Forest Meadow Baptist Church

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I have to tell you a TRUE EVENT! My a/c in my car has been stuck in a terrible mode for months. Driver side blows out heat from the vents and the passenger side blows cold a/c.
Last night at closing of Bible study, our Preacher Tim Ahlen prayed for two of us with A/C problems as one of the prayer mentions/requests. Over at 8:30, I had to rapidly get to CVS for Colten’s Rx’s. My AC worked CORRECTLY for the first time IN MONTHS! It worked again today. I don’t usually expect prayers to be answered like this, but I am so grateful for this answer! TeXas is too hot for a car heater to be stuck on. No more! AC Is cold! Thank you for the prayer, Pastor Tim! Thank you, God, for the blessing!
Happy Birthday Barbara Hatfield!!!
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Please pray for my granny. Got this text today from my mom.

Sure nuff and electricity is out. I have to take granny to dr she has an enlarged lymph node that has been there for about a month keep her in your prayers
Please Let Us Work His Kingdom Together
Thank u very much.
We are praying and looking for people who love God and Mission,
Warm Christian greetings.
Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The Ministry entrusted to us is Mission & Evangelism: By faith, our ministry aims to help the less privileged in the Philippines – street children, natives, and the like – through social and Gospel action. I primarily preach the Gospel ( through Evangelistic Crusade ), conduct feeding and relief programs, medical and dental missions at least two times a week, as the Lord provides through the help and generosity of His people. We are earnestly praying & looking for people who truly love God and Mission and are willing to be His instruments in extending help and blessings to the less fortunate and support our advocacy: Help Bless a Child and Feed the Hungry. I am also a Church planter and Missionary’ to the poor in different places in the Philippines @ present I have 13 Mission Outreaches to which five of these are on the process of Church building construction but in need of God’s financial provision to continue. Please help & pray for us and connect us to God’s people to whomever you know can help us. PLEASE JOIN US IN REACHING OUT! I pray that you will be one of God’s answers to our prayers. we need your help in reaching out to the people. It is a perfect time to show the people around us how much we care. Thank you in advance and God greatly reward you.
GOD BLESS US.
Rev. Gil and Rowena Palcone
Independent Baptist Church Planter/Missionary to the poor, Evangelist, Mentor & Pastor
Philippines Visit MY FB Timeline & add me Pm me for more information Thank u very much.
We are praying and looking for people who love God and Mission,
THE APOSTLE PAUL - GOD'S SHINING EXAMPLE OF TRUE HOLINESS!

The apostle Peter gave the church fair warning that his beloved fellow apostle Paul "in ALL his epistles (wrote) in them...some things hard to understand, which they that are unlearned (in the scriptures as a whole, both Hebrew and Greek scriptures) and unstable (spiritually) wrest (twist, pervert, distort), as they do also the other scriptures (not just Paul's writings), unto their own (spiritual) destruction" (See 2 Peter 3:15-16). NOTE: All comments inside parentheses are those of the author of this study).

One of the most misunderstood texts from the pen of the apostle Paul is the 7th chapter of Romans, especially verses 14 through 24. Here are a few of the surprising statements Paul makes in those verses: "I am carnal, sold under sin" (verse 14), "What I hate, that do I" (verse 15), "Sin dwells in me" (verse 17), "How to perform that which is good I find not" (verse 18), "The good that I would (do), I do not, but the evil which I would not (do), that I do" (verse 19), "When I would do good, evil is present with me" (verse 21), "I see another law in my members...bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members" (verse 23), and, finally, "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (verse 24).

It seems that many who read those plain, clear statements in Romans 7 forget that in the previous chapter, chapter 6, Paul had just made these plain and clear statements, too: "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? GOD FORBID. (And He DOES forbid sin in the life of the believer). How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (verses 1 and 2). "Our old man (the former YOU) is crucified with Him, that the body of sin MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth (from the time of conversion forward) we should not serve sin" (verse 6). "He that is dead is freed from sin" (verse 7) - NOT "sold under sin!" "Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin" (verse 11). "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof" (verse 12). "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God" (verse 13). "For sin shall not have dominion over you" (verse 14). "What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under (the penalty of) the law, but under grace (unmerited favor and forgiveness)? GOD FORBID!" (verse 15). "But God be thanked, that ye WERE (past tense) the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart (from the core and depth of your being) that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you (by none other than Paul himself). Being then MADE FREE FROM SIN, ye became the servants (slaves) of righteousness" (verses 17 and 18).

But it is the 19th verse of Romans 6 that really clarifies just what Paul was, and WAS NOT, saying in Romans 7 when He made all those clearly defeatist statements, such as "I am carnal, sold under sin" and "How to perform that which is good I find not!" Romans 6:19 says: "I speak AFTER THE MANNER OF (SPIRITUALLY DEFEATED) MEN because of the infirmity of YOUR flesh (not his own flesh, but THEIR flesh), for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity (committing one sin after another), even so (in the same manner) now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness (the continued, uninterrupted practice of righteous conduct)." It is that simple!

