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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


Romans 10 The Means Of Calling Upon The Lord For Salvation

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What is the process of coming to faith and salvation ?

Romans 10:9-10 and 13-17

Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher October 27 2013

How Shall People Be Saved? 10:13-21

13 For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed?
And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?"

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for "Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world." 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, "I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry."

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, "I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me." 21 But of Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."
How you can be saved from God's wrath and from the guilt and dominion of sin with the hope of eternal life in God.

What is the process of coming to faith and salvation ?

Keep in mind that the problem Paul is dealing with in Romans 9 and 10 is mainly the unbelief of Israel and why it happened and why this does not undermine the faithfulness and reliability of God.

So what Paul does in the last verses of Romans 10 is show once more that the reason most of Israel does not have a share in salvation is that they do not believe in the Messiah, Jesus.
What are the prerequisites of salvation? Maybe they missed it? Maybe they didn't believe because they didn't have what they need to know to be held accountable to believe.

So Paul is going to specifically spell out the steps to salvation that apply to the Jews or for that matter anyone else. And Paul's argues that they had all they needed to know to be saved.

WHAT ARE THOSE STEPS WE NEED TO KNOW TO BE A PART OF GOD'S SAVING PLAN? ROMANS 10:14-17

  • But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?" 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR ISRAEL AND THAT MUST BE PUT IN PLACE WHENEVER ANYONE IS TO BE SAVED?

Romans 10:14-15 and 16 cf. Isaiah 53:1

  1. A preacher must preach the gospel of grace
  2. The sent preacher must preach the good news that there is hope
  3. The preacher good news must be heard
  4. The heard good news must be believed
  5. The belief must be the kind that calls on God for salvation.

Sending, preaching, hearing, believing, calling on God.

Then vs. 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

So we have: Sending to preach, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, hearing the gospel of Christ, and believing in this Christ, then calling on the Lord Jesus for salvation.

CALLING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:


Fall Is Coming

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Preachers Living in nice Houses: so what?

I have always heard that preachers should live in a hut, or a shack, or at least that show he and his family our humble.  Well Charity and I have lived in some of the really bad houses. Does that make us humble? No just mad. Preachers and churches have allowed us to live in some of the worst places a person could live in.  And give us the so little money to live on that Charity and I had to have  another job to make a living.  


Why don't we expect doctors and lawyers, and CEO to live in run down houses where they you have to trap and get rid of 100's of mice every year.  100x11 years = how many. So why should preachers? 

Now, Steven Furtick is spending a lot of that money on a 16,000 square foot house in Weddington. It has 7 ½ bathrooms, according to building permits, which put the contract value of the house alone just shy of $1.4 million. The land cost another $325,000, for a total cost of more than $1.7 million.


If a preacher lives in a nice home people will say he is taking the money from the church. Hate that.

Charity and I have lived in some trashy houses. But we have made them look very nice in the end.

But to be honest we have had some very nice houses.  In Connersville, the church built us a new home and gave us a nice salary to live on. And Charity and I didn't have to have another job. That was nice until the pastor fired us.

When we lived in Altoona, the church moved us to a house that was really not very good. But then a member gave us the money for a down payment for a house. Then a member worked  dirt cheap to help us fix it up. And then the church gave us a salary that help pay for it. 

Boy I wish I could write a book and sell it.  I could be another John MacArthur, or John Piper or a David Jeremiah!  Now they have others to write their books.  Well they take their sermons and turn them into books. (And I am so glad they have their books and tapes I love them)

If a preacher can honestly build a nice house, wear good clothes and drive a good car that is good for him to do that.  Its another matter in any profession to not to do otherwise.


Well all that I can say about this matter.



This Great Salvation Grace That We Have Received Video

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What Did I Do This Week October 2013

WHAT A TWO DAYS

PhotoPhotoOn Tuesday and Wednesday we worked on the "Chad Project" on the upper property.  And I took some time on Wednesday to do some studying for the Wednesday Bible Study.

