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Ukulelemike

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#390457 A Sounds Gospel Tract

Posted by Ukulelemike on 08 October 2014 - 02:18 PM

IFB are generally Arminian and their theology flows from there. But as you wish I won't promote Calvinism.

That is incorrect. While there are some, and certainly some IFB who are moving toward reformed, most are neither.

 

Like myself, many see some good in both views, while also seeing major problems in both. We are biblicists, to one degree or another, ideally not seeking to follow any man's doctrinal box. The Bible is plenty narrow without narrowing it any more by seeking to follow a set of man-made rules, of which are CALVINism and ARMIN(ius)anism.




#390405 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by Ukulelemike on 08 October 2014 - 08:10 AM

Actually I found a note, 2 times in my bible, that calls Sunday - 'Upon the first day of the week which the Scripture calleth the Lords day, others Sonday', spelled both times with the first three letters 'Son'.

May not be much, but there it is, the translators put it in the gloss of the bible in 1560.

I have seen older writings that spelled it Sunday as well. I suspect, (my thoughts), the writers of the Geneva may have referred to believers, who, meeting on 'Sunday" preferred to refer to it as Sonday, thinking toward Christ, which would make perfect sense, as well as 'taking back', if you will, the Lord's day from the false sun god.




#390331 The Never Ending Story...

Posted by Ukulelemike on 07 October 2014 - 06:05 PM

...I introduced Blue to the sole of my shoe

by means of a kick upon his wazoo...




#390212 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by Ukulelemike on 06 October 2014 - 02:25 PM

Jesus was born of august 13. There. I have as much authority as anyone in this matter, I suppose. So, next August 13, have a big festival, Jesus' Birthday, (no mass, thanks), and send me a check in honor of the great enlightenment I have bestowed upon the world.

 

Seriously, the conversation has been, overall, very good and polite, and even the little bit of indignation shown is, honestly, not unexpected in such a subject, and I think probably well-placed.  One year, at our church, just after I had really given up the whole thing, though still allowing others to do as they believed right, at the end of service, I wished them all Merry Christmas. One lady got so man she never came back. Of course, she holds to the Sabbath as well, so no real surprise there.

 

I make one admission, though--I LOVE Christmas specials on TV: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ("I want to be a dentist!"), Charlie Brown Christmas,  the Grinch, even, (oh, the shame!), Nightmare before Christmas, (don't ban me, please!).

 

So now you all know my dark secrets.




#390211 A Sounds Gospel Tract

Posted by Ukulelemike on 06 October 2014 - 02:10 PM

I think we are somewhat seeking to squeeze camels through needles, here.

 

Jordan has a good point, and if I understand it clearly, maybe I can simplify it:

 

The hardest thing to do with folks today is to convince them they are sinners. yes, the Spirit convicts, but he uses us to convince with words, while He turns the heart. The Commandments, at least the nine that apply in the NT, lays out some very easy to understand concepts of what 'sin' is: Stealing, lying, adultery, et al. It makes concrete the (to the lost) vague concept of 'sin'. And any ONE sin will bring a person to hell, without that sin, and all others, being washed away by the blood of Christ. So, we use the commandments, because they Do describe sin, to show a person that they have sinned, and because they have sinned, they are bound for hell, and rightfully so.

 

So using the commandments in conjunction with, say, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God", shows that 1: we are all sinners, and, 2: because of that we fall short of God's demand of holiness and righteousness, without Christ.

 

No one is saying that we must all adhere to the commandments and laws-Christ nailed the commandments and law to His cross-but those who are not yet covered by the cross of Christ, as it were, are still lost.

 

People need to know WHAT sin IS, becfore they can accept that they HAVE sinned and are lost. I believe this is an excellent way to do it. Not always the only way, but definitely one.




#389564 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by Ukulelemike on 30 September 2014 - 11:23 AM

A lot of good comments here.

 

As a pastor, I know the difficulty in the line we walk when we teach about such things. On the one hand, we need to teach the truth, and the hard facts about the origins of Christmas, yet on the other hand, we need to realize that some will still hold to some of the traditions, and we don't beat them up for it, or make them feel unwelcome. Not everyone is in the same place, in growth and maturity and discernment.

 

During the Resurrection time, I teach against Easter, and often do a version of Christ in the Passover, showing where Christ is seen clearly in the various Passover traditions, and as well, teaching where we got the Lord's Supper, as many, amazingly, don't realize it came from the Passover, from the Cup of Redemption, (His blood), and the afikomen, (His body), both aspects of the meal.  I had a man in my church for many years-in fact, he was there before I was. He sat in this teaching many times, and sometimes, skiped out to go to take his kids to easter egg hunts at other churches.  Well, he and his wife have moved a few years ago and this last year, they came out to visit and were at service when I did this Christ in the Passover, and he was amazed, and declared that he had never heard such things and he and his wife just gushed over how they loved it and how it opened their eyes up more than before. And yet, he had heard it before, but wasn't willing or ready, apparently, to receive it until then.

 

So with any of the traditional holidays-they tend to hold so many dear and precious family memories, it can be very difficult to hear the truth and give them up. So we need to be patient, give the truth, love them, and keep giving the truth, until they decide to take heed unto the doctrine.




#389489 Christmas Tree Or No?

Posted by Ukulelemike on 29 September 2014 - 04:46 PM

The only thigs I will have to do with Christmas, is I make 'christmas card' tracts, that I will give out on the main strip in Reno, and we do enjoy singing the carols, though we try to stick with the more biblical-based ones.




