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  1. Thank you for continuing to pray. It means a great deal. Jerry, not only am I glad to see you back, I appreciate you taking the time to read this mini-book and the prayer! Jim, I will pass that on to him. Knowing godly people are praying is the best encouragement we could get! 1Tim, thank you. There isn't a lot of change since my last post. Except that Randy told me last night that his INR had actually been 1.8 on Friday. His hospitalist (a doctor who works only in a hospital) told me Randy needs to get a hematologist here in the area (the one who dealt with his issues 2 years ago is in Seattle). So that's on the list. He needs one to be the best guide with his clotting issues. Far too many regular doctors have pushed for Randy to change from Warfarin, but Dr. Picozzi (the Seattle hematologist), Dr. Roop, and another hematologist Dr. Roop spoke with [he also talked with Dr. P] all agree that Warfarin is the best for his situation. Oftimes those with Factor V do better with another ant-coagulant (both of Randy's brothers who are now on them use different ones - and, of course, their doctors have said Warfarin isn't best LOL). But Randy has two genes of it rather than just one, so Warfarin will stay. I'm glad - as Dr. P said, Warfarin (coumadin) is the oldest and best known anti-coagulant, and the easiest to work with in case of a brain bleed (ugh...just the thought...). I've learned a lot that I never even wanted to know! hehe - but I guess that's true of every part of our life's journey. I am really thankful for the great medical care he has received. Even if I disagree with their take on Warfarin, they have been wonderful to him.
  2. When our son was younger, I babysat so that I could stay at home with him. Sadly, a number of fellow members thought that meant that 50 cents/hr (with both parents working) was sufficient to pay me, you know, since they wanted someone to "do it for the Lord." I have to say, though, that I babysat for a few who were absolutely wonderful. We have hesitated in the past from asking another member to do something, lest they think we want it free. Hubs is always careful to let that person know we expect to pay the going rate.
  3. Randy had his INR this morning. It was only 1.9. Not good. So he will be going again next Friday for another test. Please pray that his number will go up. Best is about 2.5 or 2.6. No higher than 3. Without it being over 2, it's likely the clot is not dissolving.
  4. Oh, I would definitely agree that culture influences the way men treat women. And please note I didn't say any man, of any society, would suddenly realize the worth of a woman. Maturity in the Christian faith takes time - and often in cultures where women are devalued it takes more time. And, yes, the mind is still filled with what one has been taught. That is where proper discipleship comes in. Christians need to be taught how to renew and wash their minds so that they can love and obey God properly...and then love women properly. It is also true in the reverse, because in far too many countries women are the heads in their relationships. Every adult that has been saved has baggage of some kind, no matter the culture in which they have been raised. And the only way to unpack that baggage is via God's Word - the study, application, and obedience of it. Sadly, modern America has allowed "assimilation" to the point where people keep their culture and spread it as more from their culture immigrate here. A solid example of that is Islam. There are cities in this country in which Islam rules, and Sharia law is being pushed. That is a politico-religious ideology that definitely denigrates women. I know of men who have been saved and allowed God to change them - and they have become godly husbands and fathers. Not suddenly, though. Change takes time; it begins at conversion, but conversion begins the journey, it is not the final step. Sadly, as well, more and more men here in America are neither godly nor even moral. And that does influence how they treat women. As does how their fathers and/or significant men in their lives treat women. And even how their mothers act, whether or not they are moral (no, I'm not saying that it's all the woman's fault, but far too many men have gone wonky because their mothers are immoral). Because this can be publicly read, I will not mention names, but someone I know very well had a mother who constantly had men over while he was growing up. While he didn't beat his wife (wives), he was not faithful. He's married to wife #4, but he has also had a number of mistresses. And he does not believe that most women are/can be faithful to their husbands. That's baggage that can only be overcome by salvation and proper growth. Yes, here in America women used to be considered "expired" at a relatively early age - I believe it was 20 or so, so I would have been considered an old maid at 26. I don't have a problem with marriages that take place when one is at least 18. With one caveat: that the ones getting married are saved, right with God, and growing in Him. Early age or older, God must be central.
  5. Jerry! It's SO good to "see" you again as well! I hope you're here to stay for a while? I've thought about and prayed for you often. Are you still in the same place? If so, we aren't too far from your neck of the woods now.
  6. Except that those newer translations DO subtract from God's Word. The devil does indeed attempt to cast doubt on God's Word. He has since before the fall of man. He didn't create any myth regarding the KJV...other than the myth that the modern versions are "better."
