The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Greetings

WELCOME TO THE PASTOR’S PEN!

Welcome to the Pastors Pen

Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Mike Szekely, and I pastor the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Loomis, Nebraska.

Proverbs 27:17 states, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”. I pray that through this blog, you and I both may be encouraged, challenged, and sharpened so that we may be “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

Pastor SzekelyI really do appreciate you taking your time to read my musings and observations, and I’d be thrilled for you to let me know what you think…better yet, let’s talk about and find out what God thinks!

May the Lord bless, and may we be a blessing unto the Lord!

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20 Responses to “Greetings”

  1. Hey, Bro. Szekely, I can’t believe I just found your blog. I’ll be prowling around and adding my $0.02 worth every so often, if that’s OK with you. And you promised to preach for me sometime – I’m going to hold you to it!

    Pastor Mitch Holmes
    Rolling Hills Baptist Church
    Anita, Iowa

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    Hey, Bro Mitch!!! Great to hear from you…and I’m so glad you found the blog! Please feel free to peruse my musings, and I’d love to hear from you and keep in touch.

    And oh yes…I’d be honoured if you would hold me to my promise!

    Lord bless you, my brother!

  3. Jonathan Robinson said

    G’day to you,
    I am thinking you are from Australia with this greeting.
    But no Nebraska over here, – Sydney.
    Kindly,
    Jonathan Robinson, Pastor
    ExploreChristianity.com

  4. G’day Bro. Robinson!

    Only a brother from Austrailia would pick up on my greeting! I’m not from “Aussie-Land” [is that okay to say?], but I’d love to one day make the trip!

    I just checked out ExploreChristianity.com…when I get some time I’ll watch all of your flash presentation…looks good! I did try to click on to your church’s website, but it didn’t work. Do you have an updated address?

    Thanks for clicking on to my blog…I pray it be a blessing unto you!

    Lord bless ~ Bro. Szekely

  5. Jeff said

    Sir,
    1.I believe a Baptist (AnaBaptist) is not a Protestant. I believe that Baptist ranks were established within the 1st century and they were persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church when they refused to join their misguided ranks.I believe the Baptist were the first and true church to follow Jesus Christ. I believe that I am Baptist, which agrees with limited reform views but not all.
    I feel that a Pastor that has members of his flock that are unsaved has problem (why are they members?) and they should not be in any positions within the congregation. I believe in Baptism by immersion, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I believe baptism of the Holy Ghost is at salvation. I believe that apostolic healing ended at 70 AD with St.Paul in Rome. I believe that biblical tongues ended about 55AD according to Corinthians.

    2.Presently, I don’t have a home church. I study everyday at home and read my Bible. I believe it is better to stay home than go to a false church. I have been fellowshipping with a friend from Landmark Baptist. He too is also amazed on the numbers of Christians that do not recognize the Sovereignty of the Lord. I have been praying for a church, and I have decided to return to a Baptist Church, but I have been somewhat disappointed with the last three, I visited.I went to a charismatic church in 2000, because I hadn’t been in church in years and I wrongly had in my mind that all churches were the same. I thought that Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ,Snake Handler’s were all the same;after several years of intense studying I quickly gained understanding that I was absolutely wrong. I pray and repent each day, but I know in my life there is longing to fellowship with a church family. I won’t lie all people should go to church, the right church…..Nebraska may be different, but here in southern Oklahoma we are having problems. Also, I will be honest with you, this is why a lot of people are listening and reading Reform theology; regardless of their faults they do believe in the Sovereignty of God and have a godly zeal for God.
    Jesus is Lord
    Jeff

  6. M Diorio said

    Hey! I looked for your website today and it said it could not be found. Looking for some of the preaching you have on it. Let me know what happened. Thanks!

  7. Bro. Szekely said

    G’day M Diorio!!!

    Try clicking on to http://www.lbcloomis.com

    This is a new site for us, and it’s not quite done, but it does have videoed sermons. We’ve not “officially” launched it yet, but go check it out – I think it’s going to work out fine.

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you ~ Lord bless!

  8. Jo Sock said

    Pastor,
    Forgive me for being curious, but I would like to know if you have your wife or family included on this site. I was seeking a photo of you and your wife together. Since I am a missionaries wife in Poland, I usually am more interested in who the wife is of Servants of God. You website is very much a blessing! Are you Polish? Your last name appears Polish. We’ve been in Poland the last five years, it is quite a ministry working with Roman Catholics. I am also from PA, near Allentown. God Bless You! Jolie

  9. Bro. Szekely said

    G’day Jolie!

