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  1. Examining ourselves

    The key for believers should be the Holy Spirit. We should be praying before we post, while typing, and before submitting. We have a great opportunity when speaking with non-believers to plant a seed. It takes the average person between 5 and 25 times of hearing the gospel before they make a decision to act at all. When debating theological differences we also need to consult prayer and be spirit led. We need to assure that minor theological differences are not jeopardizing our relationships with others in the body of Christ. God Bless, Dave
  2. California Pastor is arrested for reading the Bible outside of a DMV office. http://video.foxnews.com/v/1536482417001/
  3. "Not A Fan"

    *** Edited out the link to YouTube. We have a forum just for videos. If you wish, you can submit your video there and then link to it from here. ***
  4. "Not A Fan"

    Has anyone else read this book? What were your thoughts? Did it change the way you view being a follower of Christ? I just finished this book this morning and must say it painted a picture of where I have been as a believer in Christ and where I need to get to. I look forward to hearing how others felt about this book. God Bless, Dave
  5. It's never too late

    Thank you everyone. Would an admin move thus to testimonials please?
  6. It's never too late

    In 1998 I was in a very bad way, I was 17 years old involved in drugs, alcohol, living with my girlfriend and living a life that was not only reckless but spiraling out of control. My oldest brother started dating a girl whose father was a pastor of a local Baptist church, after a month or so my brother accepted the Lord as his Savior and began inviting the family to come to church with him (Something none of us had done since our Grandmother died a few years prior). Late in the year I finally accepted his invitation and visited the church with him, after a few weeks (January 7, 1999) I accepted an invitation to come down front and pray with the pastor and learn about Salvation in Christ Jesus. Some of the older members may remember me from then, I was on fire for Christ for the next couple years, I wanted to know all I could and research every topic I was interested in. The truth is, I spent those years seeking knowledge of God's word and defending the things I didn't want to give up... after living as a fan of Jesus for a few years, life got better and I drifted away from the Church and God's word. As many who profess with their mouths a believe in Christ I wanted the gift of eternal life without having to give up anything to receive it. When I didn't "need the help" it was easy to go back to living as the world lives, I drifted farther and farther away and gave my attention and dedication to things other than a relationship with Christ. I would dedicate ridiculous amounts of time to things like Online gaming and partying. I was no more a Christian than Lucifer himself. During this time my Wife and mother of my Child pursued my affection and attention but I was more concerned with the things I wanted and what would make me happy. She then found comfort in someone else while pregnant with my second son. With his birth I pledged to rebuild our marriage and work to keep our family together. Unfortunately it was too late for that, after two years of trying to salvage our broken relationship I could not live with her infidelity any longer and made the decision to leave. 2 months after our separation I was reunited with a Friend from 2000, Jennie, she had recently separated from her Fiancee of 9 years and was having a really rough time of things. We immediately hit it off and quickly fell in to a relationship neither of us thought we were prepared for. 7 months later we made the decision to move in together, we have since had a child together and are fighting for equal custody rights to my two sons from my previous marriage. A year ago my brother and sister inlaw started attending a new church and again invited me to come "check it out". We attended one Sunday and I wrote it off as not being right for me. For the past 6 months I have felt God pulling on me and drawing me to him. My cousin kept posting very convicting messages on Facebook which is ultimately what the Lord used to bring me home. About a month and half ago I woke up on Sunday morning and took all the kids to the Church I had attended with my Brother and his wife the previous year, the Holy Spirit grabbed a hold of me that day as i felt like the pastor was talking directly to me. Every Sunday since I have been at Service whether my boys were home to go along or not. The messages continue to work on my heart and the Holy Spirit continues to convict of the things in my life. After 13 years of knowing about Jesus I feel for the First time I have a relationship with the Living God! I have a long way to go in my relationship with Christ but for the first time I am seeking what it is he wants of me regardless of whether I want to give it up or not. I thank God that no matter how far gone we think we are, he is always there pulling us his lost sheep back in to the fold. I have no idea why I felt led to share this story here today and this of course is the abbreviated version but I pray that at least one person is awakened by my story and knows that it is never too late to turn from your sins. I spend my days now struggling with my flesh, but I die each day for my Lord and Savior and pray that he will use my life and my experiences to lead others out of the darkness. Thank you Lord Jesus for dying for my sins, for washing me in your blood. I will strive to glorify you in everything I do! God Bless, Dave
  7. KJV--why use it?