  7. As do I. I love to hear a good orchestra that has instruments in balance. I hate having to listen to thumpity-thumpity "praise" music. Instruments in and of themselves are not evil. They are tools in the hands of the musicians and far too often in churches they are used in a questionable if not downright worldly way (even a piano can be misused). It is a wise pastor who forestalls that.
  8. I would agree, Corrine, that the ladies who have saved husbands should be grateful. I know that I am. Not only am I grateful that he is saved, I'm grateful that he loves the Lord more than he does me. That might sound silly, but he truly cannot love me as he should if I am first in his affections. Nor I him. Something that needs to be realized by any single person - whether male or female, because both genders (and there are only 2...sorry, had to say that ) have struggles - is that Christ MUST be first place in the heart. While I know the angst that single people who wish to be married have (I was 26 when I got married...not as old as some, but still long enough to feel I was missing out on a precious part of life), I also know that married life is not the answer. Only Christ is. Only Christ. It is only when we learn to be completely content with the life God has us currently in that we can be content in any future life He has for us. Please know that an American man is not necessarily the answer. There are multitudes of American men who are debauched, wife-and-child-abusers, etc. Nationality does not indicate the goodness of a man's (or woman's) heart. Only salvation through Christ, and obedience to Him after salvation, does. There could be a wonderful man in your vicinity whom God has for you. Please be patient, and learn to lean on and love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Then when God does bring you to the man He has for you, you will be completely ready.
  9. He's still in pain - the level goes up and down. It's a slow process. But he is enjoying the extra study time. We have a lot of sickness with our church right now. Over half the members are ill (and that includes myself and our son). We've sure been going through the fire since last November.
  10. Leviticus differentiates passover and feast of unleavened bread: Leviticus 23: 5-8. "On the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." This instruction clearly shows us that the Easter mentioned in Acts is not the same as Passover, as Dave has pointed out. While I do not accept any modern versions, both the NIV and the NASB are clear as to the difference as well. Easter has always been a pagan festival, in homage to Ishtar, the fertility goddess. It has NOTHING to do with Christ, so Tyndale got it wrong. Period. Christ is our Passover Lamb, not our fertility lamb. And before you jump on me as you did Dave, Jordan, rest assured that I don't believe Tyndale was stupid in any way. Just wrong to call Christ our Easter Lamb. Just as wrong as the modern translators who were wanting to refer to Christ as the "pig of God" because the people of Papua New Guinea didn't know what sheep were and held pigs as sacred. There is no mistake about Easter in the KJV. "Pascha" means Easter, and is the word used in Acts. "Pesach" means Passover. Two different words, two different meanings. The feast of Eostre (Ishtar, Easter) took place around the same time as Passover. Herod was referencing Easter - the festival of Ishtar - not the resurrection of Christ nor even Passover. Herod was an Edomite. His ancestors had converted to Judaism, but that doesn't mean Herod did. By his referring to the feast of homage to Ishtar, it is clear he was a pagan.
  11. @Jim_Alaska, I don't think he'll need therapy. None of the doctors have even mentioned it. I think his walking is going to be sufficient. We'll see, though, how things go in the next 2 weeks.
  12. Thank you, Dave, for the card. We finally picked up the mail this morning after church and there it was. Randy really appreciates it.
  13. I haven't updated on my hubs lately because it's been pretty much the same each day. He walks a lot throughout the house. He tries to make sure he gets up every hour and walks for about 10 minutes. He's still in pain all the time, and walking increases it. But he needs to walk to circulate his blood. And walking does speed healing. He went to see his primary doc yesterday. The doc was pleased with how things were going - he was actually a bit surprised that Randy was doing sowell. But he doesn't really know Randy. heheh Randy is determined to speed the healing by walking so much. AND - God is answering prayer as well. So the doc said that Randy is to remain off work for at least the next 2 weeks. In 2 weeks he'll see the doc again and they'll make the decision then as to whether or not he can return to work. He is getting back into the pulpit tomorrow, and he cannot wait!
  14. So sorry to hear all this! Will be praying for you and yours.
  15. Welcome back aboard. My hubs is a Buckeye, from the central OH area.
  16. i would agree that it might be good to read him carefully. However, I do think it's important to know what a person believes before reading what they write. I have family involved in the Pentecostal/Holiness movement. Oft times we use the same terminology. But, believe me, we are not really talking about the same thing. Piety and surrender are both very important for the Christian. But neither truly comes about without a proper view of God's Word. We do have My Utmost for His Highest. It's been a number of years since I read it, though.
