple that had visited and asked them to sponsor them with the Russian government. This was done and the Russian couple also began efforts to secure housing. In Magadan housing took the form of apartments because there were no houses to be had as we know them. Apartments there have to be secured through the government. It took a couple of months to get everything ready for our missionaries departure, but at last the day they had been waiting for came and they boarded a plane for Russia.
    This post is beginning to get too long so I will break it off here and post again with their arrival in Russia.
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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Alan in Missionaries   
    Jim,
    Thank you very much for relating to us the work in Alaska, the fine ministry of Rogers Baptist Church, the Russian family visiting the church, the converts and the sending out of the two missionary families from the work in Alaska. All of it is soul stirring. God is still working in the midst of the churches, winning souls, sending out missionaries, and walking by faith.
    Thank you very much for the encouraging testimonies and the history of the work of God in the work in Alaska. Looking forward to hearing more.
    Alan 
     
     
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Alan in Missionaries   
    OK, next installment regarding missions and mission work. There came a time in the early 1980’s when a Russian couple came to our little community to visit one of our church’s families. Of course while they were here they were invited to attend our church by this family, which they did. The Russian couple was visiting for about two weeks, so they got to come to services each time we met. They seemed very interested in both the church and the messages preached. Before they left for Russia they spoke to the pastor about some meetings that were being held in their home city of Magadan, which is in Far East Russia, in what we know as Siberia. It seems that the meetings that were being held were for the purpose of studying the bible. The problem as they told it was that there was really no one there that knew much about the bible, but they had an interest, so they met in an apartment of one of the interested families.
    They politely asked if our church might be interested in sending someone from the church to help teach about the bible. Even though the Cold War had ended and Russian rules and regulations were somewhat relaxed, anyone wanting to visit Russia had to have a Russian sponsor. This couple offered to sponsor anyone interested in coming to help.
    Our pastor presented this request to the church during a business meeting and the church agreed to consider what to do and how to do it. This couple had to return to Russia before any kind of decision was made by the church. We had an address for them in their home city and had promised to contact them by mail if and when we could come to some decision. In the interim our church was in much prayer and discussion regarding this request.
    This went on for about a month when one of our members announced that he and his family had been praying about this situation and they felt led of The Lord to answer this Macedonian call. Shortly after this another man testified that he and his family had also been in prayer and discussion about this situation. They and the first family got together and decided that they would team up and both families would go to Russia together to see the situation first hand and attempt to get some real church services going.
    Together they presented their burden to the church and the church agreed to sponsor their Russian missionary endeavor. They planned on staying and holding services for three months. This was assuming that they would be allowed to do this by Russian authorities and that they could secure housing for that time.
    This was to be no small endeavor since both families had under age children. In all, the two families numbered twelve people. In the end they decided that the husband and wife of each family would go, while leaving their children with family members for the time they were gone. They then contacted the Russian couple that had visited and asked them to sponsor them with the Russian government. This was done and the Russian couple also began efforts to secure housing. In Magadan housing took the form of apartments because there were no houses to be had as we know them. Apartments there have to be secured through the government. It took a couple of months to get everything ready for our missionaries departure, but at last the day they had been waiting for came and they boarded a plane for Russia.
    This post is beginning to get too long so I will break it off here and post again with their arrival in Russia.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Missionaries   
    This is a follow up of my post regarding mission work and my experiences with it in my first church, which was itself a mission work. I would like to begin by recounting an instance that I experienced early in my Christian life. As I said in my previous post on this subject, when I first attended this mission work there were only about six people attending that were not actually a part of the original people that started the work. So that made six people that were from the community. This made a total of seventeen people attending when also counting the two missionary families.
    One of these people was a lady that had been contacted by the missionaries and started attending. Her husband was very anti-church and refused all attempts by his wife and others to get him to attend. This went on for a number of years until one evening at his wife’s request he decided to come with her. It was not very long after that evening that he was saved. Now this was one of those people that everybody thought was hopeless as far as his ever attending church or getting saved. And that is why I recount this happening; it is to show that no one is beyond the reach of The Gospel. To take this story one step further I would like to tell you of another miracle regarding this man. He is now the pastor of that church. This is the same man that no one ever thought would darken the door of a church. With God all things are possible.