Here is what Paul says in that 19th verse: "I speak after the manner of men (that is, I am going to put myself in your shoes and talk like you talk in order to address this problem YOU are having in ceasing to sin)." Notice, he says "because of the infirmity (Greek, "weakness") of YOUR flesh - NOT Paul's flesh - THEIR FLESHLY LUSTS AND APPETITES! They had the problem, not Paul! Remember, Paul said, "I keep under (control) MY body (his own fleshly pulls and appetites), and bring it into subjection (to the Holy Spirit's leading and control) lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (from fellowship and union with Jesus Christ)." (See I Corinthians 9:27).

The teaching device of applying the problem or actions of another to his own self was used by Paul more than once. Notice these words in I Corinthians, chapter 4. Paul writes, "And these things, brethren, I have in a figure TRANSFERRED TO MYSELF AND APOLLOS for your sake (in order to teach or show the Corinthian believers) that you might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another" (verse 6). Paul again refers to this same methodology of teaching in chapter 9, writing, "TO THE WEAK BECAME I AS WEAK, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (verse 22).

Paul had the victory over sin in his own life. Approximately six years before writing the Roman letter, Paul had written the believers at Thessalonica: "You are witnesses, and God also (notice now Paul says God will attest to what he is about to say), how holily and justly and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe" (See 1 Thessalonians 2:10). Paul had long lived a holy, just and blameless life! That is WHY Paul could dogmatically state to both Timothy and Titus that a bishop (spiritual overseer, a pastor) MUST BE BLAMELESS...JUST, HOLY!" (See Titus 1:7-8 and I Timothy 3:1-7). Paul wasn't a hypocrite, telling these men THEY had to be holy and blameless while he, himself, had to admit that he was "carnal, sold under sin!" How ridiculous that any Bible teacher would even think so!!!

Remember, Peter warned that Paul wrote some things hard to be understood. Some, indeed, think Paul was speaking of his own present condition in Romans 7. After all he DOES use the present tense and uses the personal pronoun "I" in all those statements about sin overcoming him and holding him captive. But they fail to consider the plain, clear VICTORY statements of Romans 6 and 8. They also fail to grasp the true meaning of that 19th verse in Romans 6, wherein Paul says that he is now going to speak "after the manner of men" who have weakness in the flesh. And, further, they fail to consider all the other statements Paul makes in his other epistles about our living dedicated lives of holiness and purity, and how he, himself, led such a life as a shining example of a true minister of Jesus Christ.

That's not all they forget. Here are a few other statements Paul makes that they obviously overlook when reading Romans 7. Paul wrote the Corinthians: "I know of NOTHING against myself!" (See I Corinthians 4:4). He could search his mind, his heart, and life without one twinge of guilt over unforsaken sin. The New International Version words it this way: "My conscience is clear."

In writing the Philippian believers, Paul said, as touching the righteousness required in the law, he was blameless. (See Philippians 3:6). He told them that Christ was magnified in HIS body, and that for him to live was for Christ to live anew. (See Philippians 1:20-21). How could Paul seriously exhort the Philippian believers to be "blameless, and harmless, and without rebuke" if he, himself, was ever giving in to the pulls of the flesh? (See Philippians 2:15). Paul would have been a hypocrite!

Paul exhorted the believers at Corinth, "Be ye followers of me even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1), and cried out to the Galatian believers, "Christ LIVES in me!" (See Galatians 2:20). It would be a pathetic joke today for many believers, even many ministers, to make such statements and apply them to their own lives and conduct.

When Paul wrote, "I am carnal, sold under sin" (Romans 7:4), he wasn't speaking of himself for just a few verses later he wrote, "To be carnally minded IS DEATH" (See Romans 8:6), and "the carnal mind is hostile against God" (See Romans 8:7). Do you really think this apostle was hostile against God??!! Let's wake up and forget our preconceived ideas for a moment, and yes, we will have to forget much ERROR that has been spoon fed us from the pulpit and from "theologians" who were in gross error in this matter as well as many other matters having to do with what the scriptures actually do teach and reveal.

Jesus Christ lived His life marvelously and victoriously in and through the apostle Paul. Paul wrote the Galatian believers that he was travailing in birth that Christ might be formed in them, too. (See Galatians 4:19). (Is it quite obvious that YOUR pastor is striving diligently week in and week out to see Jesus Christ's purity of life obviously manifested in YOUR life? How about your pastor's life?)

The personality Paul speaks of and describes in Romans 7 is "sold under sin" - not freed from sin, as was Paul. All that is said in Romans 7 can fit a true Christian's experience if he, or she, is not submitted to Christ for deliverance, or who continues to yield the members of their body to various fleshly appetites. Peter wrote that it was cursed spiritual adulterers who could not cease from sin. (See 2 Peter 2:14). Do you think Peter saw his fellow apostle Paul as a cursed spiritual adulterer?? (Come on, pastor, rethink some of your warped theology for the sake of your own spiritual welfare as well as the spiritual welfare of those who look toward you as a spokesperson of divine truth if you are one of the multitudes who believe and have taught that Paul was speaking of his own spiritual condition in Romans 7).

