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  1. The above points that Shadowfeathers lesson brought out are excellent. Before salvation, we are dead in our sins and it is our nature to sin and disobey God above and His law; we are morally corrupt and spiritually blind. And, as God gives light to every man that he must repent, and that God draws men to Himself, it is up to the individual, through his own free will (the heart), to accept (as Shadowfeathers lesson said, 'respond'), to the salvation that He freely offers. Calvinism (all five points of TULIP), as we previoulsy discussed, is without a biblical foundation, erroneous in its definition of biblical terms (dead in sins, election, predestination, etc...), is a man-made dogma based on the Roman Catholic Church and passed onto our generation by the Reformers (Calvin, etc...). After salvation, as Shadowfeathers timely study brought out, it is the privledge, and honour, for those who have been saved by the mercy and grace of God, to preach the gospel so that others may hear the good news of salvation, and be saved.
  2. Thank you very much on the growth of the soul after salvation. As you pointed out, the growth of the spiritual life after salvation is a natural, and mysterious, aspect of our walk with Christ. The words of the Lord Jesus in John 3:8 are as true today as the day the Lord spoke it to Nicodemus. "To use another scriptural metaphor he abides in the vine (Jesus), and because he abides in the vine, and not because he is toiling, but rather because he is growing, he brings forth fruit. Fruit is always because of growth and not growth because of the fruit. The fruits of the Christian’s character are not manufactured things, but living things that have grown from the secret germ. In short they are the fruits of the living Spirit. " "Fruit is always because of growth," is a natural result of a person abiding in Christ, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fuit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." John 15:4 As you pointed out, the fruit in the Christian's life is a natural result of a saint abiding in Christ. Thank you again on the devotion of the lilies of the field, Matthew 6:28 Alan
  3. When President Trump vowed to, "Drain the Swam," in order to make America great, he is making Cabinet appointments that will help his endeavor to, "Drain the Swamp." One of the efforts is to do away with the un-Constitutional regulations of the EPA. the new head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt. One of the burdensome, un-Constitutional, and destructive EPA regulations is the regulatory power the EPA gave themselves to control the ponds, waterways, streams, and small puddles of water that are on the farms of America and land owners in the country. Hopefully, Scott Pruitt of the EPA will get rid of the destructive regulations of the EPA and make our country great again for the average American farmer and country land owner.
  4. Invicta got the correct answer. It is Invicta's turn to ask a question.
  5. Who said, "I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer."
  6. Wonderful news! The Lord has blessed Randy, and you, in having the hospital bills more manageable, and in his ability to walk around, and continue life. God did answer the prayers of the saints. Glad to hear that Randy is resuming the work of the Lord at church. I am sure that he is fine example to all the folks that hear him.
  7. I have attended Central Baptist Church (twice), and, on occasion, in other situations, met Pastor Waterloo. Both the church and Pastor Waterloo are fine examples of an IFB ministry, compassionate, and I consider them a New Testament Baptist church in all aspects of the word. Alan
  8. "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:2 The Sozo Movement is another religious movement organized by the false prophets and false teachers that the Apostle Peter warned us about in 2 Peter 2 I would suggest the brethren study 2 Peter 2 in order to know that these false teachers are in the churches trying to make filthy lucre from the saints (that are immature or new in the Lord),and anybody else who is religious and seeking an experience, or that need help in their life, and are turning to religion. The false teachers of the Bible, translators of these new corrupt versions, and many authors of the New Age Movement, and others, are making 'merchandise' of the saints.
  9. The scripture reference should by 1 Kings 15:11-15 instead of 1 Kings 15:9-15 and delete the 1 Kings 15:11 reference after the scripture quotation. I do not know how to edit (or delete), the scripture reference numbers (15:9-15), in the devotions as the reference itself is generated (highlighted in blue), by the computer. If anyone can show me how to edit please let me know. I tried 'edit' under 'Entry Actions' (twice), but I could not edit the computer generated scripture reference numbers. I finally was able to fix the scripture reference. Alan
  10. President Trump just signed a bill into law eliminating unnecessary coal mining regulations. The elimination of these unnecessary, and destructive to our economy, will be beneficial not only to the coal mining in West Virginia, but to other industries using coal in other States. President Trump is making good his campaign promises to eliminate regulations that have hurt the economy of America and lessened our greatness as a country.
