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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

Why Do People Do Bad Things?

Several years ago back in 1972 I was a probation officer for the Scioto Country Juvenile Court system and one of my reprehensibility to made a pre investigations for the Judge to made a decision.

They wanted to know WHY would boys do what they do?  Now move to 2013 and they are still trying to figure out why people do what people do?

In the report from the Sandy Hook case, they came out with the report today and they still do not know why the person did what he did?  Killing 20 children and six adults and his own mother.  Why you say?

From a Christian World view we know from Scripture, which is our information book on human behavior, mankind is by his very nature bend on doing what is seen as wrong.   If mankind would live according to the Word of God and the Ten Commandment then there would have to be no laws I guess.

The problem people want to do what is right in their own eyes.  They want to do what seems to be right in their thinking.  Everyone generally has the same brain that God has given them.  What has happen is that within us there is this nature that has been corrupted by what the Bible calls sin.

Definition of sin:
     a :  an offense against religious or moral law
     b :  an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible <it's a sin to waste food>
     c :  an often serious shortcoming :  fault
     a :  transgression of the law of God
     b :  a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

Sin is the element that is in all mankind, there is a nature within all mankind that is bend on doing what is not right or in the bibical since, no doing what God would want us to do.

So why do seemly good people do bad things? First there are really no really good people.  We are all bad in the sense we have this attitude that is usually wanting to do that which is right in our own eyes.

What goes on in the minds of many people is usually not good thinking. And if they could get away with doing what they wanted we would all be dead.  If our attitude was fully blown into action there would be a really bad world to live in, which it is already a bad world.

It is so bad that we have to lock our doors at our house, lock our car doors when we go shopping.  We can't let our kids out of our sight for a moment it seems.  We really are a society that is afraid of getting mugged or get killed by some means.  So many of us live in fear., We have to lock down what we want to keep. We never know when someone is going to get into our bank account at clear our money out. You get the point!

So you ask why then do mankind do such bad things to people?  Its a nature problem.  We all have within us this nature that is bad.  We see bad things happen every minute of of the day.

Crime it is called:

Full Definition of CRIME

1:  an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially :  a gross violation of law
2:  a grave offense especially against morality
3:  criminal activity <efforts to fight crime>
4:  something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful  
So we try to stop CRIME. I read there are 20,000 gun laws.  And yet people are killed or wounded every minute of the day> 
 A crime is committed in England and Wales every five seconds, according to new ... A quarter of the 3,000 people referred to victim support each day were ...
Well there are all kinds of laws that are on the books that most people break in their life time many times I guess.
But even Christians break laws that are on the books. But what I am talking about in crime that is harmful to mankind, and breaking the laws of God.  Why do we do those things. The bible calls it SIN, and sin is that which indwells our being that causes us to want to do what we know we don't want to do. Romans seven gives us a idea about that.
The Bible teaches us that we are controlled by the spirit of a sinful nature.  Which causes us to want to do what we are not suppose to do.  Every child born usually has this desire not to be controlled by their parents.
Thus when when we think a person is normal and good, we discover they are rally every bad people.
The society calls it mental illness. Well it is mental illness and that is called a sinful nature.

Profile of a Christian Holiness

Youth Class in 1967 Baptist Tabernacle Danville, VA

Dad was a pastor in Roanoke Va, and my favorite church was the Baptist Tabernacle in Danville, Va. 

Dad and family made a lot of trips to the church. Then when Dad died in 1966 R.J. Bob Barber Jr. ask my mother to come to Danville to work with him as his secretary.  We moved to Danville in late 1966.

The following year 1967 I was in Bible Baptist Seminary in Arlington TX, at the end of the school year I went back to Danville, and was ask to work at Southall Baptist Church.  Then later I went to Baptist Tabernacle. When I went back to school, my brother Don was a teacher in the class.

Today after all these years I Google these churches and was glad to discover some information about those churches.

Youth Pastor in 1967 at Southall Baptist Danville, VA. Currenty is

Westover Christian Academy is a non-denominational Christian school in Danville, Virginia.
It began operations in 1979 as Southall Christian School. Southall was located at 502 Southampton Ave. on the south side of Danville. Founded on location of Southall Baptist Church, it started as a primary school with the plan to add a grade each year. It graduated its first class in 1986. The class consisted of six students. It continued operations until Southall Baptist merged with Lynn Haven Baptist and moved the school into a newer and more modern facility on the north side of town. The new church, Westover Baptist, and school, Westover Christian Academy took their name from the area of town it was located. It recently graduated 29 students in 2009.

On September 5, 1993, a wonderful event took place in Danville, Virginia. Two churches (Southall Baptist and Lynn Haven Baptist) joined together to form Westover Baptist Church. This merger
included 235 charter members. Dr. Doug Barber, pastor of Southall Baptist, became the senior pastor and Rev. Robert Vermillion,
pastor of Lynn Haven Baptist became the co-pastor. Thus began the history of an exciting ministry.  Many special activities have taken place since that time to continue this spirit of unity.

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 Day three: I am thankful for men who are called of God and willing to preach the gospel no matter what the cost! I am thankful for wives that stand beside them and endure the hardships of ministry! Thank you all for being part of our lives over the years and being in the ministry!!!! You all have had huge impacts in our lives! I am not friends on FB with a couple more who need to be on this list too but they are lived and cherished just the same  - Nicki Hines said this on Facebook,  and I remembered Dad and Mom:

I once asked my Mom how she survived the ministry with Dad, she was shocked that I asked the question. She must not have seen what I saw because she seemed to have totally not seen the hardship that I saw. Never once did I ever hear Mom or Dad give the idea that they did not love the work of the ministry and touching lives of those whom the Lord gave them. The joy of ministry is seeing people grow up to love the Lord as much as we do.

 Church one and two:  Indiana Ave (I was in the 3 thru 6th grade) Church three was Williamsroad Baptist (I was pre-school and first and second grade) and church four was Roanoke Baptist Temple out on airport road (I was in the 10th grade.

 1940's Mom must have been 19-20 years old
Ellen said She always said there were 18 yrs between them but I think it was closer to 19. His birth cert was diff than what his mom said. I think it was a year off, according to Ma. Funny, I never ever thought they looked diff in age. Did you?


Ellen said: 
She was amazing. No matter what hardships or things that may have tried to pull them a part, one thing I KNOW is that their love was greater & deeper than life & NOTHING or ANYONE could come between them.