    This post will be extremely long if I recount all the wonderful things that I experienced in this church in Alaska. Looking back on this church’s history I would just like to say that over the years many missionaries and “preacher boys” came to visit and help out with the work, whether it was with actual building or helping with the ministry of our church. This was in large part because our mission was sponsored by Rodgers Baptist Church in Garland Texas. This church was responsible for sending out many missionaries and supporting many more, so it was well known for mission work. They were also a part of the Ministry of Independent Baptist College. So, many of the men that had surrendered to preach and were attending that church or college got to hear about our mission work in Alaska.
    The result of this was that some of these men felt God’s call to start their ministry in Alaska. Four of these men either started missions of their own in later years or went on to pastor one of the four Independent Churches in our area.
    The best part is yet to come, but I think it best if I end this post here and continue it in a separate post. It has been my experience that many times when we try to post a long message it either will not post or it gets cut off. I don’t want to type a lot of text just to have it not post.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Missionaries   
    This is a follow up of my post regarding mission work and my experiences with it in my first church, which was itself a mission work. I would like to begin by recounting an instance that I experienced early in my Christian life. As I said in my previous post on this subject, when I first attended this mission work there were only about six people attending that were not actually a part of the original people that started the work. So that made six people that were from the community. This made a total of seventeen people attending when also counting the two missionary families.
    One of these people was a lady that had been contacted by the missionaries and started attending. Her husband was very anti-church and refused all attempts by his wife and others to get him to attend. This went on for a number of years until one evening at his wife’s request he decided to come with her. It was not very long after that evening that he was saved. Now this was one of those people that everybody thought was hopeless as far as his ever attending church or getting saved. And that is why I recount this happening; it is to show that no one is beyond the reach of The Gospel. To take this story one step further I would like to tell you of another miracle regarding this man. He is now the pastor of that church. This is the same man that no one ever thought would darken the door of a church. With God all things are possible.
    This post will be extremely long if I recount all the wonderful things that I experienced in this church in Alaska. Looking back on this church’s history I would just like to say that over the years many missionaries and “preacher boys” came to visit and help out with the work, whether it was with actual building or helping with the ministry of our church. This was in large part because our mission was sponsored by Rodgers Baptist Church in Garland Texas. This church was responsible for sending out many missionaries and supporting many more, so it was well known for mission work. They were also a part of the Ministry of Independent Baptist College. So, many of the men that had surrendered to preach and were attending that church or college got to hear about our mission work in Alaska.
    The result of this was that some of these men felt God’s call to start their ministry in Alaska. Four of these men either started missions of their own in later years or went on to pastor one of the four Independent Churches in our area.
    The best part is yet to come, but I think it best if I end this post here and continue it in a separate post. It has been my experience that many times when we try to post a long message it either will not post or it gets cut off. I don’t want to type a lot of text just to have it not post.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Please pray   
    We have been having bad snow storms and been without power for three days last week and two days this week. Just got power back tonight, so have been offline for two days. Weather service says there is more and worse coming, so if you don't see me online you will know why.
    A few prayers coming my way would be appreciated. Being without power in cold country is not very pleasant.
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    Jim_Alaska reacted to HappyChristian in The beauty of creation   
    Let's stay on topic. Thanks.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from Pastor Scott Markle in I have often wondered where this was ....   
    See Dave, you have confirmed a long held belief that phones are for talking to people. Some people, my wife included, think that phone are for writing letters, taking pictures, GPS positioning, and keeping a record of life's happenings and serving as an alarm clock.
    My phone does one thing, it is a flip phone and I can only receive and send actual phone calls on it. Your pictures prove my point, phones are not cameras, nor should they be!       
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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Ronda in Missionaries   
    Brother Jim, what a wonderful testimony to the importance of missionaries! Had those missionaries not followed the call to Alaska, you may have not heard the gospel. (I look forward also to reading your account).

    Missionaries are often not given the credit they deserve (from us, fellow believers) for their desire to reach the lost with the gospel. Many of them have given up ALL to follow Christ; their comfortable homeland, their relationships with family members who remain in free nations (some never again being able to SEE their kin, this side of heaven). The often horrible conditions they endure, some without clean water or ANY of the comforts we take for granted (clean running water, electricity, appliances such as washing machines/dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and so many others). Lack of good medical care and/or treatment, and real  persecution for God's word. There are hundreds of things we (in the US and Western nations) take for granted every day that many missionaries go without, and let's not forget; they do so WILLINGLY for the Lord!