  17. I know his father was a Baptist, in Scotland. And that he was saved under Spurgeon's preaching. While he was Baptist, he was influenced by a few mystics of that day. He also got involved in the holiness movement. I found this article which I think explains things better than I can. https://cicministry.org/commentary/issue132.htm
  18. Randy went in for another INR this morning. It was at 2.2. He'll be seeing his primary this Friday (the next INR will be the following Friday). We'll see how that goes. He's doing a lot of walking around the house, and then a lot of resting. His pain level remains about the same.
  19. Yesterday Randy's INR made it to 1.9. This morning he called me at 8:30 to inform me that it had jumped to 2.4! The doctor was happy - and told him he was going to send him home today! He told him it wouldn't be til this evening because they had to shut off the heparin and they need to monitor things for a bit with that. The Lord's timing is interesting - this is the first Sunday of the month, so we have afternoon service following lunch, and no evening service (usually we go to the nursing home, but because Randy was in the hospital we had to cancel this month). So I talked to Randy about 3 pm. He told me the doctor said he could come home at 5. Yeehaw! Josh drove me to the hospital, and we got there at 4:55. I helped Randy get dressed and away we went! The hematoma is still there, and still causing him pain. But he is able to bend his leg a bit - and the horrible bruising has really been clearing up (his entire thigh was badly bruised). After 18 days away, Randy is home! The doctor is pretty optimistic that the warfarin is dissolving the DVT. He'll likely have an ultra sound some time soon just to be sure (at least I hope so!). He has to see his primary doctor as soon as possible, so we'll be calling for an appt tomorrow. They were testing his INR every day, but now it'll stretch a bit further. He goes in Tuesday for it and then again Friday. He was able to take a shower for the first time since the morning of Feb. 14. Boy, was he happy! And he didn't miss out on the cowboy baked beans I made for church today. I so appreciate your prayer. I would appreciate continued prayer that the DVT would dissolve and that the hematoma would continue to shrink as the muscle continues to heal. It's been so great to glance over at his chair and see him in it.
  20. Randy's INR is still at 1.8. So unless it jumps to 2 tomorrow, he won't be coming home Sunday. Maybe Monday.
  21. So it's wrong to "criticize" something that is unbiblical, but it's ok to malign someone (misrepresenting David Cloud, claiming he is looking for perfection), and it's ok to be snarky about people in ministries that "only" win one or two people to the Lord in a year and who have a problem with unbiblical practice. That says a lot. It is rather sad that you choose to claim that folks who aren't in large ministries, and who work HARD in areas that are HARD, who spend much time in prayer and knocking on of doors and might win one or two a year simply choose to use easy believism as a cop-out because they don't accept unbiblical philosophy and aren't afraid to say so. One thing you left out, John, was that the 10,000 was in a year (and you are skirting around the fact that this person GREW UP in that ministry, like you did in the one you referenced...so, if you want us to take what you say as truth, you need to take what that former member says as truth as well - it's a two-way street). With 200 members, it certainly is within the realm of possibility if each member were to win 50 souls/year. Sadly, this member lived it and saw the man worship - which is all about numbers and ego. Just because a ministry makes claims of thousands of salvations/year does not mean that ministry is more spiritual than one in which there are only one or two salvations per year. Some of the fruit of easy believism is the fact that there are more Americans than ever who are near pagan in their beliefs. That makes it even harder to reach people, because pagans do one of two things: rest in their own "spirituality," or fold into their belief system whatever sounds good. Jesus sounds good? Ok, great, let's add him to our cadre of "gods." And that does happen, with the god of self being the primo god. I've been part of large ministries and small ministries. I've been part of ministries that have the easy believism philosophy, so I have seen first-hand the damage that causes. I grew up in the era of Hylesism and still see the fruit of that philosophy. It's very real, and it ought not be so snidely cast aside.
  22. I would definitely agree that it is more properly named easy believism. Sadly, Hyles was the one who popularized the quick prayerism, even though he's been gone for 17 years (and I know people who still worship him...). You're correct that the ideology is not just limited to one school/pastor. It's sad, really. I would hesitate to say that the ideology is not where it used to be. Because the seeker churches are all about the kind of stuff.