    My wife and children aren’t on this blog, but I do have a pic to send you of us. Do you have email?

    My last name is Hungarian, but my mother’s madien name is pure Polish…I’ll let you know what that is via email as well.

    Where in Poland are you? Do you have a website? What church were you sent out from?

    Thanks for clicking on my blog, and I pray it would be a help to you…looking forward to hearing from you!

    Lord bless!

  10. Jo Sock said

    Pastor, Thank you for responding.
    please send e-mail to ________ (my husband and I share this adress). We are in Warsaw (capital city) and sorry, but we don’t have a website yet. We are sent out of First Baptist Church in Hammond, IN.

    Thank you,
    Jolie Sock

  11. Bro. Szekely said

    Thank you, Jolie!

    I’ll email you here in a moment…I’ll remove your email address from your post just for [your] privacy reasons.

  12. Bro. Szekely,

    Would you consider adding my church site to your roll? http://www.lakesidebaptistchurch.ca I recently switched it to WordPress. Let me know what you think!

    Pastor Hollingsworth

  13. Bro. Szekely said

    Will do, Bro. Hollingsworth!

    I just clicked over to your site, and it really looks good! After I update “Lakeside Baptist Church” on my blogroll, I’m going to peruse through the site.

    Thanks for clicking in, and keep on keepin’ on!

    Lord bless!

  14. Courtney said

    Brother Szekely,

    I have a question, and truly, I am not asking to start a debate. Genuinely, I am seeking an answer on this. I apologize for posting it here, but was unsure how to contact you otherwise. First, I assume you are KJV only since you are Independent Baptist. I consider myself Baptist, but not Southern Baptist. I am, for lack of better terminology, rather Calvinistic and reformed in my theology. Anyway, if you are KJV only, could you explain why? I realize I could do a Google search and turn up many, many answers. My problem with that is I don’t really know who I am getting advice from that way. I have been reading at your blog and feel great peace that you are a man of God. I do use the NASB, but I find when I am stuck, and don’t know what God is trying to teach me, it unlocks when I look it up in the KJV. I would appreciate it if you could help me with this.

    I have asked my husband this question and he is not familiar with the reasonings either.

    Courtney

  15. Bro. Szekely said

    G’day Courtney…It’s great to hear from you!

    No apologies needed, and I’d be honored to discuss with you why I believe the Authorized Version, or King James Version of the Bible is the Word of God for the English-speaking people. It’s a great question you asked, and I’ll try my best to communicate my thoughts. BTW: If you’d like to continue this via email, you can find my email at http://www.lbcloomis.com. At the top, click “Our Pastor”, and on that page you’ll find my email. Sorry for “run-around”, but it’s just my way of keeping the spam down [by not freely posting my email]…anyway…back to your question at hand.

    First let me state that although I use only the KJV, I’m not of the group that call themselves “KJV-only”. Between you and me, I didn’t realize there was a group out there like this…but it was brought to my attention. [I think] the KJV-only group think that the KJV actually corrects the manuscripts from where the version is translated…I don’t believe that.

    Now how did I come to the conclusion in my life that the AV (KJV) is THE Bible for the English-speaking people? Well:

    #1: This might sound elementary, but I noticed that the English translations said things differently AND some said less than others AND some just left things out in certain places – important things like the Blood of Christ, the Deity of Christ, etc – when it was stated in another translation. “Well”, I asked, “did God say it this way, or did He say it that way?” I thought of how I would instruct and correct my children. I would tell them, “This is the way, walk ye in it”, and I’d tell them one way.

    All this brought me to what is called the “Verbal-Plenary” view of the Bible. This term simply means that God inspired [God breathed] every Word, i.e. – “Verbal”, and that all the words equally come from God, i.e. – “Plenary”. So when it comes to the inspiration of the Bible, I’d call myself a Verbal-plenarist.

    #2: Now there was a choice I had to make between Dynamic Equivalence and Verbal Equivalence, and these terms deal with the translating of the Scriptures. Basically, Dynamic Equivalence says that the thoughts of God were inspired, but not the very words. This type of translating DOES NOT follow the manuscripts “word-for-word”, but it leaves the “flow of thought” up to the translator as they see fit. Verbal Equivalence takes the very words of the manuscripts and renders them as closely as possible in English. This method was used by the KJV translators.