    I started out in a Strict baptist church that believed in KJV only, and i was the same for the first 2yrs of my walk with the Lord. Now after much research and many debates, on these boards mostly I have come to understand that the meat of the Text is the same in almost any translation you choose to use. And as was already said, no ones salvation is going to lie in which translation they use. I do enjoy the KJV for the poetic language used, but for study purposes i would much rather have an ESV or NASB. God Bless, Dave
  8. My Main Problem With Christianity

    Quint, If you are truly interested in studying and searching for the truth, I would recommend going to your local library or book store and picking up both "the Case for Christ" and "The Case for a Creator". Both books examine many of the issues and concerns you have brought up, and i could not do them justice trying to explain them. The greatest part about the books are Lee is very good about giving you names of all the books and people he has referenced and interviewed so you can double check him anytime you would like. God Bless and I will pray you find what you are looking for, Dave
  9. Sam68, Are you here to learn or to make proclaimations? Any amount of studying of the original texts will answer all of your questions. Of course if you compare translations you will see different words used for the same thing. Different people did the translations and felt their word explained it better. No big deal you can always invest in a strong's concordance and look at the original word and its definition. If you are here to teach us, you are in the wrong place, many of us have spent countless hours studying the scriptures to have a deeper understanding of our Lord's word. So do you know Jesus? I pray that you do, and if not that your heart may be opened and you may recieve him before it is too late. God Bless, Dave
  10. Why are we here?

    john 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I think you misunderstood me Brother, I was not implying that Jesus is not God, What I was stating was what we are given in the Bible is that nobody can come to the father but through Christ. What this means for those who are never given the opportunity to hear the gospel is not a crystal clear thing and you will find many differing opinions on it. I simply resign myself to knowing my God is a just and loving God and will handle all things justly. I would also add that contrary to popular belief God does not send anybody to hell, we do that all by ourselves. The wages of sin are death, we are all guilty of sin. Therefore we all deserve eternity in hell, not one of us is worthy of being in the presence of God. Yet he died for our sins so that we may live. He has payed the price for our sins, all we must do is accept that. God Bless, Dave
  11. Why are we here?

    In heaven there is only one option, that is to love God. On Earth we are given the power of free will. This allows us to choose God through faith, not because we have to but because we Love him and want to. We all possess a natural desire to seek God. We may not know who that God is from the beginning but our Lord Jesus tells us... "Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" We know that God is a loving and fair God. How he handles those that have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel I cannot say for sure. What I can tell you is what Jesus says on the matter. "Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." The Bible, Prayer, and the Guidance of the Holy Spirit are essential to the Christian faith. The Bible is the infallible word of God, as has been evidenced and proven by numerous archealogical and historical findings. Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Psa 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. God Bless, Dave
  12. Why are we here?

    Hi Rissa, My name is Dave, I believe you have previously spoken to my wife AngelKade21 through PM. First of all let me welcome you to Worthy Boards, it is truly great to have you here. As someone has already state God created us for companionship and to glorify him. We are his children, much like an earthly father wants his children to Love him unconditionally our heavenly father desires the same thing. God has placed us on earth to make that very decision. Without the option to choose to turn against him we accept him solely as our only option, there is no true love in that. Yes both heaven and hell are very real places. Our life is not a test, see above post. We are here to make a decision either for or against God. Ayin Jade did a great job of answering this question. We did not pre-exist in heaven. We were formed in our mothers womb. Again God has sent us here not to test us, but to give us the option to choose for or against him. In doing so he has loyal children who love him for who He is and what He has done. There is nothing wrong with asking questions, I understand you have a lot to sort out at this very precious and difficult time in your life. My wife and I will both glady assist you in any way we can. We will also continue to pray for your growth in Jesus, and the wisdom of those who share the truth of the Gospel with you. God is not denominational, most all denominations hold the same foundational beliefs. i.e. Christ's deity, Salvation by Faith, The Holy Trinity, etc... Where denoms differ is generally on minor theological differences such as types of baptism, acceptance of alcohol consumption, Dress, type of worship music, etc... God Bless, Dave
  13. Daniel 12:2 Who's sleeping in the dust?

    Fire, I am sorry you feel you were wronged, we at worthy have multiple levels of administration for the sole purpose of avoiding any one person or group of people from being controlling. Now that being said you are partially correct, we do maintain some amount of control of the site, simply because this is a controlled enviroment, and if we did not have it moderated, trust me you would not believe the junk that gets posted. We strive to maintain a decent enviroment for Christian fellowship and the edification of the body of Christ. God Bless, Dave
  14. Daniel 12:2 Who's sleeping in the dust?

    Again that is the resurrection of physical bodies of those in heaven. God Bless, Dave