  23. I guess I read it differently than you fellows did. I didn't read it as an indictment of the current church in Hammond (which I believe has gotten much better under Bro. Wilkerson). Rather, the indictment was the philosophy and methodology that Hyles used and pushed. The 200-member church used as an example was the perfect picture, and in words of someone who grew up there. Two hundred members, but 10,000 baptisms in a year? Really? Where are those 10,000? Yes, I know that not every person who is saved and baptized will become a member, nor even an attender in many cases. But out of 10,000 baptisms, if there were truly 10,000 converted souls, wouldn't you think there would be one or two who would be added to the church? And the man-worship the person mentioned? Very, very real and very prevalent in many IFB churches during the '70s (and later). Man worship always, ALWAYS spiritually harms people. (when Hyles gleefully tells stories of children calling him God - and him not correcting them - well, I would call that encouraging man-worship. Along with songs like "we love you preacher, oh yes we do. We don't love anyone as much as you [really? more than parents? spouse? GOD?]...." Yup. Man worship) I think in defending certain things we need to be careful of attacking others. To defend the philosophy of easy-prayerism (which is what Hyles promoted, and that is not salvation) by attacking someone who is writing against the philosophy that has actually spiritually harmed many, many people (many - and I do mean many - whom I personally know) is kind of doing the same thing that Cloud is accused of doing. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. But I always thought the Bible teaches that true conversion changes the converted. No, it doesn't make them perfect (and Cloud never says it does). But they are changed, and it is a visible change. Maybe a slow one, but change comes. I'm thankful for the folks who are actually saved through any ministry. But that doesn't mean I have to give my stamp of approval on the way the ministry is handled. Especially if something is unbiblical about it. JMHO (I do hope that I don't come across as argumentative.)
  24. I stand corrected - PT is not attached to the INR for lab purposes. It is actually a separate test to see how quickly the blood clots. But it is used for heparin. Randy is on both while in hospital. While I was there, the nurse came in to shut off his heparin for 30 minutes. Apparently the PT test showed numbers that indicated they needed to shut the heparin off and allow the body to adjust to it. When they turned it back on, they lowered the amount of heparin he was getting. That can only mean that the thinners are doing their job. =D So maybe tomorrow we will see 1.9 or even 2! We have a guest speaker lined up for this Sunday, but Randy would be so thrilled to be back in the services.
  25. I'm sorry, Jim - I should have explained what INR means. It is International Normalized Ratio. Usually a PT is attached to it for lab purposes. PT stands for Prothrombin Time. Simply put, it is a test that measures the speed at which one's blood coagulates. The lower the number, the more quickly the blood clots. If the number goes too high (3 is usually the highest hematologists want the count to go), the blood won't clot quickly enough and a brain bleed is very possible. So the testing shows the docs where a person who is on anti-coagulants (most call them blood thinners, although the blood isn't actually thinned) sits on the INR. In my husband's case, he inherited Factor V Leiden's. It is a genetic mutation of the Factor V gene. The FV gene is one of the genes that control the clotting process in the body, basically. Someone with Leiden's has blood that clots too quickly. Many people with Leiden's go through life and don't know they have it at all. If someone who has it does not develop blood clots, there is no need to treat. But once blood clots begin to develop, treatment for life is necessary. A number of years ago, while in college, my husband broke his foot. That resulted in a blood clot in his right leg. To my knowledge, nobody tested him for FV Leiden, so once the clot dissolved, they did not continue the anti-coagulant treatment. But with his DVT (deep vein thrombosis - blood clots in the veins that are deep in the body) 2 years ago being so major, they did the testing. And they found that he has not just one, but two Leiden genes. People with one FV have a 7x increased chance of blood clots. Since he has two, his increases to 30x. Yay, him! LOL So he has to remain on blood thinners. There are many, and 2 of his brothers swear by the particular ones they use (both on different ones). But Randy's hematologist, main doctor, and another blood doc are in agreement that Warfarin (Coumadin) is the best for him. So that's what he'll remain on once he's out of the hospital. Currently they have him on Warfarin orally and Heparin in the IV. Even with both of those, his INR is moving up very slowly. But slowly is most likely better than a really big, fast jump. He told me this morning that it is now at 1.8. YAY! Only 2/10ths to go and he's good after two days! He's looking at possibly coming home Sunday if it continues moving up 1/10th a day. I wasn't able to visit him the last couple of days, but will be heading up in about 45 minutes. Can't wait to see him.
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