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BEST DAY EVER!


Wed Sep 06, 17 6:35 pm

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Ok, here goes... Dave's part is in red and mine is in blue...

On May 14th, I joined the new dating site, Homeschooled Singles. I did not fill out all my profile at that time, intending to do it the next day, but I did post a picture and a tagline. The tagline read: "Looking for a man! Doesn't that say it all?"

I joined Homeschooled Singles sometime in January of 2017. I had attempted conversing with several girls and had even met one in person, but most didn't even bother to respond and things just didn't seem to come together or work out. Then I saw a profile of a brand new member with absolutely no profile info but a saucy tag line.

The next day, May 15th, when I went to complete my profile, I already had a message. It was from a guy that called himself "Blacksmith Dave"... Anyone who knows me knows that I have been "friends" on Home School Alumni with a person, using that name, for years... So I thought he recognized me from HSA... Anyway, he starts out with "I'm a man! Doesn't that say it all?" Then he introduced himself properly and we started talking...

On my end, I saw a profile that had not been filled out, so I had nothing to go on, other than the sarcastic tag-line. So I decided to take a shot in the dark and play off of it with my intro. I kept it brief; told her where I was from, and that I'd never been to her neck-o-the-woods. Since she had no profile info filed out, I left it open ended and requested that she tell me some about herself if she so wished. It seems on these dating sites that only about half of the girls actually respond to messages. So, to my surprise "SallyGrace" responded not only promptly, but in a way that encouraged more conversation. Within the first couple messages,"SallyGrace" informed me that her real name was not "SallyGrace" but that was the name she would use privacy's sake and that she would tell me her real name if/when she felt comfortable doing so.

As I continued talking to him, I realized that he had not connected me to my HSA profile! So, I continued to sign my emails "~Sally". We emailed back and forth for almost two weeks before I told my sister, Rachel about him... I got as far as telling her his name is Dave, he's a blacksmith and he lives in KY, then she told ME "His older sister's name is Kayla right? And they used to live in Georgia, right?" I was floored!! "How in the WORLD did you know that??!!" I squeaked out. "Oh, Kayla and I were penpals for a couple of years after she left HSA.".... So I asked Dave if his older sister's name was Kayla....

It's crazy how this stuff works out! Since I have not been on HSA in some time I had forgotten about our acquaintance through HSA and did not recognize her. It's odd to know that our paths have crossed years prior and neither of us thought much of it.

After I told him about Rachel and Kayla, I signed my name "~Sarah" and waited to see if he would notice...

When "SallyGrace" told me about her sister "Rachel" I responded by saying it was an odd thing to know her sister's real name before knowing her real name. "SallyGrace" had been in the habit of signing all her messages with just "Sally" at the end so I had become accustomed to it and figured she'd let me know her real name if/when she wished. I wasn't paying much attention to how she signed off.

When Dave said something about getting to know my older sister real name and not mine not being fair, I just told him "So, I just proved something. You are either tired, excited, distracted or do not pay attention to details… Read my last letter C*A*R*E*F*U*L*L*Y…"

I got quite the kick out of that method of telling me her real name. It reminded me of me.....I'd be the type to set something like that up, and so the fact that she had set it up and I had fell for it, amused me.

Soon after that, we moved to Google hangouts and continued talking and getting to know each other... It was helpful to me to see how fast he responded and still be as "lucid" as when he had time to write out LONG emails...

On my part, I had met someone who knows what she thinks and can express it, but is also agreeable to my opinions when I express them.

So we chatted, talked and visited copiously! Finally, we came to that moment that happens in every relationship, when we could not think of anything else to ask without having to make the "decision" of whether or not to go forward...

When this point came, I was ready for it. I had found out what the things that I wanted to find out as much as is possible via long-distance communication, so I was comfortable with having made up my mind.

I finally could not think of any other important question, besides one, so I asked Dave if he could think of any. When he said no, I told him I couldn't think of any either. He asked "Now what?". I asked, "Do you want my Dad's number?"

I really do have the view that relationships should be fairly simple. We had covered the main topics that we believe should govern our lives, so making that forward step was the next natural progression. When she asked (I think even half-way jokingly,) if I wanted her dad's number, I did not hesitate to say that I did.

So, after waiting FOREVER for Dave to get home from vacation, Dave called Dad... I ran and hid in the front room.

I am a pretty straight forward guy. I had no time-frame, no real plan in place other than to state clearly that I was interested in moving forward, meeting in person, learning more, and pursuing a serious commitment. Sarah's dad was cordial, and didn't say much. It was a fairly brief conversation in which we decided to try to think about and discuss options for meeting in person.

After about half an hour, Dad came out (still on the phone) and gestured for me to come with him. He led me into his room and sat me down on the bed, all the while talking to Dave. He finally said something like, "Well, she's right here. Do you want to talk to her? No, it's ok, just a moment!" He hands the phone to me and stage whispers "You put me on the spot, now I get to do the same to you! Hahaha!"

It was a great thing to hear her voice for the first time. The long distance aspect removes many experiences and so you get put in this odd position of talking to someone for weeks or months and never hearing their voice or laugh or how they say things. So we got to talk for a few minutes before I had to go!

I was majorly nervous with the first voice conversation, so I just started chattering aimlessly. It was interesting to me how quickly I adapted to his accent, though I did have to ask him to repeat himself a couple times because he was talking so fast (Gasp! Was he nervous as well?!). I really don’t remember much about what we talked about, but I was sad that he had to go after only about 10 minutes… But the 2 ½ hour conversation we had the next day made up for it!
Dave started talking about the possibility and need for a person to person visit… But also about the fact that his work schedule would not allow him to make time until this coming October…


I wasn't overly nervous, and the nervousness that was there went away when Sarah started "chattering aimlessly." It was so wonderful to hear her and for her not to be afraid to talk. Sarah's accent wasn't as strong as I expected. We didn't talk about anything of consequence, and unfortunately I did have to go rather quickly. The subsequent conversation the following day that lasted for 2.5 hours was quite wonderful. We just fell into it quite naturally. I do dislike long-distance and many of the challenges it presents, and I did feel strongly that we needed to meet as soon as possible in person.