    I cannot trust a translation and translators that try to determine God’s thoughts over His words…but I’d much rather trust in a translation that translates word-for-word. BTW: Because of Dynamic Equivalence, there are many English translations out there, and all different…why? The flow of thought was left up to the translator as they saw fit. To me, that would be inspiration…and God already inspired His Word for It to be preserved in translation.

    #3: I also came across this: The KJV was translated from the Masoretic text (Old Testament) and the Textus-Receptus, or “Received Text” (New Testament), while all other translations – even the New King James – was translated out of other Hebrew and Greek texts. My question again was, “Why”? The O.T. and N.T. texts of the KJV are different than all other English translations, and Courtney, there are major differences!

    There are many, but for example: Why is Acts 8:37 not in most major translations or placed as a footnote at the bottom of the page? This verse gives the eunich’s testimony of his salvation in Christ by BELIEVING on Him…what was asked in vs36 and what happened in vs38? The eunich was baptized. If vs37 wasn’t there, I could make a great argument that this man was baptized for salvation! It’s subtle, but it’s different from the Textus Receptus.

    So I believe the KJV is the Word of God for the English-speaking people because I couldn’t get over that English translations weren’t translated from the same source AND they weren’t saying the same thing. I’m held to the KJV because I believe it is superior for reasons stated above; it’s tried and true; it’s stood the test of time; it does not take away the Blood of Christ or the Deity of Christ; it hasn’t changed; and it’s been the ONE translation that’s been attacked ever since 1901.

    As I close, Courtney, I see you read the NASV…did you know about the testimony of S. Franklin Logsdon? He was invited by a business friend named Franklin Dewey Lockman to prepare a feasibility study which led to the production of the New American Standard Version (NASV). He also helped interview some of the men who served as translators for this version. He wrote the Foreword which appears in the NASV. In the later years of his life, Logsdon publicly renounced his association with the modern versions and stood unhesitatingly for the King James Bible. If you wanted to read his testimony, please go to: http://www.scionofzion.com/logsdon.htm – this is just a website I found it on and I don’t know anything else about the site…but it’s a true testimony. In fact, In a letter dated June 9, 1977, Logsdon wrote to Cecil Carter of Prince George, British Columbia: “When questions began to reach me [pertaining to the NASV], at first I was quite offended. However, in attempting to answer, I began to sense that something was not right about the NASV. Upon investigation, I wrote my very dear friend, Mr. Lockman, explaining that I was forced to renounce all attachment to the NASV. …I can aver that the project was produced by thoroughly sincere men who had the best of intentions. The product, however, is grievous to my heart and helps to complicate matters in these already troubled times.”

    A long reply, but I hope this helps, Courtney. I’d love to hear back from you on this. We can do some comparing of translations or whatever you want. I’m so thankful you asked me about this, and forgive my lengthy letter…there’s really no way to answer without being thorough.

    Lord bless!

  16. Courtney said

    I am replying to this via email. Thank you!

    Courtney

  17. Bro. Szekely said

    I look forward to hearing from you, Courtney…and you’re welcome 🙂

  18. Gary Johnson said

    Bro. Szekely,

    Greetings from one in your past. I preached at your church 8 years ago when you were meeting in Holdrege. I had the Bibles and books on board. We have never forgotten you folks and think about you when I eat a double stuff Oreo cookie, as you gave us two packages before we left town. I am now in Bullhead City, AZ and have been the pastor of the Mohave Baptist Church for five years. God bless you brother, and I will check back at times to enjoy your musings. I had just read about Obadiah Holmes yesterday preparing for a SS lesson.
    Good to see others keeping our history
    out there for folks to read about.

    Bro. Gary Johnson

  19. Bro Johnson…G’day to you!!!

    It’s wonderful to hear from you! Wow, what a “blast from the past”! Great to hear you’re pastoring in AZ…does your church have a website? Is there a way I can email you? If you want my email, please go to my church’s website [www.lbcloomis.com] and if you click the tab, “Our Pastor”, there you’ll find it.

    Thank you for getting back in touch, and Lord bless you, my brother!

  20. remonty said

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