iFB or not, I hope a lot of people get saved. Right now, the way things are in the Ol' USA we definitely need revival, and unfortunately that can come through a united push of the Gospel.
I am NOT ecumenical at all, not even a little, but I can see that something like this may be needed, and, if the Lord blesses it, it will work.
I know that some "churches" will confuse them more, but the Lord can straighten that out too; besides, maybe the IFB's can do the followup, if they will get off their lzy backsides, and go out to reach the multitudes.
My heart breaks for pastors that are struggling--I've been there too! I will pray for your church, please don't go down without a "fight". it's too important a cause. One of Satan's greatest attacks seems to be monetary, but he cannot take the sky away, and open air meetings can do a lot of good if the Lord allows it to go that way.
I once had a friend draw some things for me, and used them as flash cards to drill the kids. (Used them at a rest home mostly).
I taught the days of creation with them. The first was night and day--half white and half black;
The second one was the sky (clouds) and waters beneath; (On each of them on the backs I wrote Day ! Day 2 Day3, etc).
Anyway, you can see where this is going. You do all the days of creation with pictures, then drill them with them (give little rewards such as candy) for them when they get them right, or just wait until the end and give them all a treat.)
Sometimes we showed the days and they had tell what God created on that day; other times we showed the pictures, and they had to identify the day. Once in awhile we mixed them up and showed the day on some and the picture on anther, there are a lot of possibilities.
Anyway, with evolution so prevelant nowadays they did learn that God created the universe and all that is in it.
This may not be an "activity" as we think of them, but they had fun and learned.
All the OP needs to do is get his eyes off "self" and look to Jesus for help. He stands with open arms waiting for you, and it doesn't matter what people say or think about you, take a stand for Jesus. There was not one word of thanks in your post; thank Him for the aire you breathe, the fact that you have lungs that work, and the health (to whatever extent it is) yiu have. It has nothing to do with people or churches, but with the Lord. There are so many things you could praise Him for, but you choose, instead to complain and in effect say "It isn't fair'--well life isn't always fair, but Jesus is. Take your burdens to Him in prayer, and spill your heart out to Him, He will listen whether you believe it or not, and He can help you, He may be the only One who can. We cannot do much for you when you reject good counsel, but Jesus can. Humble yourself to Him, and seek Him desperately, my guess is that you have not done that yet. I have prayed for you, and will pray more, but that is all I can do.
I know what you mean. I did not tithe as a young Christian, had a great job, but never could get enough (I thought) to tithe. When we started tithing things slowly began to change, and now I am debt free! We even bought our last two cars with cash, no payments! I give God the Glory for that.
I like your challenge to try it, and give it a chance for seven months, and see if God does not prove Himself in that area. Why should He bless me and not someone else? I am no better than the next guy, yet the Lord has ABUNDANTLY blessed us. Was able to put three children through Bible college, and still keep the home-front strong, thanks be to God.
One thing that ruins it for us the worry of being called a "prosperity preacher", a term coined by someone undoubtedly struggling with finances. The same with the Holy Ghost, us Baptists are afraid to say much about it,because the Pentecostals have over emphasized it so much (I say "it" because I speak of "POWER" here and not "Person.")
Posted by irishman
on 27 September 2013 - 06:07 AM
We used to have presidents that were retired generals, now we get politicians that were reared in politics, ungodly men after the dollar and the power (which go hand-in-hand). Pray for America, God will not put up with insurrection too long, but His time is not our time.
Posted by irishman
on 26 September 2013 - 06:05 AM
Swath, I understand where you are coming from, I might do the same thing under the circumstances, but that doesn't make it right. Wretched's last post should cause us all to think when a man (or woman) stands before the Great White Throne, and judged there, will I be the one that put him/her there? I know, their sin put them there, but If I killed them, do I stand to be reproached for it? I think so.
It's easy for the proponents of this thought to pull scriptures out of the air, and give gory, and fantastic details of crimes committed, but what is the chances that any of them would happen to any of us? I figure that if anything happens to me, the Lord allowed it, and if He allows it, somehow I'll take it.. That is the attitude that got me through many "sticky" situations, one of which I told about in another thread (or maybe it was earlier in this one.
By the Way, "rightly dividing" still leaves much to the person to decide what is rightly divided, and what is not. I know that's a term you like to use.
Posted by irishman
on 23 September 2013 - 02:38 PM
Getting Away from the Cross!
Before we can ever truly be called a Christian, we must meet Jesus at the cross. We come to Him by faith, but with our eyes and hearts on the cross of Calvary. It is of the utmost importance that we begin at Calvary, but it is also imperative that we do not spend the rest of our Christian life hanging around the foot of the cross! Remember that Jesus Himself assigned the care of his mother to John (the beloved disciple) and they left the cross, never to return there again. That is what we must do; our Christian walk begins at Calvary, but we must walk away from there and begin to serve the Lord. Just as Calvary is/was a one-time event, so it is with us; there is no need to linger there once we have received the gift of eternal life, and the forgiveness of sins. Too many times we fail to go out into the world and share the gospel with others, who have not yet met Jesus at Calvary; we keep the message hidden, and secure it unto ourselves when it was meant to be shared. Sure it is precious; of course we love it, but we are to leave it, and go out into the highways and the byways of the land, and seek, with our Lord, the lost. Golgotha (John 17:9) is well lit with the lights of Christian men and women, and a world of darkness surrounds it. Let’s pull ourselves away from the cross, and go “into all the world, and preach the gospel…” but let us never forget the cross and the blessing it is to mankind.
Jesus comforts us with a gentle command “Come unto me”…and indeed we must to find rest, but there is also another command that follows, “Go ye into all the world…” and here we also find rest. We find great peace in Christ both at Calvary, and in the field of service, where we rest in the Holiness of His will. The same Lord that bids us to “Come” also bids us to “Go’; we must be obedient in both. “Come” is a word that draws us in…“Go” is a word that send us out--the one precedes the other. We must come to Jesus before we are ordained to go out from him unto all the world for the purpose of the Gospel.