    Here in the US, many professing Christians think they are 'persecuted' if someone speaks ill of them for being a Christian. Yet we face no real persecution (YET), no risk to life and limb (yet). We should expect the world to reject us for sharing the gospel (1 Cor.1:18),  to be HATED of the world (John 15:18-19), to mock us when we tell them of Bible prophecy (Jude 1:18, 2 Pet.3:3-4, et al). And yet that is nothing close to the persecution the apostles faced. And it's nothing near to what many missionaries are right now facing in the world. 

    Jesus went to the cross for OUR sins, we are ALL sinners! He had the unique foreknowledge of what horrors He would face to do so. Yet He went WILLINGLY. He said "... " nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42, also as in Matt.26:39, and Mark 14:36). 

    How many of us are willing to say: "nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done"? How many of us are willing to truly submit our own will to the Lord? To desire HIS will above our own? When the Lord calls us to share the gospel? When the Lord calls us to witness to even a co-worker, friend or relative? Do some worry more about our earthly relationships  than they do about the other person's eternal soul??? 

    While we can't all be pastors (women shouldn't be at all, and many men aren't equipped - nor called to be), and we can't all be missionaries that travel abroad or to remote locations of our own nations (although far more COULD than are willing to be), and we can't even all leave our homes to speak in person with others...  we can ALL do much more than we do.  There is also something we CAN  all do... PRAY for those who are sharing God's word! For pastors, for missionaries, and for any and all believers who are sharing the gospel with the lost. 

    "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." (Matt.9:37-38)

    "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." (John 4:35-36)

    Maranatha!

     
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Missionaries   
    Posting about the first mission church I was saved at brought back so many memories of those wonderful days in the first few years after I was saved. It was a wonderful time of being newly saved and seeing God work in ways that I had never even dreamed of. At some time I may post some of the instances that happened in our church as a mission and maybe some of the experiences we had as a sending church as well as a supporting church to missions world-wide.
    Our's was a very small church, but what God accomplished was nothing short of miraculous for a church of its size.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from DaveW in Missionaries   
    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves.
    Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of  six teen aged boys to help with the building.
    They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending)
    After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years.
    I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town.
    The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.

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    Jim_Alaska reacted to (Omega) in Helping the homeless and the indigent   
    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the homeless plight in Los Angeles. They too have a lot of homeless camps, almost as much as Oakland. I think the main problem with some of these ministries here in Oakland is that Christ is rarely, or if never, preached; and these are ministries that label themselves as "Christian" ministries. And those who engage in these ministries (for whatever their true purpose is) do a poor job by acting no different than the rest of the world. We are supposed to be the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13,16) and a light unto others who are stumbling in this world, and without Christ and the Holy Spirit to guide them. . . they are walking spiritually blindfolded.

    There are several homeless ministries that feed the poor, shelter them, and help them get a job here in Oakland. Sadly, some homeless revert to living back on the street because the "programs" that shelters, feeds, etc., them are either not truly Christian based, or they don't exemplify a true Christian ministry. So I would take on the job myself to get these men and women of the streets. This happens "on the street" where I would meet them after the "Christian" based ministry has failed them -- but at the same time these men and women have free will and have to make their own decisions in life. Feeding them, getting them a job, and sheltering them, is not enough if the Gospel is not preached, because as I said before. . . this often leads them back to homelessness if they choose not to reach out to Jesus for Salvation and guidance. In the parable of the four soils, it is the seeds that fell among the ground and that took NO "root" (Matt. 13:21) are the ones who are offended and don't become truly saved.

    Oakland is a city that is known for murders, drugs, thefts, prostitution, etc., and it is easy to fall to the wayside if you're not "abiding" in Christ. My former colleague's in ministry would be assigned to the individual homeless and to help them get off the streets.  What failed? Their "worldly" life has gotten the better of them (the ministers), and they're putting more time and effort into living worldly instead of doing the Will of God and helping the homeless. They are no longer in any sort of ministry and have fallen away. Where are the true soldiers of Christ? Where is the army of God when you need them? I am about to retire very soon and I am chomping at the bits so that I can devote my full time to true Christian ministries. We all want to hear the Lord say (..."Well done, thou good and faithful servant"...Matt. 25:21)
    Some ministries feed the homeless after preaching sections from the bible. Then there's an invitation to come to Christ by repeating a prayer. Some of the homeless are too drunk to repeat a rote prayer and think that they are saved after saying verbatim what the Pastor says. This leads to false conversion -- let alone the man was inebriated. He leaves the mission and goes to the corner liquor store immediately after he eats and he is none the wiser.