#387655 Rough Couple Of Weeks On The Farm

Posted by Ukulelemike on 16 September 2014 - 02:05 PM

Our Great Pyrenees never killed any of the sheep or anything else that I know of. The only problem was that she had eventually taken to escaping the pasture, hiding by the mailbox, and jumping out at cars. She was a great guard dog, great with the sheep and never behaved aggressively toward any people either, just loved to chase cars. So, since she was shirking her guard duties and there was a danger of someone's car being damaged from hitting our big dog, we gave her to an alpaca farm. We now have a "guard llama" which seems to be working out well so far.

 

As far as putting down dogs, I had my BIL put down our son's bulldog mix because it nipped our pastor's son. I also killed my neighbor's chow because it attacked our beagle in our yard and then threatened our 8yo son. That didn't make the neighbor happy but he eventually got over it. Another neighbor's Great Dane and her two physically grown pups are wearing my patience thin now. The GD has the run of the neighborhood which got her impregnated by another neighbor's Labrador, so, the pups look like huge, black, GD's. I'm planning to finish enclosing our property at the northeast perimeter, but if those three monsters don't stop coming on our place before then, I may be forced to take other action.

Thankfully it wasn't one of our guard dogs that did the deed, though they do have to be locked from the chickens as they have eaten one or two of them. NO this was a stray we found as a puppy, abandoned not far from the farm-a shame it went as it did, but you gotts do what you gotta do.

 

Just after I met my wife, her dogs killed five of her goats and lamed one of them, so she took them all out and shot them and left them for the coyotes. They were pitbull mix, I believe, though they had been born and raised with the goats, something snapped and that was that. One of the goats survived, though my wife had to remove one leg that never healed, (Yes my wife took the leg off), but she did great for many years, gave us lots of kids and was an excellent milker and wet nurse. The lack of one leg made it easy for us to catch her-lol.

 

I always joked that I wanted to take our three-legged Annie goat downtown and stand with a sign that said, "Please give so I don't have to eat another leg", but I suspected most wouldn't appreciate my humor.




#387561 Rough Couple Of Weeks On The Farm

Posted by Ukulelemike on 15 September 2014 - 03:35 PM

My cats have actually always been good-though they eyeball the rabbits, they are bigger than the cats. And the hens tend to be pretty aggressive to the cats if they come around their chicks.




#387549 Note To Self: Game

Posted by Ukulelemike on 15 September 2014 - 02:05 PM

Are you saying nunchucks made a numbskull?

No, a numbskull was swinging the nunchucks and made him a sorehead.




#387548 Rough Couple Of Weeks On The Farm

Posted by Ukulelemike on 15 September 2014 - 02:04 PM

Had a rough couple weeks on the farm, really only two days, but spread out.

 

We have three livestock dogs, one herding dog, and (had) one Canardly (Canardly tell what it is).

 

Our livestock dogs will kill and eat a chicken, but when they are locked away, they don't try to get to them. Our herd dog, an Australian Shepherd, once tried to herd the chickens to the desert, but never hurt any. However, our other dog, who we found as a desserted dog near the farm six years back, suddenly up and broke into the chicken pen, at night, killed our six ducks, two half-grown, hand-raised chicks, and one very young chick. Didn't eat any, just killed them.

 

So the first impulse is to put her down, but since she gets on well with other dogs and cats, and is very friendly, we decided to wait and try to find her a new home.

 

However, before we could find one, she broke her chain, and got into the rabbit pen, and killed all but six of our rabbits-again, not eating any, just killing them. About 20 rabbits. The six who survived, were small enough to duck into the back of one of the houses out of her reach. So, we brought the pother dogs over and put her down where they could see it, and left her, for the time being, by the rabbit pen where she had been digging to get in. To make a point.

 

Very sad, but had to be done. She was the first animal I have killed-usualy my wife does the killing when we butcher, but this was my job. The other dogs have all been on very good behavior, and our alpha male livestock dog has even been rolling onto his back for me, something he never did before, so they were impressed.

 

Sometimes, farm life isn't a lot of fun.  I hope I have not hurt anyone's sensibilities with this, just how it is.




#387546 Note To Self: Game

Posted by Ukulelemike on 15 September 2014 - 01:55 PM

Note to self: Once you get your ducks and they are in a row, ensure your dogs can't get to them. :(




#386887 Christ Is Preached

Posted by Ukulelemike on 10 September 2014 - 06:45 PM

When people talk about 'lifestyle evangelism', I say, "I'm all for that! Evangelism SHOULD be our lifestyle!"




#386854 How do you Feel today?

Posted by Ukulelemike on 10 September 2014 - 04:37 PM

Getting better; got hit with a tooth infection, moving all up over one side of my face. preached looking a bit like Quasimodo. Made it to the dentist Monday and got an antibiotic, and the swelling is slowly going down, though having to take way more ibuprofen than I prefer. My liver is in God's hands.

 

meanwhile my wife is keeping me on C, D, soil-based organisms and various other natural remedies to help out.




#386619 Dispensations

Posted by Ukulelemike on 08 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

There is no Jesus without Christ, no Christ without Jesus-He is both, they are one and the same. We don't have to have perfect knowledge of everything about Christ, but we do need to know Jesus is Christ. His entire earthly ministry, His miracles, were to prove that He was the Messiah, the Christ. How, then, can we set that fact aside as important. It was important enough to Jesus to o an awful lot to prove that He was Him.






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