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  1. Also, most of these behavioral issues are matters of individual conscience in my view, and not matters to be judged or prejudged or "run by" the pastor.
  2. Ooooh, those are SO good. They're like spicy pickles.
  3. I'll be eating an omelet in my office. :coolsmiley:
  4. That's great Kevin, how much are they paying you? j/k. I'm sure you want to keep it confidential.
  5. I would certainly hope that anyone who was seeking God who came to a "church" would have the gospel message presented there during each and every session in a clear and concise way.
  6. If there is some serious
  7. Yeah, out of all my years here on OB I never recall Kevin professing to be a reformed Calvinist. lol!!!!
  8. I actually had some Korean food today. I don't know the name of the dish but it had spicy shredded beef with scallions, and the soup was red. It came with side dishes (noodles, cucumbers, kimchee, seasoned bean sprouts). Love, Madeline[/align]
  9. There's a similar thread started by Kevin on this issue. The main function of all church members should be soul-winning by being nourished by the Word of God (Matt. 28:19,20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 20:28,32; Eph. 4:12; Col. 1:28; 2 Tim. 4:2). This equips believers in their particular ministry that God has called them to. Ephesians 4:11-12 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Love, Madeline
  10. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who received his email, and none of his other friends seem to be aware of this. And that's the way he types...he may be dyslexic or his english is poor. Love, Madeline
  11. A friend of mine had visited Thailand to stay with his relatives and got into some sort of trouble that he was reluctant in disclosing. He had asked if he could borrow some money. His exact words were: I received this email on the 25th of November. I emailed him back and he is usually prompt with his email replies but I haven't heard from him since then. If a prOBlem occurs, he is usually precise and specific in describing it. This is the only time where he hasn't. I extremely worried about him and desire that someone would pray with me for his safety. He has recently become a Christian and I know that Satan is trying to stop him from telling his family members of the message of the Gospel. Thanks in advance! Love, Madeline
  12. Most people began their Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving, or midnight of Thanksgiving (like me :icon_biggrin:). I still have more Christmas shopping to do as I am on my way to Kohls for myself . You can save a lot of money with those after Thanksgiving sales but it's prOBably wiser to do your shopping before Christmas season to avoid the hassle. Are you finished? Love, Madeline
  13. Golden poison dart frogs are beautiful even from a distance, but it carries enough toxin to kill an entire family of humans. It's what's in the inside that matters the most....
  14. I'm not looking for a debate because I know that this is a hot topic, so I promise to post only once. I wanted the chance to comment on the wine thread started by Kevin but now it is locked. I don't care if this thread will be locked...I only want to prove the true meaning of wine using exegesis and biblical hermeneutics. Whenever it says they have wine in the Bible, they have wine (not grape juice). Wine, by definition, has alcoholic content. That is not just English usage, but also Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Where the Bible says wine, it means wine -- wine with alcoholic content (there is no other kind). Grape juice naturally ferments. I am no oenologist, but my understanding is that grapes have a natural yeast that adheres to their skins (different types of yeast in different geographical areas). Nowadays, vintners kill off the natural yeast so that they can use their own for a more predictable result. But in antiquity, there was no way to do this (no access to sulfur dioxide). As a result "new wine" or "must" (Greek /tryx/, Hebrew /tiyrosh/) began fermenting naturally within six hours after pressing the grapes into juice, and there was no to stop the process thereafter. We avoid this today if we want grape juice without alcohol by pasteurizing the "must" right after squeezing the grapes. But in antiquity, the only way a person could ever even have had grape juice which was not fermented was to have a swig right out of the vat and right after pressing. Fermentation occurs naturally and continues until all of the yeast is used up / dies off, resulting in a by volume content of at most 15% alcohol. They did water down their wine in antiquity very often (this was the Greek practice, at any rate), but even watered down, there was alcohol present. In short, there is no Greek or Hebrew word for "grape juice" meaning "non-alcoholic juice" -- that idea / concept was unknown for lack of pasteurization and modern methods of killing the yeast. Samson had to drink water -- he was not even allowed to eat/drink anything that had anything to do with the grape and for just this reason. Proverbs 23:31: Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. Note that the wine has already been poured here and is about to be consumed (that is, we are not talking about