    Now sharing Jesus Christ is both a personal responsibility for Christians and also a special gift (evangelist) which are given by the Spirit. I have what I refer to "preacher mode", and "teacher mode". I preach the Gospel to the lost in need of Christ, and I teach the bible in bible studies to help them grow in the knowledge of the truth; but in either case, Christ ought to be preached. In fact, if our conversations with the lost has no substance and are flat in teaching on why Jesus came to this Earth, this at time only provokes rude reactions (such as casting pearls before swine), then a wise Christian ought to ask him/herself what they think they are doing.
    If you are a mature believer with a good understanding of the gospel, God is very capable of putting someone He wants to hear the good news directly in your path.  But if someone is not mature and is engaged in weird behavior for the sake of trying to please some other immature believer who is all het up about this sort of thing, it would be surprising if God honors the activity overly.  But I do say along with Paul " What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice" (Phil.1:18) -- although I am not going to be preaching Christ from false motives or in ways I consider weird as I don't think it is a very good witness.
    God Bless!
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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Rosie in My computer is hacked again   
    who ever it is moves things around. increases the size of fonts and pages and decreases them.. they move my desk top things around.. the icons come and go... I don't have my banking on my computer nor buy anything on line for this reason... i will run my anti virus protection today.. nothing ever shows up...thanks for your help
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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Alan in Missionaries   
    Looking forward to hearing your testimony on your early experiences at the church you were saved in Alaska. God's accomplishments are always great to hear.
    "For God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Corinthians 1:27-29  
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Missionaries   
    Posting about the first mission church I was saved at brought back so many memories of those wonderful days in the first few years after I was saved. It was a wonderful time of being newly saved and seeing God work in ways that I had never even dreamed of. At some time I may post some of the instances that happened in our church as a mission and maybe some of the experiences we had as a sending church as well as a supporting church to missions world-wide.
    Our's was a very small church, but what God accomplished was nothing short of miraculous for a church of its size.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in If You Died Today....   
    Perhaps my experience is different from others. When I hear the words, "If you died today are you 100% sure you would go to heaven?" I always equate this with the easy believism crowd. This is exactly how the so-called "soul winners" I have seen begin their presentation. And it is a presentation, a very structured presentation that has been rehearsed again and again. It makes no provision for natural conversational situations, nor does it allow for  differences in people or lifestyle situations.
    Our job, if you will, is to simply present the Gospel, not try to convince people of anything. We present the Gospel and God does the rest, plain and simple. The 123 repeat after me crowd thinks that it is their responsibility to convince people to repeat a prayer. If a person will repeat the prayer they are saved. (so they say) I have heard supposed soul winners get all discouraged when they talk to a person at the door, but the person will not repeat the prayer.
    This discouragement is as much vanity and pride on the part of the soul winner as it is when someone will repeat the prayer. There is nowhere in the Bible that we are told to get people to say a made up prayer, this is a device of man, not Bible instruction.
    So, right or wrong, when I hear this particular phrase I categorize the person that said it as being in the "easy believism crowd."
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in If You Died Today....   
    Perhaps my experience is different from others. When I hear the words, "If you died today are you 100% sure you would go to heaven?" I always equate this with the easy believism crowd. This is exactly how the so-called "soul winners" I have seen begin their presentation. And it is a presentation, a very structured presentation that has been rehearsed again and again. It makes no provision for natural conversational situations, nor does it allow for  differences in people or lifestyle situations.
    Our job, if you will, is to simply present the Gospel, not try to convince people of anything. We present the Gospel and God does the rest, plain and simple. The 123 repeat after me crowd thinks that it is their responsibility to convince people to repeat a prayer. If a person will repeat the prayer they are saved. (so they say) I have heard supposed soul winners get all discouraged when they talk to a person at the door, but the person will not repeat the prayer.
    This discouragement is as much vanity and pride on the part of the soul winner as it is when someone will repeat the prayer. There is nowhere in the Bible that we are told to get people to say a made up prayer, this is a device of man, not Bible instruction.
    So, right or wrong, when I hear this particular phrase I categorize the person that said it as being in the "easy believism crowd."
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in If You Died Today....   
    Perhaps my experience is different from others. When I hear the words, "If you died today are you 100% sure you would go to heaven?" I always equate this with the easy believism crowd. This is exactly how the so-called "soul winners" I have seen begin their presentation. And it is a presentation, a very structured presentation that has been rehearsed again and again. It makes no provision for natural conversational situations, nor does it allow for  differences in people or lifestyle situations.
    Our job, if you will, is to simply present the Gospel, not try to convince people of anything. We present the Gospel and God does the rest, plain and simple. The 123 repeat after me crowd thinks that it is their responsibility to convince people to repeat a prayer. If a person will repeat the prayer they are saved. (so they say) I have heard supposed soul winners get all discouraged when they talk to a person at the door, but the person will not repeat the prayer.
    This discouragement is as much vanity and pride on the part of the soul winner as it is when someone will repeat the prayer. There is nowhere in the Bible that we are told to get people to say a made up prayer, this is a device of man, not Bible instruction.
    So, right or wrong, when I hear this particular phrase I categorize the person that said it as being in the "easy believism crowd."
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from (Omega) in Missionaries   
    Posting about the first mission church I was saved at brought back so many memories of those wonderful days in the first few years after I was saved. It was a wonderful time of being newly saved and seeing God work in ways that I had never even dreamed of. At some time I may post some of the instances that happened in our church as a mission and maybe some of the experiences we had as a sending church as well as a supporting church to missions world-wide.
    Our's was a very small church, but what God accomplished was nothing short of miraculous for a church of its size.
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from DaveW in Missionaries   
    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves.
    Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of  six teen aged boys to help with the building.
    They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending)
    After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years.
    I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town.
    The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.