  11. 1 Kings 15: 11-15, “Right in the Sight of the Lord” “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the LORD, silver, and gold, and vessels.” 1 Kings 15:11-15 The heart of King Asa was perfect in the sight of the LORD. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 All of the issues of life; eternal salvation from hell, service to the Lord, and our relationship with others, are determined with the attitude of our hearts. Like Asa, we need to have a perfect heart in the sight of the Lord. God established King Asa For 41 years (2 Chronicles 16:13), King Asa reigned in Jerusalem. King Asa did the will of God as recorded in the scripture. God blessed him and established him. God is also willing to establish us in our homes, our jobs, in our spiritual life is we do His will. Colossians 2: 6 & 7, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Salvation is by faith in the Lord Jesus as ones personal Saviour. As we obtained salvation by faith, after we get saved, we need to walk with Jesus by faith. The Lord Jesus is the root of the tree. A person cannot see the root of the tree. The root establishes the tree. The Apostle Paul is teaching that as we take deep root in the Lord Jesus, the Lord builds us up and establishes us in the faith. As we discover these wonderful truths, as Paul said, we need to have a thankful heart. God uses the scriptures to establish us and to teach us His will. This includes correct doctrine, holiness and righteousness in our lives. We need to listen to and study the scriptures in order to be established. King Asa Followed God Asa trusted in and loved God. As King, Asa determined to fear God and do what is right in the sight of God and not man, or society. Proverbs 29:25, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” When we put our trust in God, and do those things that are right in His sight, than we are safe. We have a safe home in eternity and God will protect us on the earth. The fear of man brings a snare. When a person fears man, or society, he caught in the snare of the devil. False religion is the snare of the devil. When we fear God and trust in Jesus as our Savior then God will bless us. Deuteronomy 12:28, “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou dost that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.” 1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” When we obey the Lord Jesus then the Lord Jesus will answer our prayers. One of the reasons why the Lord Jesus does not answer our prayers is because we miss-use His name, we say, ‘Lord Jesus,’ but, we do not do what is pleasing in His sight. We need to do what is pleasing in His sight, not ours. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:3 and 4 King Asa knew the history of King David and did as King David did. King David is a good example for all of us. King Asa removed the Sodomites and the idols King Asa was a very moral person and righteous in his authority. The physical act of sodomy is vile, unnatural, destroys society and the family. King Asa obeyed the commandment of God in removing the Sodomites and the idols from the land of Israel. “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Deuteronomy 23:17 Exodus 20:3 & 4 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” In the New Testament, we read that an idolater will not enter into heaven. Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” King Asa removed the evil things in the kingdom of Israel. We need to get remove evil things, thoughts, beliefs, personal agendas, and desires, from our lives. Dedication God blessed King Asa with wealth. King Asa brought the dedicated things into the House of the Lord. Three items are mentioned: Silver, gold, and vessels. King Asa knew his wealth came from the blessings of God. In our age, the visible house of the Lord is the local church. We need to dedicate our lives to the Lord Jesus and to the furtherance of the gospel. I Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Every Christian needs to learn how to behave themselves in the church. The church is not an entertainment center, or a social club. When a person loves the Lord Jesus, he will love the church. If a person loves the Lord Jesus, he will learn how to behave in the church. In a local New Testament, Bible believing, independent, fundamental, Baptist church you will find the doctrinal truth of the scriptures and practical behaviour that pleases the Lord. The Removal of the Queen The Queen of Jerusalem, Maachah, was King Asa’s mother. King Asa’s own mother was involved with idolatry. Because King Asa wanted to do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, instead of doing that which is right in the sight of man, King Asa removed his own mother from being Queen. So often, in churches, in politics, in the affairs of this world, people who know to do right do not do right because they fear man and want to please a person, or an organization, or a denomination, or the lay people of the church. This was the attitude of King Saul. “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.” 1 Samuel 15:24 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 The Chief Shepherd of the local, New Testament Church, is the Lord Jesus Christ. “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” 1 Peter 5:4 The pastor of every church has only one person he must be accountable too; the Lord Jesus. The pastor obeys the Lord Jesus through the scriptures. Like King Asa, good pastors will remove any false teacher, false bibles, or individuals following the gods of this world (music, methods, a denominational hierarchy, or anything contrary to scripture), from any church office. The Apostle Paul gave us an example in 1 Timothy 1:19 and 20, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they learn not to blaspheme.” The blasphemy of Hymenaeus and Alexander was a departure of the faith; they were heretics. Concluding Thoughts King Asa was a good king. He loved the Lord in heaven as David loved God. King Asa removed evil from the Israel as David removed evil. King Asa had a perfect heart with God. We need to have a perfect heart with God.