We had a great Wednesday Night Bible Study at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church.
Started this morning by taking Charity to work at Union Mills at 7:00 a.m. She worked unto 3:30 today. 

On Thursday I took an hour to do some landscape on.the Chad Project on the upper property. 

Then did some study and as a  researcher done some on some topics.



First: I discovered that I could download from Amazon Richard Baxter's  two volumes :  A Christian Directory: Christian Ethics. Some 1100 pages. And a second volume Practice Resources.  I was able to download them on Kindle Fire.  Then for the first time I download them on my Android Phone. Just amazing.

Second: I am on two website Groups through Facebook.  Love both of them.  They challenge my belief, and cause me to research more about what I believe.

Third: I researched several projects today: And posted them on my other websites:

  1. https://riversofjoybaptist.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/metropolitan-tabernacle-pastors-and-auckland-baptist-tabernacle/   The church that Charles Spurgeon was the pastor and Thomas Spurgeon who took his place. The history of the churches and its pastors.
  2. https://riversofjoybaptist.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/reformers-vs-anabaptist/  The post address the issue of John Calvin and Martin Luther and what they really did. And a brief history of the Anabaptist vs. the Reformers and links to go to.
  3. https://vimeo.com/home/myvideos  I download my sermon from I Peter a week ago. Five videos and they take two hours at least per video of 14 minutes.

Visiting with Famiy in Lexington KY


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The family threw me pre- birthday party on Saturday at Eric and Leslie Whisnant house. Leslie had a wonderful meal prepared for us.

The photos are not in order of the events that took place.

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The theme of the event was THE OWL.  There are two owls on our property back of the house and that was the theme.  So Charity had Union Mills to make a cake with the owl.
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And also there was the cookie owls that they made, and they were really good.

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So here is the cake and the Stuff Owl and the cake

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We had time to play with AGW and Trey while we were there
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Charity holding Trey

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We had fun with AGW and Trey and Zippie liked Trey as well
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AGW and I had a great tea party
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 Photo: FWD:
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Chad  and Bri hard a work on the fish cookies.
Chad had to go to a wedding in Louisville but go in on the cookies

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Becky and Briley and Kyle hanging out
 Photo: Kyle Whisnant and Bri and Briley got in on my birthday17

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We went to Broadway Baptist Church with Leslie and Erie at the 8:15 a.m. service
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I said I would go if Eric would were a suit and he did.
 Photo: Melody Bates Eric Whisnant20
Then we went to Ashland Ave Baptist Church at the 10:15 a.m. service and saw some good friends from when were were there in the church

 Photo: Daddy's birthday party21

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Well Heather and Chad found this Owl. We had fun for sure

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 Photo: Melody Bates.24
Yes Mrs. Lula Mae Pryer our friend from Ashland Ave Baptist
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You know at 66 (well on the 22nd) you can have a little fun
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The plate of cookies specially made by Chad and Briley  and the family

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Briley at the soccer game]

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AGW getting ready to play soccer

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Heading to play AGW soccer game

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Becky is back from her training in S.C. and holding Trey at the game

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PhotoPhoto: A Union Mills cake, The theme was the OWL since we have two at our place.PhotoPhotoPhoto: The OWL and the cookies OWL, so wonderful.  Hand made by Chad Whisnant and the kids.PhotoPhotoPhotoPhoto: Granddaughter AGW makes a mean tea party Leslie Whisnant

YOU JUST DON'T TAKE ENOUGH PHOTO AT THESE EVENTS

Charity and I went to see AGW play Soccer on Saturday. And the family was there. And we got so involved with family and the game I forgot to take photos. I hate that too. 

       

  

Photo: Mr Beaver and Mr Owl come together for the first time. Heather Whisnant31

Mr. Beaver was glad to have a friend Mr. Owl 

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So Charity puts the fellows on the fire place
I took this photo, and Charity is standing in the background 
So as you see this photo what do you see
The Owl, The Beaver, The Bible or
Charity in the mirror?