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    Jim_Alaska reacted to Invicta in My granddaughter   
    Thank you.  I have looked into this further and it seems it is not malignant type.  I have an outpatients appointment at the hospital on 16th March, that is a week after our 50th Wedding anniversary.  
    My dad was one of a family of 14.  Some died as infants.  I have managed to trace 10 on census  on line.  One died by being run over by a horse and cart when he was 9, one had Parkinsons disease, and the other 8 all died of various forms of Cancer, including my dad.
     
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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from DaveW in Missionaries   
    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves.
    Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of  six teen aged boys to help with the building.
    They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending)
    After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years.
    I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town.
    The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.

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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from DaveW in Missionaries   
    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves.
    Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of  six teen aged boys to help with the building.
    They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending)
    After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years.
    I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town.
    The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.

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    Jim_Alaska got a reaction from DaveW in Missionaries   
    My first church in Alaska, where I was saved, was a mission work sponsored and supported by Rodger's Baptist Church out of Garland Texas. Even as a mission we were taught mission support and supported three or four missionaries even as a mission ourselves.
    Our missionary pastor answered a call to far away Alaska from his home in Colorado. He and his family, as well as two other families started this mission work. They traveled to Alaska, bought three parcels of land, cut trees for building material and used a loaned sawmill to mill lumber for building. They had the advantage of  six teen aged boys to help with the building.
    They helped each other build three houses while camping out in tents in summer. They began meeting in the pastors house. On Sundays and Thursdays people would arrive early, move all the furniture in the living room and set up folding chairs. There were only about six people attending when I went for the first time. I had never been in any kind of church before other than a Roman Catholic Church as a small boy. Although I knew these religious nuts were there, I never went near them. I went the night I was saved at the invitation of a man that did attend this mission work. I went more to get him off of my back as far as his incessant "witnessing" was concerned. (But God had a much more serious reason for my attending)
    After a couple of years our small mission had saved enough money to build a small 24X24 foot building to meet in. Some of the members were tradesmen, so the labor was provided by the mission. We never went into debt for any construction, even when we remodeled to make the building larger, which we did in another couple of years.
    I hope I don't drag this thread off topic by writing so much, but it does speak directly to mission work and what can be accomplished by God in even the most unlikely of places. In the beginning this was an extremely small community with only a few houses scattered along a road that dead ended 50 miles from the nearest town.
    The following is a picture of my first missionary pastor and his wife, who have both gone to be with The Lord quite a few years ago. But their work still remains and the work of other missionaries we supported still remains.

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