I Need Ideas On Where To Move, Please
by David J. Stewart | May 2021
I am just about all ready to move, I just need a destination. Unless the Lord shows me differently, I have decided to move to either Tennessee or Texas, where there are no state income taxes. I haven't paid any state income taxes for 17 years on Guam, and ain't about to start now... lol. Why should I pay thousands of dollars needlessly just to live in a taxable state? There are lots of good churches in those states. Wyoming also has no state tax, but homes are expensive there, I'm not aware of any good churches. Lord willing I hope to buy my own place, because I'm tired of renting. Of course, life is what happens to you when you're making big plans!
If any of my web visitors have suggestions on cities to live in Texas or Tennessee, or anywhere you recommend, I'd appreciate your help. Due to my neck injury, I don't have the patience for heavy traffic congestion in bigger cities, so I am considering smaller cities. But I don't think I could tolerate the boredom of a tiny town. There are 19,500 cities across the United States. Less than 6,000 of them are tiny towns of less than 5,000 people. There are so many cities to choose from. My thinking is stuck and I need a boost. I was considering Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the average rent is around $1,100 a month, which is more than I want to pay. It's just me. I don't smoke. I have no pets. I am 54 and single. I just need a roof over my head. Johnson City is one consideration, where the average rent is $791 a month. I have to consider affordability, since I get disability and you never know what tomorrow may bring. I need a reason to move somewhere. My heart is not in Johnson City. But my heart is not in any place. So I am a lost wanderer...lol.
I like Texas a lot, but have no idea where to live. I've done lots of research. West Texas sounds ugly, dead and desert like. I looked at El Paso on the southern border, but it is 90% Hispanic. I LOVE Hispanic people, and Mexican food, but as a white guy I think I'd be happier living in a mostly white area. San Antonio has a population of 1,500,000 people and is 60% Hispanic. That might be good, but again, I think I wouldn't feel at home. I've read that you need to speak some Spanish in San Antonio to communicate with people. Plus, I think San Antonio is way too big a city for me. So I need a place that's affordable. I need to find a larger Baptist church, because I want to find a wife. I don't like traffic. I don't like state taxes. My neck always hurts badly, which makes doing anything more difficult. Thankfully I can function normally, I'm just in constant bone-gnawing neck pain, in the bony area in the back of my neck (C5-C6-C7). The 80 mg a day of the Oxycontin drug really helps. Pray for me, I'm having a rough time. Aren't we all!
I definitely don't like high crime. It's hard to get accurate information online. Every city I look at is said to have “high crime,” but then I read comments by people who live there and say it is a great place to raise a family. I tend to agree with the comments. But again, I am not sure. I will make a decision, one way or another, God willing. I am praying for God's wisdom. I just wanted to throw a fishing line out to my web visitors, in case anybody has some helpful information. I need help to decide where to relocate from Guam. I cannot find a church here, and without a church I'll never find a wife, and I am very lonely for companionship. I am done surviving this way. I battle depression from loneliness. No one in local churches care on Guam. If Harvest Baptist Church on Guam doesn't care about the purity of the Bible, nor the truth, nor the accuracy of the Gospel, nor the true meaning of Bible repentance, then why in the world would they care about a hurting broken man like me?
So I cannot wait to get the hell out of here! I want to leave in July, but I cannot go anywhere until I have a definite destination. Nobody wants to be where they're not wanted. My website ministry is like a Vampire's cross when I go to churches. I don't say a word and they already know about my ministry, and pastors are intimidated by my aggressive style of preaching (although I am a friendly guy, until you step on my tail...lol). I need to arrange some form of housing, and then find a doctor for my neck pain medications. Then I'm gone like the wind! I just need a destination. I was considering somewhere in east Tennessee, but then I found out that more people moved to Tennessee in 2020 than any other state, which has driven rental and homes prices way up. Obviously the farther out in the country you move, the cheaper it gets, but I have no idea what I am doing. Someone mentioned the city of Sparta, Tennessee. I am looking at that now. So if you ever lived in Texas or Tennessee, or live there now, I'd love to here from you. I'm just an idiot who needs all the help I can get...lol. My web visitors are my best resource (and I love you all).
ABOVE: I signed up for ChristianFilipina. There are some great young Baptist gals over there who are humble, and I am really thinking about marrying one of them! Yeah buddy! I'd marry all of them if I could...lol. American women are stuck up and snobby, picky, liberated, proud, modernized and demanding. I'm going to marry me a 22 year old gal and cherish her every day!
I Serve A Savior!
ABOVE: I Took This Picture of a Mushroom. God Is More Than Amazing!