Paul told the Galatian believers it pleased God to reveal His Son in him. (See Galatians 1:15-16). Paul wrote the Corinthians that when he was weak that was when he was actually strong, for that is when he depended most upon the Lord Jesus Christ to give him continued victory over sin or some temptation to err or do evil. (See 2 Corinthians 17:10). In Romans 8:37, Paul affirms that believers are MORE than conquerors through Christ!

Paul urged the Corinthians to bring their every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (See 2 Corinthians 10:5). Paul was not a hypocrite. He had done the same in his own life years and years before and was continuing to do the same day by day, allowing Jesus Christ to truly live in him!

Paul wrote the Thessalonian believers: "Abstain from all appearance of evil, and the very God of peace sanctify you WHOLLY (completely), and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body (your total person) be preserved BLAMELESS unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (that is, for the rest of their lives). Faithful is He that calls you (to this walk of holiness), WHO ALSO WILL DO IT" (See I Thessalonians 5:22-24). How could he be so sure God would bring these Thessalonian believers into a blameless walk before Him - and, remember, God sees it all? BECAUSE HE HAD BROUGHT PAUL THERE, THAT'S WHY!

Here are a few other scriptures that show absolutely, conclusively that Paul taught absolute holiness of life for the surrendered believer: Romans 8:2, 12 and 37; I Corinthians 10:13; I Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians 4:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 with 2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Galatians 1:3-4; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 1:3-4, 18-19; Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 5:25-27; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians: 1:9-13, 21-23, 28-29; I Thessalonians 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:19 and Titus 2:11-15. How anyone with a thinking mind can read those texts and think Paul himself was a carnal believer, sold under sin is absolute PROOF there is a deceiving spirit called Satan much alive and well and at work on this planet!

An elder, or pastor, who sins is to be rebuked before the entire congregation over which he presides. (See I Timothy 5:19-20). That text does NOT say, "If an elder commits a flagrant, gross, public sin like adultery, wife-beating, murder, etc." Elders are to live HOLY, BLAMELESS LIVES. (See I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9 once again). Elders who do not live such lives are unfit for the roles they have assumed. Every "ordination council" ought to have the prospective minister read aloud those texts and affirm publicly that will be their marching orders, so to speak. One of the reasons elders MUST live holy, blameless lives is so that their prayers will be heard AND ANSWERED when they are called upon to anoint and pray for the sick in the assembly. (See James 5:13-18).

"My brethren, be not many masters (i.e., don't let many of you become teachers of the Word), knowing that we (teachers of the Word) shall receive the greater condemnation (closer scrutiny and heavier punishment for disobedience and/or teaching of error)" (See James 3:1). Prospective ministerial candidates also ought to read those words and realize the weighty pathway they are now entering upon.

The apostle Peter, in speaking of a pastor's responsibility, had this to say: "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder....Feed the flock of God which is among you (entrusted to your care), taking the oversight thereof (overseeing that they are fed the truth of God, correctly instructed in what the Word really says), not by constraint (not simply because you know you have to do so), but willingly, not for filthy lucre (not performing your function as a pastor merely as a well paying career), but of a ready mind: Neither as being lords over God's heritage (yes, remember this is GOD'S blood-bought flock you are overseeing), BUT BEING EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK (examples of honesty, purity, and holiness, living blameless lives before them)" (See I Peter 5:1-3).

Peter continues, "And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away" (verse 4). Yes, He IS coming back and will demand an accounting. Did you nurture His sheep? Did you lead a circumspect life before them, showing them THIS is how it is done? Were you blameless in your walk?

No one need ever rebuke Paul. He lived a holy life in Christ Jesus and consistently urged those under the sound of his voice and teaching, "Follow me as I follow Christ." Paul never wrote a word in defense of sin in a believer's life. He told the Corinthian assembly that the proof Jesus Christ was in his ministry and speaking to the church through Him and his letters was his absolute condemnation of sin in the believer's life! (See 2 Corinthians 12:21 with 2 Corinthians 13:2-3).

I know there are some who will try to nullify all of the foregoing by perverting other scriptures, such as I John 1:8-10. They misinterpret that text in the same way they misinterpret Romans 7. Just as they fail to consider Romans 6 and Romans 8 when reading Romans 7, they fail to consider the import of verses 3 through 7 in I John 1, as well as verses 1 through 6 of I John Chapter 2 as well as the rest of John's message and teaching in that small but powerful epistle. When considering these additional texts, one can readily see that what John is actually and clearly saying in I John 1:8 is that when we sin, if we claim we have no sin, or that God does not see that sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us as God most certainly does see the believer's sin and commands that he, or she, confess the same and depart from such sin. If you don't think God sees the believer's sin, you need to read chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation slowly and carefully. John wrote that book, too.

I trust what you have just read has ministered to your heart, mind and conscience. That is the aim and intent of this article.

Christ's servant (Galatians 1:10-12),

Donald Wiley

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