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  1. Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
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  3. Friday Church News Notes May 27, 2016, Volume 17, Issue 22 PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE DOCTRINE IN DECLINE (Friday Church News Notes, May 27, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - According to a new survey, only 28% of preachers 45 years old and younger hold to a Pre-tribulation Rapture. This compares to 36% of preachers overall. The survey of 1,000 pastors was done by Lifeway Research. Less than half believe the Antichrist is a literal figure who will arise in the future. Of Baptist pastors, 75% believe in a literal Antichrist; of Lutherans 29%, of Methodists 28%, and of Presbyterian/Reformed 31%.
  4. My wife made bacon cheeseburgers and waffle fries. Mmmmmmmmmmm
  5. In my experience this is little done by Christian parents and those few Christian parents who do attempt such are often looked down upon, even attacked, often by their own family and other Christians. On one hand we have God First. Seek ye first the kingdom of God: learn and obey what God says. On the other hand we have the "chase after worldly things first and fit God in sometimes when convenient". Unfortunately, the second most often is the choice of Christian parents. Time and again Christian parents say they must have their children in public schools so they can play sports. Sports comes first because that could lead to a scholarship to a secular school so they can get a degree towards a career making lots of money. Ask them about God's call on their children's lives and receive a blank stare, a long Uhhhhhhh, and maybe an attempt to say once their children are grown, have their degree and fine career, they will know what God wants them to do. When we decided to home school we received more negativity from family and other Christians than from anyone else. Our stand that Sunday was/is the Lord's Day and church attendance and participation in church (Sunday school, etc.) came before anything else (including family gatherings, sporting events, etc.), we received all sorts of reasons from family and other Christians as to many exceptions and reasons why other things were just as or more important than being in church on Sunday. A nearby church formed a Christian school which did very good for a few years until several families with many children announced they were moving their children into public school for the sake of sports. Praise God for parents who try to train up their children in accord with the Word instead of the world. They need our prayers.
  6. This is why so many churches don't solely rely upon doing as the Word says and trusting God with the outcome. Doing so puts it all in God's hands and in His timing, which often isn't the same as our time schedule. Instead, churches turn to gimmicks, specials, entertainment, forming special interest groups (such as a quilters group, divorced group, bargain hunters group, genealogy group) and various other extra-biblical means to draw a crowd. A local church recently sent out a mass mailing, put up a large sign by their church, advertising an upcoming special "love" event. They ask folks to show up an hour before their regular service time to register for goodies and have donuts and coffee. Then they will have a "special service" (whatever that means), followed by a free meal, which will be followed by lots of games, free will donation yard sale, entertainment provided by their youth group band, etc. I'm thankful our church doesn't resort to such measures, and thankful for all the other churches which don't either.
  7. Exodus 16:29 See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
  8. Yes, Deuteronomy is a good one. In my night reading I just finished Philippians and will begin Colossians tonight.
  9. Indeed we read of the call to surrender all to Christ, Christ Himself telling us we should count the cost, and we read of the many who came to Christ and actually gave up all to follow Christ or were wiling to but commanded of the Lord to another area. While salvation on ones deathbed (as it were) is possible, this seems to be rare. How often does the dying one have someone present to rightly present the Gospel before the die? Even if they heard the Gospel many times in their life, and rejected it, how many will suddenly have a soft heart and rightly call out to the Lord. Each time a celebrity dies we see this attempt to find a means of believing they went to heaven. Sure, it's possible they may have came to Christ before they died, but realistically it's not likely. Even so, according to millions, including many actual Christians, Elvis, Prince, Houston, and most of those other TV, movie and music celebrities who have died are now in heaven. Not based upon any of them having a testimony of salvation, but based upon some things they said about religion, or some gospel song they sang, or their attending church when children, and the idea that surely God spoke directly to them as they were near death and brought them into heaven. Of a truth, nothing is required of us to be saved (baptism, a life well lived, giving to the church, etc.), but a saved person will have a transformation because as Scripture declares, they are become new creatures in Christ. The "simple prayer" evangelism which basically tells folks to "just believe", "just accept Jesus into your heart" and you will go to heaven; nothing ever expected of you beyond that, go and live as before if you wish, is very dangerous and some folks use this method without even realizing it or understanding it. Thus we have millions who believe they are heaven bound while yet lost in their sins. Had I realized I was dying prior to salvation I may have called out to the Lord, but I have no confidence I would have done so in a manner necessary for salvation. My Sunday school upbringing was long on works, short on the actual Gospel.
  10. Exodus 16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
  11. I've reached the psalms in my morning Bible reading. I love reading the psalms.
  12. Exodus 16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
  13. Yep, my patience runs out in some areas quicker than others.
  14. This reminds me of some people who are more concerned with trying to get a satisfying answer to their question, "will my pets be in heaven" than they are in whether their neighbors or other lost folks know the way to heaven.
  15. I lose interest in games with long delays. How do some people sit through a two hour rain delay to watch a three hour baseball game?
  16. It's hard to try and post much in the fun and games forum when each post takes at least 15-20 seconds to even go through. Currently, posting in the other forms is taking about 5 seconds to go through.
  17. Exodus 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
  18. I understand the beginning of this post, there are many duplicitous actions taken by the government, regardless of who is in power, which oftentimes seems totally contrary to what might appear reasonable. In some cases, the main or even only real solution to "why" is that most of the world is lost and serves the devil (even if unknowingly). World War Two could have rather easily been avoided, yet due to much bungling and lack of future considerations, the world was plunged into a war which continues to reverberate around the world. In the midst of the war many more unwise, unethical and not in our best interest actions were taken by our government (and not ours only). Back to Korea: once America successfully landed at Inchon, and broke out of the Pusan Perimeter, taking clear offensive advantage, that war should have been won. Even after the Chinese "volunteers" entered the war, America had the clear advantage and could have secured victory but government leadership failed. This process would repeat itself in Vietnam in worse fashion. Republicans or Democrats in power, in the modern era America has sided with communists, Muslims, terrorists, tyrants, dictators, mass killers, the ungodly time and again. Mostly this has been for the sake of hopeful short-term gains with little regard to possible long-term consequences. Reagan and Bush both armed various Islamist insurgents, terrorists, dictators, for a variety of reasons; often in the name of Cold War strategy. Notice in the case of Israel, Dems and Repubs alike have been against accepting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, have pressured Israel to give up land "for peace", aided in the establishment of "Palestinian" enclaves with an eye to establishing one or more "Palestinian" countries, pressured Israel to halt her military after each war with Arab neighbors rather than gaining a more decisive victory, called upon Israel to allow more non-Jews into Israel and to grant them full citizen rights (which would quickly lead to non-Jews having a majority control of Israel if implemented), and have only aided Israel in so much as it's been seen to benefit America and when they can tie strings to the help. I'm not sure what you are trying to say regarding Quadaffi.
  19. Exodus 16:19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
  20. Ok, I admit it, this sort of homework wouldn't be to my liking!
  21. Do I think it does what?

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