At this point, I had pretty well decided that I could and was willing to insert myself into Dave’s life, I just didn’t know if I would like HIM without the screen in the way. But I was willing to wait to find out, if that was what was needed and I told Dave so.

I am pretty simplistic. I had my hopes up about "this girl" and was excited about how well we seemed to fit together.

Dave kept letting me know that he thought it would be emotionally healthier for both of us if we met in person as soon as possible (and I agreed), so he was kinda asking if I would be willing to make the first trip. I said that I would be willing, but I guaranteed him that my family would require him to make the first visit. Dave still wanted to suggest to my parents that I make the first trip, so I told him to go ahead, but I still guaranteed that it wouldn’t happen.

My work schedule was filled with set-in-stone commitments that could not be moved and did not make a trip very feasible, plus I was in the process of building my house and working on building a new shop, which was pulling a lot of my funds. I made my request that Sarah and some portion of her family make the trip to visit me here. My appeal was that the reason a trip would be difficult for me was not a due to a lack of willingness but rather due to the fact that I was fulfilling my duties here of preparing to be a good provider by building a house and devoting my funds to that. It seems guys are expected to put forth all the effort emotionally and financially to get a relationship going, in addition to being expected to conjure up a way of providing for a future wife. It's rather taxing, and I'm not sure I agree with much of the philosophy, but there is only so much a prospective suitor can do.

I could tell that he was very willing to make the first visit, but felt a deep sense of responsibility to his obligations. I encouraged him to email his suggestion to my parents, as he had planned.


I tried my best to make this part clear. I was willing, I just didn't know how to juggle my schedule.

The morning my parents received the email, I went to chat with Dave on hangouts as usual, but in the middle of the conversation, my parents asked me to not chat with Dave til after they answer his email. Thinking that they would do so that morning, I signed off without telling Dave what was going on.

I was concerned when Sarah signed off without explanation.

That was a VERY busy day at our family business, so my parents were unable to reply til late afternoon. I spent a very stressful day, wondering what Dave was thinking.

By day's end I pretty much knew things had gone south in response to my explanation of my schedule and timeline.

When my parents let me read the email before sending it, I found that they were of the opinion that if Dave “did not have time” to court me properly, then he shouldn’t be talking to me and getting my emotions involved. They told him that until he could come to visit, we would be restricted to snail mail, so that we would both be able to guard our feelings better… They also mentioned that I would “be allowed to keep looking”…

While I hoped beyond hope that this would not be how the situation was handled, I have enough experience in this area to where I pretty much knew this was going to happen. Sarah and I, the last time we had talked, had discussed having to wait, and we had both committed that we were ready to do so, although it was not our first choice.

I was worried that Dave would get frustrated and give up… Dave called Dad after getting the email and they talked for about 20 minutes while I was, again, hiding in the front room…

After reading the email I called Sarah's dad and discussed things with him. Since my hand was forced, and I had no recourse, I determined to move as quickly as possible to visit, and I was happy that her parents were still open to that option.
I was worried that Sarah would be worried, so I ended my conversation with her dad by requesting to talk to Sarah for a few minutes. This was denied! I despise being left in the dark and left wondering what the other person is thinking or going to do. If I was in Sarah's position, I knew that I would be in a terrible way wondering if the other person was serious enough to use snail-mail and hold out. Being unable to re-assure her grated against my nerve.


Dad called me in after he got off the phone and told me that Dave was going to do his best to come for a visit in July and was going to continue our correspondence by snail mail… My surprise and relief was complete…

Me on my end, started trying to nail down a time in July when I could make the 2800 mile round trip.

I figured that if I read Dave’s personality correctly, he would write a letter THAT NIGHT and send it off… I researched how long it would take for a letter mailed from KY to get to ND… I nailed down three possible dates and started counting down the days…

I started writing right away and since I was leaving town the very next day, I stayed up late, finished my letter, and mailed it the next morning. Even though I didn't know much about Sarah, I wanted to do everything I possibly could to shorten her time of worry that I wouldn't write.

Friday, the first day heralded no letter… Saturday did bring a letter… To my parents!! So I had to wait a WHOLE WEEKEND for my letter to finally show up on Monday!

I had decided to write a short note to her parents as well just to establish some communication there. I sent both at the same time, but you know how Murphy's law works.

The letter started out by addressing my first fear. Dave would NOT give up. He was going to try. I was elated! A guy was willing to jump through some hoops to get to know me! I replied to his letter that night and mailed it (Priority!) the next morning.

I had started my letter by addressing what I knew my own fear would be, were I in Sarah's shoes. So I assured her in no uncertain terms that I would still be there no matter what.

The next few weeks were kinda a blur… I kinda knew Dave’s schedule, so I figured that he would try to come the first or second weekend in July…

That was my intention and after receiving Sarah's long and quick response I was even more determined to go and meet her as soon as possible. I did not need to leave from a work stand-point, but I also did not care..... I wanted to meet SARAH!

My parents told me one day that Dave emailed and asked them if he could come calling on July 14th… I said “YES!”, and then realized that they weren’t asking me… They said they already told him he could come.

I was certainly glad of Sarah's parent's willingness to cooperate to make my trip possible.

Dave showed about 11:45am on July 14th… I was on the phone when he and his Mother walked in…

Wow, what a long stinking drive! Haha! And then there was Sarah.....sitting there behind the counter doing her thing. And I just stood there waiting for her to turn around!

I kept my back to them (even though I knew that it was them) and TRIED to finish my phone conversation with some semblance of professionalism. I knew that if I turned around and saw Dave I would forget everything my customer was telling me!

It seemed like a while but it was only a minute or so before she turned around. And there she was! The girl I'd just driven 1400 miles to see and talk to! I was pretty darn excited!