My heart is heavy. I am a bit scared of what the future holds, but I know God is with me each step of the way (Hebrews 13:5). Faith is not the absence of fear, but trusting God in spite of it. I am frustrated each day and night, lonely, and not sure where to move. Lord willing, I plan to move as soon as possible. I am taking things one day at a time. That is how God gives life to us, 24 hours at a time. Moving will disturb everything. I will need a new doctor. I will be assigned a new caseworker for my disability. I will live in a new city. I will need to rent another apartment. I will need to find a church, hopefully one that won't count me as their enemy (as has Harvest Baptist Church on Guam) for believing that God only authored ONE BOOK; and for believing that eternal life is a FREE GIFT, that you don't have to “exchange” all that you are to receive (which is the lie Bob Jones' crowd preach today).
I am just a nobody. God knows that I don't hate anybody, nor would I ever intentionally be unkind to someone. I always root for the underdog, like Pastor Jack Hyles taught me. I am the underdog in all this debate with the Bob Jones University crowd over the King James Bible. I am just the “crazy King James Bible only nut” who thinks God kept His promise to preserve “EVERY ONE” of His inspired words (which means they're still inspired) today. BJU insanely believes God kept His promise by preserving His “VERY PURE” Words (Psalms 119:140) in hundreds of English Bible revisions! Does that sound “VERY PURE” to you? All the while the Devil is laughing at the ignorance of Bible colleges and churches, who have wholly succumbed to a bunch of pseudo-scholars, who have convinced us that we do not have an infallible Bible anymore today. Again, I ask you, what the hell is wrong with pastors today? Does anybody love Jesus anymore. Jesus is the Word of God! How can we have just one Savior, but 339 different Bible versions? Or even two for that matter?
As messed up as my own personal life is, it is not one ten-thousandth as messed up as the Bob Jones' crowd are spiritually today! My pain, loneliness and suffering will end when my life is over (which at age 54 cannot be much longer), but the damage being done by Bob Jones University and their ungodly alumni will perpetrate for generations to come, if the Lord tarries. Like Noah, who preached to deaf ears and hard hearts for 120 years, I am just a VOICE crying out the truth! I know I am right, as sure as I am saved, I KNOW I am right!!! Oh, why won't you all listen Bob Jones friends?
I love everyone with God's unconditional love. I have been happy in the Lord lately, just tired and frustrated with my situation and neck pain. I'll be so glad when I am done moving, and resettle somewhere. This has been a heavy burden on my heart for many years, where to move. The Bible says we walk BY FAITH and not BY SIGHT (2nd Corinthians 5:7). It doesn't matter if I FEEL like God doesn't care, I KNOW He does (1st Peter 5:7). It doesn't matter if I don't SEE answers to prayer, I KNOW that God hears all my prayers and will answer according to His will (1st Peter 3:12; 1st John 5:14). I love Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” I learned this truth from Pastor Jack Hyles in his wonderful book, “Exploring Prayer With Jack Hyles.” It was a joy to type out all fifty chapters during a very difficult time in my life. The Holy Spirit is the believer's prayer partner!
Anyway, pray for me dear friends. I have received so many heartbreaking emails lately from web visitors who are hurting (and if you're hurting you go ahead and contact me, that's why I'm here by God's grace). They ask for my prayers. I tell them I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all their problems go away, and bring happiness, but I cannot. But dear reader, there is nothing as wonderful as the joy of holding firm to the promises of God. I truly feel sorry for people who have little or no faith in the Holy Bible. One's attitude toward the King James Bible affects everything in that person's mind and life. If you believe every Word is inspired, accurate and infallible (as I do), then you will hinge upon every word, and build your faith upon a solid rock. Jesus is that Rock (1st Corinthians 3:11).
But if you merely view the Holy Bible as a religious text book, or just another one of hundreds of confusing Bible versions today, then you won't read, cherish, study and build your life upon it. The world's churches are filled with people who don't truly believe the Bible. Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutherans, Catholics, Church of Christ, Episcopalian, Seventh-Day Adventists, the Lordship Salvation Calvinist crowd, et cetera. They all elevate the commandments of men, and human tradition, over the inspired Word of God. Mark 7:9, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. ...Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” I thank God that He ordained me to be a preacher. My parents dedicated me to the Lord at age one at the Salvation Army. The Lord has honored their faith and investment in me, paying for me to attend Christian school at a local independent fundamental Baptist church as a boy. I am so very grateful. I could never repay God's goodness in my life. Jesus is so wonderful!!!
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that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalm 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
Souls Are Dying!
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
Mark 1:15, “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
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