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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Christian Belief Harmful To Children






Christian Concern reports this afternoon (28/02/2011) that in a andmark judgment, which will have a serious impact on the future of fostering and adoption in the UK, the High Court has suggested that Christians with traditional views on sexual ethics are unsuitable as foster carers, and that homosexual ‘rights’ trump freedom of conscience in the UK. The Judges stated that Christian beliefs on sexual ethics may be ‘inimical’ to children, and they implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission that children risk being ‘infected’ by Christian moral beliefs.

Jesus Christ's Limited Atonement?

The Pastor and the Cat as told by Steve Brown

LET US CONTINUE TO WALK THE SAME PATH IN CHRIST


LET US CONTINUE TO WALK IN THE SAME PATH WITH CHRIST
Notes from Charles e Whisnant, 02 26 11
Philippians 3:16

NEVERTHELESS:4133  

  •  “even though there be those who are otherwise minded
  • Paul is saying now let me tell you one more thing.
WHERETO 1519/3739
  •  However (nevertheless) - “even though there be those who are otherwise minded”
  • One more thing, by the way, let us keep living by that same to which we have attained.
WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED 5348phthano

  • Originally meant to precede someone, to come before or to anticipate (I Thessalonians 4:15).
  • Over time attained  begin to lose the idea of priority and to mean simply to come to or to arrive at.
  • The idea is to come to a particular state or to arrive at a goal and so to attain it. In Matthew 12:28 it means to happen to someone.
  • Pictures progress along a road to a certain point. Paul is thinking of the Philippian saint's progress along the path of Christ-likeness. His idea is, “so far as we have come.”
LET US WALK4748

  1. to proceed in a row as the march of a soldier, go in order
    1. metaph. to go on prosperously, to turn out well
  2. to walk
    1. to direct one's life, to live
·            Keep living by the (same) standard (4748) (stoicheo)= row, line, rank;
·       Greek:  stoicheion = elements, basic foundational things like letters of the alphabet) is literally to walk in line, walk in a straight line, proceed in a row, to follow in someone’s footsteps.  2 Peter 3:10
  • To keep in rank and file. To march in  file or in battle order. The word was used for movement in a definite line, as in military formation.
  • Present tense which point to continual and habitual action in the believers’ life
  • Acts  21:24, Romans 4:12, Galatians 5:25; 6:16
  • Let us, or we ought to, walk in obedience to Christ, love to him and each other, according to the light we have already received, trusting he would make known his mind more clearly to us. Our using the light we have well, is the ready way to have more: it behoves us, then, to live suitably to that degree of the knowledge of Christ we have attained, 1 John 2:3–5 but still within our lines, with regard to the same rule (Matthew Poole)
Let us keep all the good that we have received; let us not give up the truth that we have learnt; let us not leave the way along which we have traveled so far; and let us keep together, let perfect harmony prove that the work of grace is going on in one as well as in another.
Spurgeon:
There are some points upon which we are all agreed. There is some standing-ground where the babe in grace may meet with the man in Christ Jesus. Well, as far as we do see eye to eye, let us co-operate with one another, let us have our hearts knit together in a holy unanimity. Let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.There are some people who are always looking out for points of difference; their motto seems to be, “Wherein so ever we differ, let us split away from one another.” Their great idea is that by dividing we shall conquer. The fact is that, by separating ourselves from one another, we shall miss all hope of strength, and play into the hands of the adversaries. (Spurgeon on Philippians)

BY THE SAME846 RULE 2583

  1. a rod or straight piece of rounded wood to which any thing is fastened to keep it straight
    1. used for various purposes
      1. a measuring rod, rule
      2. a carpenter's line or measuring tape
      3. the measure of a leap, as in the Olympic games
  2. a definitely bounded or fixed space within the limits of which one's power of influence is confined
    1. the province assigned one
    2. one's sphere of activity
  3. metaph. any rule or standard, a principle or law of investigating, judging, living, acting

LET US MIND5426 THE SAME THING846  AGREE
  1. to have understanding, be wise
  2. to feel, to think
    1. to have an opinion of one's self, think of one's self, to be modest, not let one's opinion (though just) of himself exceed the bounds of modesty
    2. to think or judge what one's opinion is
    3. to be of the same mind i.e. agreed together, cherish the same views, be harmonious
  3. to direct one's mind to a thing, to seek, to strive for
    1. to seek one's interest or advantage
    2. to be of one's party, side with him (in public affairs)

Photos Trip to Roanoke in Jluly 2010



How I Get Articles and Post Them.






FROM GOOGLE READER TO WEBSITES TO SLIDESHARE TO MY WEBSITE TO FACEBOOK AND THEN BACK TO THIS WEBSITE.



While on Google Reader, (which gives me the current post from about 100 websites) I learned what John MacArthur had to say about the crises in the Middle East. I found about five websites that addressed MacArthur's comments.

I "copy and paste" the articles on to Microsoft Office and Student 2007.

There were five pages. So rather than copy and paste all five pages on by website..... I went to Slideshare....



Then on SlideShare which uploaded my document. I then took the embed code, and went to my website
For Me To Live Is Christ and embed the code on the site.

Its cool to be able to put the links to the articles to the site.

Then I went to FACEBOOK. I put the LINK to my website, which has the articles I put on Slide Share.
OKAY HERE IS WHAT I DID:

  1. GOOGLE READER: Reading articles.
  2. ARTICLE ON JOHN MacARTHUR
  3. FOUR OTHER WEBSITES ON THE SUBJECT
  4. COPY AND PASTE ON MICROSOFT OFFICE AND STUDENT WORD 2007 THE ARTICLES.
  5. SLIDESHARE UPLOAD THE DOCUMENT
  6. PUT SLIDESHARE UPLOAD ON MY WEBSITE
  7. PUT THE LINK TO MY WEBSITE ON FACEBOOK

THE PRAYER OF FAITH? WHAT IS THIS?

ROMANS 5:13 THRU 16

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: The Prayer of Faith Shall Save The Sick?
The examination of James 5:13-16 Charles e. Whisnant February 16, 2011

Questions about these verses:
1
What kind of suffering is referred to in v. 13
2
What about sickness in v. 14
3
The Elders have more prayer than others?
4
Do Elders have a special access path to God?
5
What is the anointing and why oil?
6
Does the prayer of faith always restore the one who is sick and allow the Lord to raise him up?
7
What does sin have to do with it?
8
What kind of healing is this in v. 16
9
Why the illustration about rain?

The key to interpretation of any passage is always the context. In other words, each section of Scripture must be interpreted in the light of the whole book, the chapter it's in, the paragraph before, the paragraph after. In other words, context is the environment of thought in which a given passage is contained. We communicate using context. If I said to you, "Yeah, I went right up and right down." You don't know what I'm talking about. I might be talking about my temperature, my weight, a roller coaster ride, an airplane trip, short one, driving my car up a hill, taking a walk, you need a context. That's a simple way to say that every conversation with any meaning has to have a context. Every passage of Scripture has an environment of thought in which it exists and makes sense.

James 5:13 “Is any among you afflicted 2553 let him pray 4336 Is any merry?2165Let him sing pslams5567 kjv

James 5:14 I any sick770 among1722 you, let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord;
The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth (can accomplish) much.

"But what about anointing218 him with oil1637 in the name of the Lord?
James 5:15 And the prayer2171 of faith4102 shall save3982 the sick2577, and the Lord shall raise1453 him up and if he have committed4160 sins,266 they shall be forgiven863 him.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess1843 your faults3900 one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed2390
"The effective1754 prayer of a righteous man can accomplish2480 much."