I finally finished my conversation and turned around. I could hardly believe he was there, standing right there next to the front counter. My first thought was “Wow, he came!”… Next was “Wow, he IS shorter than me!” and last was “Wow, I am WAY under dressed!”

I am typically more bothered by the height thing, but I really didn't notice! Sarah was quaintly dressed and I certainly did not think she was under dressed!

I was so nervous at first, only being able to say “Hi!” to the guy who had come so far to meet me…

I guess I was experiencing a normal amount of nervousness for what I was doing! haha

Then Dave’s Mom swooped in and saved the day by giving me a hug!

Isn't my mom just dandy!

After introductions all round, my parents offered to take us all (Meaning Dave, his Mom, me and my parents) out to eat. So Dad called ahead to our favorite café and reserved a table. When we got to the café, the staff had prepared for my whole family, so there was a long table for 12 set up, but the staff pulled one of the tables away so there was only 8 chairs. Dad told Dave and I to sit at one end and the parents sat at the other… With this semblance of privacy, Dave and I were able to loosen up a bit and start talking again.

So Sarah and I plopped down across from each other at the end of the table and with a grand total of one chair distance between us and "the parents." Regardless, we started in talking very naturally and I certainly enjoyed it immensely.

After lunch, we went back to the shop and dropped Dad off. I gave Dave and his Mom a tour of the shop, trying to make a boring subject seem interesting. After that, Dave, the mothers and I made our way to a *cough cough* coffee shop…

Sarah gave my mom and I an in depth shop tour prior to heading to the coffee shop. I really liked this, as Sarah did most of the talking. It was fun to listen to her describe everything about the shop and just watch her mannerisms and learn about the girl I was deciding to pursue!

As a confirmed coffee hater, I had my qualms about entering such an establishment, but having been promised a beverage that would not be laced with espresso nor any other caffeine laden additives, I allowed myself to be lured into the lair of the decoction addicts…

Hmmm, that's really all I've got here......hmmmm

We talked for about an hour over the nasty brews, than my Mom had to run some errands. Dave, his mother and I went to a park and we walked and talked. After we (Dave’s mom) were tired of that, we went to the house…

I was just along for the ride as far as what we decided to do......turns out, there isn't much to do in Sarah's town.

After supper and a game of Pictionary, Dave and I went into the parlor (wood room) to spark (talk).

Pictionary was fun.....I'm not quite an animated pictionary player, but I enjoyed it. Our parlor time was quite pleasant as we got to do some real conversing about important things.

That first night we only stayed up til 11:30pm, as Dave was VERY tired. We stayed up til 2:00am the next night!

The second night was even better, as we had become more comfortable with each other through the events of the day and we just sat and talked and talked and talked.

The entire visit, Dave and I were talking. ANYTHING we could think of. We realized that we did not have much time, so we tried to fit in as much as possible…


It was fantastic. Sarah was chatty, easy to talk to, confident, but spent plenty of time listening too!

When Dave left on Monday, I immediately started worrying about him… Oh! And his Mom! I realized that I was liking this intense, kind and sincere young man…

The drive home was far less exciting than the drive there. It was sad to have to leave her!

As we continued talking via chat and text, I looked forward more and more to talking to him, sharing what was happening, a funny story or the frustrations of the day…

This is one of the things I like about Sarah....we converse even about the small everyday stuff.

I made a trip down to OK in late July and was able, through the lack of work hours, to devote a lot more time to texting Dave and talking to him in the evenings on the phone.

This time was very nice. Just to be able to converse freely and spend some time getting to know each other.

During this time, we tried to keep using the phrase “IF we get married, etc…”, trying to keep things in their proper place. On July 23rd, Dave said “When we get marrie-… I’m sorry, IF we get married, etc…”

I was already to the point of wishing it could be "when" instead of "if" which is why I slipped up. I had made my choice.

I honestly do not know what he said after that… I waited til he was done talking about whatever he was talking about, then said quietly, “Well, I’d like it to be when…” He was quiet for a second, then said “You would?”… I said “Yep! I’m just waiting for a ring!”

This was indeed music to my ears, and kind of caught me by surprise.

I considered myself promised from then on, just waiting for the ring to make it official… When asked about our relationship, I would say that we are “engaged to be engaged”…

I liked that term......"engaged to be engaged." I was 100% committed at this point, so for me it was just figured out an idea when we could get married.

We decided on a date for the wedding, before we were “officially” engaged simply because we considered ourselves promised, might as well get the ball rolling! So we started planning the wedding, ordering invitations and generally putting the cart before the horse, in true Dave and Sarah style!

To our practical minds, this only made sense. So the ball started rolling!

We were able to arrange for my Mom and I to fly down to KY on August 24th. Dave came and picked us up at the airport and I had to try SO HARD not to hug him…

Having some self-installed physical barriers for our relationship was something we had already discussed, but it did seem awfully hard not to just wrap her up real tight when I saw her.

Dave drove us the 2 hours to his home and his family had coffee and brownies waiting! (Oh, they were VERY kind and had lemonade for me!).
I noticed Dave looking at my shoes and then he asked me if I had off-road shoes (I was wearing flats). I said I did and he asked if I could put them on. After I changed my shoes he told me he wanted to show me something and led the way out the door.
We headed down the hill toward the creek, Dave all the while telling me about improvements that he and his family had done, as well as how far the creek had risen in the past few years…
As we rounded a clump of trees, I suddenly knew what he wanted to show me… He had set up a table and chairs next to the creek… There was a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a little box on the table… Dave picked up the box and told me why he wanted to marry me… Then he dropped to one knee and asked me if I would marry him…


I was a freakin' nervous wreck! I had the whole thing planned but was far too nervous to remember any of it.
So I spouted something off that probably came out as clear as a muddy pond, but I think she got the idea. Sarah is the first lady I've ever bought flowers for in the sense of a relationship. It's something I've been saving for one special lady.


