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  1. Yes. More specifically, they were the bride's wedding party that attended to her needs before and during the wedding. They would be akin to the bridesmaids we know of today. In those days, the bridegroom would come to retrieve his bride. While he approached the bridesmaids would meet him afar off and escort him to the gate of the home and escort the bride to her groom. Though I disagree with Covenanter's presumption of the 70 AD destruction, this passage is indeed meant caution of Jesus imminent return and the need to be watchful and ever ready.
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  2. 282Mikado

    Gas Prices

    That's funny right there!
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  3. Back in the 90's after 14 years active duty Navy I considered cross-rating to Religious Program Specialist (RP) and serving my remaining 6 (or more) years in the reserves. That idea quickly dissolved when I learned that the chaplain corps is not about true faith at all. Regardless your personally held faith, as a chaplain or RP you are required to cater to those of all faiths as if you were of their faith. This includes performing religious services, counseling, etc. Could you imagine being a chaplain or RP in the Navy, (as a true and faithful Christian) and having to council someone from the
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  4. Israel has found almost as much oil as Saudi Arabia in oil shale and enough gas off shore to have extra. Google Israel gas on you tube to verify. Deuteronomy 33:18-24 18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand. 20 And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head. 21 And he provided th
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  5. In all of my forty years as an Independent Baptist, this is one issue that has always caused me great discomfort and sadness. In any discussion that revolves around the qualifications for pastor the issue of divorce always takes front seat. All the other qualifications must always take a back seat to the issue of divorce. If our brethren who so forcefully contend that a divorced man is unsuitable for the pastorate would apply their reasoning to all the other qualifications, then no one could pastor because they could not qualify. Let me clarify on just this one point: Most of those that conten
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  6. In 1 Corinthians 6, there is a set of verses saying who will not enter the kingdom of heaven. And right after that it says 'and such were some of you'. I don't think that previous divorce, before salvation, is condemning for a man after he gets saved, to keep him from the ministry. We were all lost in sin and the lusts of the flesh and unclean. Everyone of us. And where is it said that a minister of God has to be able to counsel people in their marriage anyway? The scriptures are Godly counsel. Not the messenger.
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  7. John81

    Pure Flix

    Anyone know more about this or has actually seen this? This month Pure Flix, a Christian movie film company, has launched its own version of Netflix for Christian movie audiences. Pure Flix is taking the lead in serving the faith-based and family friendly content niche, currently streaming more than 2,000 faith and family movies, inspirational titles, TV shows, documentaries and biblically based educational programs. Pure Flix will exclusively offer many of the Pure Flix titles (75+) including Do You Believe?, Old Fashioned, Jerusalem Countdown, as well as theatrical features, and production
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  8. John81

    "Forced to Watch"

    Where does Scripture indicate we will go through 1,000 years feeling regret for vivid memories of past sins? That doesn't seem to agree with portions of Scripture dealing with glorified saints of God.
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  9. John81

    Difficult Wedding

    I pray the Lord's will be done at the service and for the marriage and family. When it comes to performing wedding ceremonies churches have various stances on the matter. Some churches will marry virtually anyone who walks through the door wanting to get married there, a few won't do weddings at all, and some restrict weddings to members of the church only. Then a variety of stances in between. At our church, our pastors only marry couples who are saved and who agree to a certain amount of what they call premarital counseling. During those meetings the pastor discusses biblical marriage and as
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  10. Covenanter

    Difficult Wedding

    Sounds complicated, David. I've been to a number of mixed weddings - but not with that mix of "parents." I pray all will go smoothly with for a happy marriage.
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  11. Invicta

    It Is Time

    Have you ever studied the symbolism of the two witnesses? 3 ¶ And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. Candlesticks represent churches. Re 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; Re 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golde
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  12. 282Mikado

    Pure Flix

    I'm glad you posted this. We haven't had outside t.v. reception for years (cable, satellite, or aerial). Our total experience is either Netflix, DVDs from the local library, or an occasional Redbox movie. After a little over a year of Netflix the material worthy of viewing is getting pretty scant. I started looking into Pure Flix last night and it looks like it has potential. My wife will look into it today and we will discuss. I really dislike spending money on something I use as little as the T.V., but there are some days, especially after a long hard day, that I only feel like vegging in fr
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  13. John81

    Gas Prices

    They always have a convenient excuse for why gas prices rise. It's interesting that when they rise they often do so by large amounts, yet when they drop the prices go down much slower. Gas prices in some parts of the country are also effected by various State and city regulations regarding the blend of gas they will allow to be sold there. This is one of the main reasons for higher gas prices in California and cities like Chicago and others. Those States and cities which demand special blends of fuel drive up the cost of preparing the fuel and creates bottlenecks in the fuel supply line. It wa
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  14. Mat. 25 immediately follows Mat. 24, when, after the warnings of the AD 70 destruction, Jesus gives general warnings regarding his second coming. We must live in readiness for that coming. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And k
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  15. I'm going to throw a wrench in the whole thing. First, Jesus spoke to Jews under the law-the law was being appealed to and Jesus spoke according to the law. We are not under the law. That we can find examples under the law is true, but as well, under Christ ALL can be forgiven and gone. As for blameless, NO man can be blameless in the eyes of man, any man-there will always be something to find fault in. We are blameless only in that we are born again and bought by the blood of Christ, which covers all our sins. In Divorce, we all seem to like to ignore what Paul said about it. For instance, if
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