  12. I would like to know if you are going to change this statement.
  13. The Sword, Thank you very much. 'Forever Settled, by Jack Moorman is an excellent resource material on the manuscript evidence of the KJV. We appreciate the attached PDF file. Brethren, Brother Jack Moorman had this quote in his 'Forever Settled,' foreward that I think is worth bringing up. "I have also quoted heavily from "Believing Bible Study" by Edward F. Hills; "The Identity of the New Testament Text" by Wilbur N. Pickering; "Which Bible" by David Otis Fuller and many others." David Otis Fuller wrote a follow-up book on, 'Which Bible?' called, 'True or False,' which I recommend. Dean John william Burgeon, wrote some books on manuscript evidence that are also good resource material on the various manuscripts: 'The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels, Vol 1,' and 'The Revision Revised, A Refutation of Westcott and Hort's False Greek Text and Theory.'
  14. Orval, Thank you very much for your post. Glad to hear that you do devotionals. I am sure that they are a blessing and an encouragment to those read them. Looking forward to your participation in the discussions. Have you sent a message to Matt (the Administrator here on Online Baptist), on not being able to post or respond. I am sure that he could help. God bless! Alan
  15. Welcome home! All of us appreciate your duty in the Navy and your sacrifice. We did miss you and are looking to some fine discussions. I suspect most of us have sometime in our soul winning experienced the lack of visible results and the lack of fruit after an individual says a salvation prayer. At times, even after we have dealt with an individual for awhile, and went past the Romans Road, and dealt with the clear issues of hell, repentance, sin and the need to true belief, we may not see much fruit. We need to remember that it is our responsibility to adequately present the full gospel story. The salvation of the soul is between God and the individual we talk too. Here are some of my thoughts that I tend to keep in mind. I tend to think of the story of the Parable of the king who made a great supper (Luke 14:15-24), and, after many people refused, commanded his servants to, "... Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be full." Luke 14:23 Even though most people rejected the servants, the king still told the servants to go: the servants simply obeyed the Kings command. My responsibility is to go. Most of the people we deal with we spend a lot of time with. We tend to read the scriptures that we are talking about and not quote them. It does help when the individual you are dealing with actually see the words you are talking about. The average time limit is 45 minutes and we try to explain fully the message of salvation, a heart belief, we read the scripture where the Rich Man is hell telling folks they need to repent (Luke 16:30), and to trust in the work of Christ on Calvary (1 Cor. 15:1-6). Most people reject what we have to say and some folks do decide to get saved but they do not come to church. But, thankfully, some folks do decide to trust in the Lord Jesus and we do see them in church. I just want to encourage you to keep on soul-winning and spreading the seed of salvation to the lost. "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good." Ecclesiastes 11:6 I also tend to try and remember the real reward of soul-winning is in heaven: not in the church. Only God in heaven above knows the results of each gospel seed that we sow. Sometimes we see the result of a changed life, most times we do not, either way: "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30