I dropped to my knees and said yes, holding his hands in mine for the first time…

Sarah paused just a moment before saying yes, and then she knelt down in front of me, said yes, I slipped the little band on her finger as we held hands for the first time ever and then we hugged. It sure is glorious when it's done right!

So we became engaged and we are looking forward to getting married on October 14th, 2017!

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For the new people and the people whom do not remember, here are ALL the installments of THE CROCHET LESSONS. Enjoy!

DAY ONE
I taught crochet to two young people for about a year and had learned how to teach young, rambunctious and hyper children. You have to start with some simple lessons, get them interested and weed out the ones that will quit later. I like to start with the following two lessons. Normally they take a couple of weeks to learn these basics rules, and you must adjust them to fit your individual needs.
These are a few of mine:

Lesson Number One:
The crochet hook is not an offensive weapon, toenail or ear cleaner, cooking utensil or a booger wrangler.

Lesson Number Two:
The yarn is not to be pulled through your mouth, used as rock climbing equipment, a hangmen noose, strewn across the room in a gigantic representation of a spider web nor used to tie up annoying siblings.

Once you have the students master these first two lessons, only then will they be ready to move on to the actual uses of said devises.
I will reveal said uses at a later date, giving all those who would like to learn to crochet, the chance to catch up to those who have mastered the first two lessons.


DAY TWO
*Open Curtains*

Teacher walks into crochet class:
"Alright now, class! Quiet down! Good morning!"
"Yes, Sereina, I packed my own lunch again."
"Rachel, ladies do not put crochet hooks in their ears."
"Alan, would you stop winding your yarn around Laura's head? Because you'll get it in her beautiful eyes, that's why."
"Nickolas, would you please come down off of the ceiling fan? No, dear, it won't fly away without you."
"Laura, I know Alan was mean, but that's no reason to pinch him. Because it's not ladylike."
"Rachel, honey, how many times do I have to tell you to take your crochet hook out of your ear? You'll hurt yourself."
"No, Nick, you can't use your hook as a throttle lever for your spaceship. Yes, honey, I know your going to be an astronaut someday. Of course you will."
"Sereina, there are certain times when a lady does not talk about how many worms she ate the other day. Yes, sweetie, this is one of those times."
"Laura, dearie, you shouldn't say things like that. Because it's not nice."
"Rachel, dear, would you please take your crochet hook out of your ear? Thank you, honey."
"Alan, GENTLEMEN do not say such things. Becaaaause... it will ban them from The Big Boys Club!... Well, then, it will get back to the government and they won't let you buy guns when your old enough... Well, when they find out, they will take it away... Yes, they can, too! Now, sit down, and start untangling your yarn."
"LAURA! How could you do such a thing to such a sweet, darling little girl like Ser... SEREINA! LET GO OF HER HAIR THIS INSTANT! Don't you stamp your foot at ME, young lady!"
"NICKOLAS NICKOLI NICKELODEON! GET OFF ALAN! I don't care if that isn't your name! You do what I say or I am going to have a long talk with your FATHER"!
"RACHEL! GET YOUR CROCHET HOOK OUT OF YOUR EAR OR I WIL...!"
*Bell Chimes*
"Alright class, file out quietly. Thank you for coming! We had fun today, didn't we? Byebye! Yes, Sereina, I'll pack my lunch again tomorrow. Byebye! Uhhuh. Byebye!"
Closes door, walks over to the desk...
Drops into chair,
puts arms on top of desk,
buries face in arms and
sobs bitterly...
*End Scene*

DAY THREE

"Good morning, class!" *smiles sweetly*

"Alright, everyone take your hooks out and put them ON YOUR DESK! Good, very good! Ohhh, it looks like Alan & Sereina couldn't make it today… Now, quiet down, class. We've lots of ground to cover today… No, Laura, we’re not going anywhere… Because I've just decided not to."

"Now, I want to... Oh, Rachel! Flowers? For me?... Oh, of course I forgive you for yesterday! How sweet! They smell wonder-AAAAAGGH!" *ahem* "Rachel? Will you please take your frog back to your desk?...”

"Good, now, we have some new pupils today! Isn't that wonderful? Andrea? Timothy? Uriah? Would you stand up, please? No, not on your desks, boys, on the floor. Thank you. Now, which one would like to tell about themselves first? AlRIGHT Timothy, if it means that much to you, let go of Uriah's ear and you may go first… Um, where do you think you are you going?... Oh, ok, yes, you may go get your Power Point presentan-Wait, how long is it?... ok… You might have to wait till after class, so go sit down… What? NO! *ahem* I mean, no, you may not propose to any of the girls first… Because you have to ask their fathers first… Ok, you do that… Yes, sit down now. Thank you."

"Nickolas? Airplane-making will be done at shop class. Alright then, spaceship-making will be done at shop class. Ok, spaceship-building will be done... Fine, super-sonic-hydro-electric-fermented-oatmeal-rocket-spaceship-building will... JUST QUIT IT AND SIT DOWN!"

“Would you please stop going to the window, Uriah?... You have a pet what out there?!... oh… Weeelll,…. Could you please leave it outside? Thank you. Alright, Uriah, now that we got Timothy settled in the corner, please tell us about yourself… Ok, I guess I didn't know that about tanks, goats and winter wheat diseases… Yes, it was very diverse. You may sit down now… on you chair. Thank you.”

“Laura? This is crochet class, not knitting class. Please give Andrea back her hook… I don’t care if she let you have it, anyone would after being threatened like that… Give it back. Thank you… Yes, absolutely, you may talk to your mother about joining Miss Hunch’s knitting class… No, sit down, your mother won’t be here till after class… Yes, unfortunately, I’m sure.”

"Now, where was I?... What, Rachel? Sereina asked you to ask me wha..? Oh, Ye.. NO, my mother packed my lunch today. Yes, she sent it all the way from Nebraska. On dry ice… It is ice that is dry… I think they put it in a special clothes dryer… No, you’d better ask your mother first… Uh-huh… No, I wouldn’t put the frog in it.”