any process of fermentation: this wine is ready for consumption and the fermentation process long ago completed). Clearly, the reference in "sparkling" is to the appearance of wine (" Look not thou upon the wine"): many connoisseurs rhapsodize about the color of wine (as well as its "bouquet", etc.), so that this is a well known "attractive feature" of wine which may seduce a person. This teaching was given to Solomon and he passes it along to us: do not let wine seduce you with /any/ of its delights, including its lovely appearance. The wine in the cup in the context is already wine = already fermented. As I have no doubt said before, I have no prOBlem with a Christian deciding to refrain from alcohol -- as long as they make that decision on their own without any outside pressure. In fact, it's a great idea to stay away from something that provides no great positive benefit but which can cause serious prOBlems in some people. However, as with all such matters, the attitude behind the decision is all important. For if I give something up in order to boast about it, or if I give something up because I am worried about what other people think, not only do I receive no benefit for doing so; I also am damaging myself spiritually for acting in a hypocritical and/or cowardly way (by the way, this is */not /*a brief for drinking: my advice to any teetotaler would be to stay as you are; cf. 1Cor.7:17-20). As to the point that there is nothing wrong with a Christian partaking of alcohol in moderation, apart from drunkenness, and in circumstances where weak believers are not damaged by the behavior, the Bible leaves us in no doubt. Would Jesus have turned water into wine if it were a sin to drink wine? Would He have drunk wine Himself (which He most certainly did)? Would He have looked forward in anticipation to the time when He and the disciples would be "drinking it new in the kingdom of God"? Would Paul have recommended that Timothy give up his unusual practice of drinking water only? Finally, while the culture of the Old and New Testaments is replete with the drinking of wine (a very healthy thing in those days as a little wine mixed with water having a high bacterial content of untreated water acted as a purifier), there is no biblical prohibition against drinking wine anywhere, except in the case of the Nazarites. But of course the Nazarites are the exception that prove the rule: if no one drank wine, then why would it be so emphatically prohibited in their case? And there is this: "and after that (i.e., the successful completion of his vows) the Nazarite may drink wine." (Num.6:20). I can certainly understand how someone who appreciates the dangers of alcohol and who has first-hand or up-close experience of the damage it can do would want to spare people, especially fellow Christians, from such troubles. But incorrectly teaching what the Bible actually says is entirely the wrong way to go about this. Love, Madeline
  15. For some reason the [/align] appears in between words in my post when I hit the post reply button. This usually happens in the "polls" thread.
  16. If you're wearing shoes with heels then you can just use the heels. That way you won't get disgusting spider pate under [/align]your entire shoe.
  17. It may appear as if K has opened up a can o worms. ;-)
  18. I think what you are doing is wonderful (no matter what you wish to call it). We are strongly encouraged by scripture to pray, and I know of no passage which discourages it of course. Being a "prayer warrior" is the specific major ministry that many believers are given by the Lord. But even for those of us who are not as gifted in prayer as others, the more prayer the better! I think praying for those you meet is a wonderful idea, and even better if you are doing it deliberately and consistently. I see nothing in anything you describe as being unbiblical in any way, but rather to be responding to the Lord according to the Bible in a very inspiring way. Love, Madeline
  19. I know this is not the "fun and games" thread, but ban John81 for not posting for a while.
  20. I used to partake in a ministry where we did "prayer walking", which was basically searching for the lost throughout our city (prostitutes, drug users, those who frequent pornography shops, homeless, etc.) and introducing them to the precious message of the Gospel and the love of Jesus. NOTHING MORE, AND NOTHING LESS. We didn't adopt the idea of prayer walking from paganism or it's practice, nor did we try to win or claim a city. We simply had a sincere love for the lost and wanted them to know the love of God. We walked and we prayed for the los and we didn't walk around like idiots with our eyes closed while praying. It was exciting to see the lost turn their hearts to the Lord and I was very greatful for this. [/align]Interestingly, there where some Christians who condemned our practice just because we put the two words, "prayer" and "walking" together. Love, Madeline
  21. Where'd ya go, John? You're the top poster here on OB.
  22. I never ONCE said I agree with the speaker, so if you have a gripe about it...tell it to the speaker on sermonaudio. You can email him.
  23. Ban Brandon for spelling his name backwards. Woohoo, did it again!!!! :D
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