“Oh, yes! Andrea! Would you like to tell us about yourself?... No, wait! Where are you going?!... No nononon, honey, if you don’t want to, that’s ok, just come out from under the desk… Oh, come on, sweetie, I won’t make you tell… Yes, of course, I’ll tell them about yo-After you leave?... But, they leave at the same time and there won’t be any ti… Oh, ok, if that’s the way you want it, we can tell them about you tomorrow… Yes, you can come out now... No, you have to stay here till class is finished… No, I’m not going to tie you to your chair… Well, I’m not like your piano teacher.”

“Rachel? Do you have your hook in your ear?... Well, would you take your frog’s leg out of your ear?... You found what?... How did yo.. Never mind, just take his leg out of your ear. Thank you”

“You three may sit down till class is over… Now, I’d like you all to take the yarn in your left hand and your hook in yo-Timothy! Nickolas! Laura! I said, get away from that window!...Well, I’m saying it now! Uriah, sit down! No, you all are not going to play the ‘Great Escape’!... Yes, I WILL stop you!... With my cattle prod and net!... Andrea, just hide under your desk and cover your eyes!... You just said the wrong thing, young man!.. I don’t CARE if you’re a minor!... I’M THE LAW AROUND HERE!… SIT DOWN BEFORE I…

*bell chimes*

"Alright class, line up and file out slowly and quietly.. It was fun today, wasn't it?... Yes, I’ll be here tomorrow… No, I’m not going to kiss the frog goodbye… Because he is happier as your frog... Byebye!... Yes, Timothy, I have a date for Saturday… And Monday… And Tuesday… And Wednesday… Honey, I have a date every day… No, not with you… Byebye… Uh-huh… Byebye! Byebye!..."

*goes to the closet to get some goat feed, finds that there is no more, looks at the goat forlornly & crumples onto the floor in a sobbing mess*

*ten minutes later realizes doesn't own a goat*

DAY FOUR
*Scene opens on a clear summer day, sparkling with dew on the sunbeams, the daffodils and irises nodding to each other like old friends at a wedding. The colors are so vivid it looks like someone's paintbox has spilled all over the countryside in an array of deep greens, dusty tans, dark browns, lovely purples and dove grays. Everything seems beautiful, fresh and clean.*

*Until she comes down the road... A dark cloud engulfs our happy scene, creeping forward with each step of her sneaker clad foot upon the dirt road, the damp dust clinging to the soles of her feet, some of it rising in little puffs before her advancing figure, filtering softly away in the breeze from her skirts.*

*The halls are quiet, like a waxed tomb, echoing the slightest whisper off the polished surfaces. The light is blinding through the front windows, reflecting dully on the lockers, showing the dents and stains more clearly in the shadows. Everywhere else is in twilight, the temperature is cool, refreshing.*

*There's a click, the front door swings open, the bolt clicks back, the sound echoing down the halls. Quiet footsteps, pat, pat, pat, pat. Time can be marked by the steadiness in the rhythm, as she walks down the tiled floor. The sound precedes her, bouncing and rebounding off the walls, growing more confused as the sound travels, till it finally reaches the door of the room at the end of the hall. Last door on the left. Last door. The walk is nearly over.*

*The sound of her footsteps are nothing compared to the sounds of her beating heart and rasping breath. They join the rhythm, blending with it, harmonizing with it, then transcending it, finally overtaking it, overpowering the sound of the footfalls as she draws nearer the door. She pauses, a part of her goes beyond the ceiling she glanced at, a sigh, her breathing becomes controlled, her heart calmed. Her trembling hand gropes for the knob, it's callouses making slight rasping noises against the smooth metal.*

"Good mor- OH!"

*We need not describe the room....*





*But we must. The crepe paper hung limply from the bookshelves where damp little hands had secured it in untold ways. A book here, a pin there... An uprooted flower deigned to welcome her from the top of one of the cupboards, surrounded by it's court of fresh soil. A card stood or sat on each of the little desks, every color, every shape, every design. Yarn festooned the desk in dozens of strings of, Heaven bless them, crocheted chains of every color.*
*She couldn't help it. She fell to her knees and cried out a thank you that words could not engulf, nor lips form. The sound startled the troop of youngsters and livestock gathered at the window. Their watching would have indeed been in vain, for how could they know that the Teachers house was in the other direction?*

DAY FIVE
*sigh*
“Alright class, it’s time to sit down now… No, Camille, you may not sit on the top shelf just because it’s your first day... Because it’s against the rules… MY rules… Thank you.”

“Ok, today is a special day! Can you guess what it is?... No, Nickolas, it’s not my dog’s birthday… Um, no, Laura, it’s not because it’s your goat’s first day home from the hospital… Yes, I am sorry that it fell down the stairs… What was that Timothy?... No, I’m not announcing that I’m engaged…”

“Ok, everyone settled in their chairs? Good. Now, today is a special day because we’re going to learn how to hold the yarn! Won’t that be fun?... Yes, I know you know how to milk a goat, Uriah, but this is a little different… Um, no I don't... Because I live in town... Because that's where I live... Ok, I will look into getting a country house... Yes, of course, now does everyone have their yarn?... Yes, Rachel honey, you and Laura may share the yarn... No, just start at different ends, yes, good... Alright, now we just take the yarn in our left hand an-Nickolas, just the end of the yarn... Yes, not the whole skein... Ok, now you need to tie a loose knot in the yarn,... Yes, just like that, and… Nonononononono, NOT around your head! I know Noah is doing it but I will deal with him presently… You just do what I say and not what Noah does!... Ok, Noah, just hold still while I get the yarn out of your hair… Uh-hu-No wait, is that gum?... No honey, you have to make a knot without the help of gum... No, not yet Timothy… Because I am POSITIVE I can get the gum out of his ears without the help of a scisso-RACHEL?! Did I see a crochet hook in your ear? Well I (Hold still, Noah!) I don’t want any pens in them either!... Pens, pencils, paintbrushes, PAINTCANS! Just keep EVERYTHING out of your ears!”

Where is Timothy? He and Uriah are going to get a WHAT?! No, don’t cry Noah, I won’t let them!... No, just hold still and maybe I can get it out before they come back! Laura, go get me some peanut butter!... Ok, ask the science teacher if he has any vegetable oil! No, Rachel, my veggies aren’t squeaking… Doah, I no id hurds, bud please led go ob my dose… Thank you…”

“Camille, hand me a chair so I can sit down. Thank you. Now, Noah? You knew that gum is not supposed to go in your hair, right?... I know you didn’t mean to, honey, so just hold still and don’t think about it till Laura gets back… No, you don’t need to think about it after she does… Just think about your favorite things!... Stop singing, Rachel… What are your favorite things, Noah?... Reciting what? The Constitution of the United States?... Ok, we will try to be quiet while you do that…”

“Nickolas? Could you go see what is keeping Laura?... Please hurry, I’m getting tired… Well, it’s because I’m holding Noah on my knee, the yarn in one hand and the gum with the other, while keeping Rachel and Camille apart with my foot… Yes, Nickolas, I can hold out till you get back… Don’t you dare drag Laura back by her hai-… He can’t hear me… Camille, Rachel, please stop it!"

"Laura! Where have you been?! We have to get the gum out of Noah's hair before Timothy and Uri-... Yeess, deary, I knew vinegar and baking soda did that... Uh-huh, and that aluminum and bromine do that... Yes, I'm sure you did, now, did you bring the vegetable oil?... Well, you better go back and get it!... Yes, Noah, we will have it out before your Mom comes to pick you up... Yes, I have a hat if we don't..."

"Nickolas! Where have you been? No, I don't want to know! Just come over here and help me!... I know I may being doing fine, but I would be doing finer if I had some help!... Yes, grab the yarn and just hold it while I keep the rest of this gum out of Noah's ha-IR-CAMILLE! RACHEL! STOP! PUT DOWN THOSE SCISS- NICKOLAS! GET THOSE AWAY FROM THE GIRLS! NO! WAIT! PUT THE YARN DOWN FIRST! NONONONONONONOOOOO! STOP RUNNING AROUND US! CAMILLE! RACHEL! STOP THIS INSTANT!"

"Alright, now, Nickolas, untie Noah and me... Camille, get away from us with those scissors!... Put them on my desk and go sit in the corner! Rachel you too!... In the OTHER corner... Nickolas, I think you are going the wrong way, dear... No dear, it's getting tighter..."

Laura, finally! Hurry and give me the vegetable oil! No! DON'T RUN!!... I know you didn't mean to trip honey, but you should have left the cover on the bucket... No, Noah, oil won't give you water on the brain..."

When Timothy and Uriah returned, they found this scene before them. Camille and Rachel were shooting rubber bands at each other from opposite corners of the room. Nickolas was pushing all the desks together against the wall to make a ship. Laura was sitting in a pool of oil crying. Noah had gotten the gum out of his hair just by yanking it out, leaving bald patches all over his head and was sitting on the lap of their beloved Teacher. She was sitting on a chair in the middle of the room, tied to the chair with blue, orange and lime green yarn, covered in oil from streaming hair to greasy shoes, staring with wild, red-rimmed eyes at the clock...

You can imagine why Timothy and Uriah were found in the hall rolling on the floor, laughing...



I'm working on the next story. Don't rush me! I'm waiting for the last minute! Razz

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BIG PROBLEM PEOPLE!


Mon Nov 21, 16 10:27 am

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OK!... Don’t worry!... Don't anybody panic!... I got this! I got this under control!...



Um, I think I got this under control!...


Well, actually, I’m really in need of some help!


I just can’t get this thing to work! It’s jammed or something!


I can’t get my brain to think of a new blog story line!


Help me, please!







Nah, this is just a gag to get you guys to do my thinking for me. I’m just working hard at not working! Razz

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Statement of Faith


Thu Feb 27, 14 10:07 am

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My Sister put this up on her Blog and my Dad suggested I do the same. All imput is appreciated and seriously considered, though I do reserve the right to respectfully disagree, as does anybody else. Smile


Doctrinal Statement of Faith

God the Father
We believe that God is spirit, triune, and the one and only eternal, immutable, invisible, transcendent, and self-sufficient One who is also omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, holy, loving, faithful, righteous, merciful, gracious, long suffering, and good. He is a God of judgment and jealousy, and He is the Creator, the sustainer, and Lord of all things. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment of His eternal plan and purpose. (Gen. 1:1-3; Exod. 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 42:2; Psalm 90:2, 102:24-27, 139:7-18, 147:5; Isa. 40:28; Jer. 23:23-24: Nahum 1:2-6; John 4:24, 14:1-26; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; James 1:17; 1 John 3:20, 5:6-12; Rev. 4:11)

The Holy Bible
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God in its original penned manuscripts of Hebrew and Greek. The Lord has preserved His Word in faithful translations throughout the world in languages of the common man. By “The Holy Bible” we mean the collection of sixty-six books contained in the Old and New Testament from Genesis to Revelation. This Bible is the complete and final revelation of God’s will and, therefore, is the believer’s sole authority for faith and practice. Our church chooses to use the King James Version based upon its historical accuracy and to eliminate confusion by using only one translation for all services. (Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:105; John 1:1-5; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Rev. 1:1-3, 22:18-19)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead, the promised seed of the woman, of Abraham, and of David. (Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38 ) He is Emmanuel, God with us, fully God and fully man, the Creator of all things. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23; John 10:30-38, 14:6-10; Col. 1:16-17, 2:8-9) Jesus Christ is unchanging: He was, is and always will be God. (John 1:1-3, 14; Heb. 13:8 ) He was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38, 2:21; Gal. 4:4) He grew in wisdom and favor with God and man, lived a perfectly sinless life, and gave Himself as the sacrificial payment for man’s sin with His broken body and shed blood. (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 2:40-52; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 2:6-18, 4:15; 1 John 2:1-2) He willingly died, was buried, and bodily rose again three days later. (Isa. 53; Mark 15:37-39; Luke 22:39-42, 23:46; John 2:19-22, 10:11-18, 19:30-37; Acts 10:38-41; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 5:2) He ascended back to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father. He intercedes as High Priest on our behalf and awaits the subduing of all things under His feet at the Father’s appointed time. (Psalm 110:1; Matt. 22:41-46, 26:59-68; Mark 12:35-37,14:55-65; Luke 22:67-71, 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11, 2:32-36, 5:30-32, 7:51-58; Rom. 8:34; Eph. 1:17-23; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 3:1, Heb. 7:24-27; 1 John 2:1-2) Then Jesus Christ, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will judge all men, both saved and lost. (Matt. 16:27, 25:31-46; John 5:22-30, 18:36; Rom. 2:1-16, 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 2:9-11; 2 Tim. 4:1, 8; Rev. 19:16)


The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal and equal with God the Father and God the Son. (John 14:15-21; Acts 5:3-4; 1 John 5:7) He along with the Father and the Son created all that exists. (Genesis 1:1-2; Col. 1:16) He inspired the writing of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. (Heb. 3:7-12; 2 Pet. 1:19-21) The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. (John 16:8-14) He seals (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:12-14), regenerates (John 3:5-7; Titus 3:3-7), indwells (John 14:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:16; 1 John 4:13), guides (John 16:13-15), baptizes (Acts 1:4-8, 11:15-18; 1 Cor. 12:13), teaches (John 14:26; 1 Cor. 2:10-14), sanctifies (1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Pet. 1:2), comforts (John 14:16, 15:26, 16:7; Acts 9:31), and gives spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-11; Heb. 2:2-4). We also believe that the Holy Spirit can be resisted, grieved or quenched. (Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:29-32;
1 Thess. 5:19)

Angels and Demons
We believe that all angels were created by God and that they are spiritual beings ordained to be God’s ministering spirits, messengers and worshipers. (2 Kings 6:14-18; Matt. 4:11; Col. 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-14) We believe that God’s angels will not bring any other gospel than what is revealed in God’s Word. (Galatians 1:8-9) We believe that angels are not to be worshiped or exalted. (Exodus 20:1-5; Col. 2:18; Revelation 22:8-9) We believe that demons are all angels that chose to leave their first estate with God in heaven and actively oppose the work of God and His saints. (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6)

Satan
We believe that Satan was once a holy angel of God. He fell and drew after him a host of angels and is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and Jesus Christ, the accuser of the brethren, the father of all lies, the author of all false religions, the chief source of the present apostasy, the lord of anti-christ, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness. He is destined however to final defeat at the hand of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Matt. 4:1-11, 13:19 & 39, 25:41; Luke 10:18; John 8:44; 2 Cor. 4:4, 11:13-15; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; 1 John 3:8; Rev. 12:1-10, 13:1-18, 20:10)

Creation and Man
We believe the Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively. God created the first man, Adam, in His own image and likeness and the woman was created out of man to be his helper. The creation was accomplished in six, twenty-four hour days and God rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:2; Exodus 20:11). We deny any form of atheistic or theistic evolution. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution, or evolutionary change of species, or development through undetermined periods of time from lower to higher forms. All animal and vegetable life was made directly by God, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.” (John 1:3; Act 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:10)

Sin
We believe that sin is the transgression of God’s Holy Law and of His commandments, and it is the evil thought as well as the evil act. Sin is also omitting things we should do as well as doing things we shouldn't. Adam sinned and brought all of creation under the curse of sin. All men and women are dead in trespasses and sin. The righteous punishment for sin is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. (Matt. 15:17-20, 25:41, 46; Rom. 3:20, 23, 4:15, 5:12, 6:23, 7:15-19; Heb. 9:27; James 4:17; 1 Jn. 3:4; Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8 )

Salvation
We believe that salvation is by God’s grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:1-18, 11:25-26, 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; Rom. 10:8-13; Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 3:15) We believe that a repentant heart toward sin is evidence or fruit of salvation. (Matt. 7:16-20; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 5:31-32, 6:43-49, 15:7; Acts 2:37-39; 2 Cor. 5:17, 7:10) Through shedding His blood, Jesus Christ provided full atonement (reconciliation) for all our sins in His substitutionary death, burial, and bodily resurrection from the dead. (Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4 & 12-19; Heb. 9:19-23, 10:4-14; 1 John 2:1-2, 4:10) At the point of faith, God justifies the believer through the merits of Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26), redeems the believer (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Titus 2:13-14), reconciles the believer to Himself (Matt. 18:11; Rom. 5:6-10; Col. 1:21; 1 Pet. 3:18 ), regenerates the believer unto eternal life (Rom. 5:19-21; Titus 3:4-7), adopts the believer into His family (John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:14-16, Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:13-14), and sanctifies the believer unto good works (Matt. 12:33; John 15:5; Eph. 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-10). We believe as the scripture states that “ye must be born again” in order to be saved. (John 3:1-7, 11:25-26) Salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit, is offered freely to all without discrimination, and is completely apart from the works of the Law. (Luke 24:44-48; Acts 2:21; Rom. 1:16, 10:11-13; Gal. 3:10-14) Those that are saved from sin are saved eternally. (John 3:36, 6:37 & 47, 10:27-30; Rom. 6:21-23, 8:35-39; Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)

The Church
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone and true head of the Church. (Matt. 28:18; Acts 4:10-12; Eph. 1:17-23, 2:19-22, 4:15, 5:23-27; Col. 1:16-18; 1 Pet. 2:6-7) We recognize that the word “church” can have two meanings: 1) the church is all of the born-again believers throughout history; and 2) the church is a local congregation, a visible assembly gathered in a particular place. (Acts 14:21-27; 1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:23-25) We believe that the local church is a group of believers who have willingly joined themselves together to serve the Lord. (Acts 2:41-47, 14:22; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 1:10, 12:12-27) We believe the purpose of the church is to worship the Lord; to preach the Word of God and the gospel of Christ; to instruct, edify and equip the saints; to pray and fellowship with one another; and to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:41-47, 8:26-39; Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:11-16) We believe the church has two offices, Pastor and deacon, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. (Acts 6:1-3, 14:23, 20:28-31; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Pet. 5:1-4) We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government: no organization, group or individual can act on behalf of the local church nor impose their will upon it. (Acts 6:1-7, 15:19-31) We also hold that the will of the local church is final in all matters of policy, discipline, benevolence, or fellowship with other churches. (Acts 15:19-31)

Ordinances of the Church
We believe the Bible teaches two ordinances which believers are to follow in obedience to Christ: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, also known as Communion. We believe baptism and communion are not requirements to salvation. We believe Christian baptism is the complete immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It is a picture of the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is an identification and outward testimony of what has already happened in the believer’s heart. (Matt. 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Acts 2:38 & 41, 8:12 & 35-39, 10:43-48, 16:30-33, 18:8; Rom. 6:3-6; Col. 2:12) We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of what Jesus has done for us. Our church observes the Lord’s Supper by partaking of unleavened bread and non-alcoholic grape juice as the symbols of Jesus Christ’s broken body and shed blood done in remembrance of Him. We believe no one except saved and baptized believers may participate in the Lord’s Supper. Believers should always examine why they partake in communion: it is to remember the Lord’s death until He comes. (Matt. 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-31)

End Time Events
We understand the scriptures to teach that at God’s appointed time “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God” to receive His bride unto Himself. All saved believers in Christ are His bride. Believers who have already died shall be raised; then they and those who are alive shall immediately be caught up in the air with the Lord Jesus. This event is commonly referred to as the Rapture. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 5:1-11; 2 Thess. 2:1-3) After Christ and his bride are joined together, unbelievers left behind on earth will go through a seven-year period of wrath and judgment from God, called the Great Tribulation. After this time, Christ shall return visibly to the earth with his army (the Second Coming), and the great battle of Armageddon will be fought at Megiddo in the valley of Jezreel, with Christ victorious. (Zech. 14:2-4; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 21:20-28; 2 Thess. 2:3-12; Rev. 1:7, 14:9-11, 16:13-16, 19:11-21) The beast and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire. Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit, and Christ and His saints shall reign in righteousness for a thousand years (the Millennium). (Isa. 11:1-10, 65:17-25; Rev. 19:19-21, 20:1-6) After the thousand years, Satan will be loosed for a short time to deceive the nations until they assemble for battle against the Lord, and He destroys them with fire (battle of Gog and Magog). (Ezek. 38; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:7-10) Then all unbelievers will be raised to stand at the Great White Throne to be judged. They will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity, along with Death, Hell, and the devil and his angels. (Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Cor. 5:10; Jude 6; Rev. 20:11-15) A new heaven and a new earth will be created, and Jesus Christ will reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords with His own in the new Jerusalem. (Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:27-45; Matt. 25:31-40; Luke 1:32-33; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Phil 2:9-11)

Statement on Morality
Be it resolved that the policy of this church is to be opposed to all forms of sexual immorality and abuse, including, but not exclusive to, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, incest, pornography or bestiality.

Further be it resolved that we believe in the literal interpretation of Scriptures within the Bible which condemn these acts, materials, or relationships. To be consistent with this position, we could not, therefore, knowingly place into leadership positions, or receive into church membership any person actively practicing or condoning these sexual perversions. Any person found to be violating Scripture in this area would be subject to dismissal from any leadership position and possible removal from church membership if there is not proper repentance and restoration.

Further be it resolved that the moral corruption of sexual sin can be fully forgiven through repentance and faith in Christ’s atoning work (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 John 1:9), but physical and spiritual scars caused by sexual sin cannot always be erased in this life. Thus we affirm that God fully forgives all who repent of sexual sin. We believe that relationships broken by sexual sin can be restored through genuine repentance and faith. We deny that there is any sort of sexual sin God cannot forgive. We oppose the idea that victims of sexual infidelity or abuse should never forgive those who have sinned against them. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5-13; Lev. 18:1-30; Deut. 27:20-23; Rom. 1:26-32; 1 Cor. 5; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-5; Heb. 13:4)

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that marriage was instituted by God to be a permanent covenantal union between one man and one woman and therefore are opposed to polygamy or same-sex marriages. We also believe that the Scriptures show marriage to be a representation of the relationship Jesus Christ has with His church. We further believe that God hates divorce and has always intended a marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorced persons are Biblically prohibited from consideration for the offices of pastor or deacon, even though they might be greatly used of God for other areas of Christian service. (Gen. 2:24; Mal. 2:14-16; Matt. 5:31-32, 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Cor. 7; Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12)

Abortion
We believe that God knows all individuals before they are ever born. Therefore, we believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We believe that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the well-being of the mother are not acceptable. (Gen. 20:17-18; Exod. 21:22-23; 1 Sam. 1:5-20; Psalm 139:14-16; Eccl. 11:5; Isa. 44:24, 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:44)

Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve disputes. We believe the Bible possesses all the resources necessary to resolve any and all disputes between members. (Matt. 5:38-42, 18:15-17; Rom. 12:17-21; 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:2-4; 1 John 1:5-9)

Civil Government
We believe that civil government is appointed by God the Father to rule according to His commandments and for the interests and good order of human society. We believe governmental authorities are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, except in things clearly contrary to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures. (Exo.18:23-26, 20:1-17; 1 Sam. 13:13-14; 2 Sam. 23:3; Psalm 22:27-28, 67:3-4, 118:8-9; Matt. 10:28; Acts 4:18-21, 5:27-33; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-3; Titus 3:1-2; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-17)

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