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  1. Yes, that is my weapon. But they were far more patient and persistent than I. Also I had to leave off protecting my garden to go to work while it seems their work was in my garden. God bless, Larry
  2. From Matthew Henry's commentary: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 Co 13:8-13 Charity Commended. ( A.D. 57.) 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Here the apostle goes on to commend charity, and show how much it is preferable to the gifts on which the Corinthians were so apt to pride themselves, to the utter neglect, and almost extinction, of charity. This he makes out, I. From its longer continuance and duration: Charity never faileth. It is a permanent and perpetual grace, lasting as eternity; whereas the extraordinary gifts on which the Corinthians valued themselves were of short continuance. They were only to edify the church on earth, and that but for a time, not during its whole continuance in this world; but in heaven would be all superseded, which yet is the very seat and element of love. Prophecy must fail, that is, either the prediction of things to come (which is its most common sense) or the interpretation of scripture by immediate inspiration. Tongues will cease, that is, the miraculous power of speaking languages without learning them. There will be but one language in heaven. There is no confusion of tongues in the region of perfect tranquility. And knowledge will vanish away. Not that, in the perfect state above, holy and happy souls shall be unknowing, ignorant: it is a very poor happiness that can consist with utter ignorance. The apostle is plainly speaking of miraculous gifts, and therefore of knowledge to be had out of the common way (see ch. 14:6), a knowledge of mysteries supernaturally communicated. Such knowledge was to vanish away. Some indeed understand it of common knowledge acquired by instruction, taught and learnt. This way of knowing is to vanish away, though the knowledge itself, once acquired, will not be lost. But it is plain that the apostle is here setting the grace of charity in opposition to supernatural gifts. And it is more valuable, because more durable; it shall last, when they shall be no more; it shall enter into heaven, where they will have no place, because they will be of no use, though, in a sense, even our common knowledge may be said to cease in heaven, by reason of the improvement that will then be made in it. The light of a candle is perfectly obscured by the sun shining in its strength. II. He hints that these gifts are adapted only to a state of imperfection: We know in part, and we prophesy in part, v. 9. Our best knowledge and our greatest abilities are at present like our condition, narrow and temporary. Even the knowledge they had by inspiration was but in part. How little a portion of God, and the unseen world, was heard even by apostles and inspired men! How much short do others come of them! But these gifts were fitted to the present imperfect state of the church, valuable in themselves, but not to be compared with charity, because they were to vanish with the imperfections of the church, nay, and long before, whereas charity was to last for ever. III. He takes occasion hence to show how much better it will be with the church hereafter than it can be here. A state of perfection is in view (v. 10): When that which is perfect shall come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When the end is once attained, the means will of course be abolished. There will be no need of tongues, and prophecy, and inspired knowledge, in a future life, because then the church will be in a state of perfection, complete both in knowledge and holiness. God will be known then clearly, and in a manner by intuition, and as perfectly as the capacity of glorified minds will allow; not by such transient glimpses, and little portions, as here. The difference between these two states is here pointed at in two particulars: 1. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood: When I was a child, I spoke as a child (that is, as some think, spoke with tongues), I understood as a child; ephronoun —sapiebam (that is, "I prophesied, I was taught the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, in such an extraordinary way as manifested I was not out of my childish state"), I thought, or reasoned, elogizomen, as a child; but, when I became a man, I put away childish things. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused and indistinct notions of things, have children, in comparison of grown men! And how naturally do men, when reason is ripened and matured, despise and relinquish their infant thoughts, put them away, reject them, esteem as nothing! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts and acquisitions in this world, when we come to heaven. We shall despise our childish folly, in priding ourselves in such things when we are grown up to men in Christ. 2. Things are all dark and confused now, in comparison of what they will be hereafter: Now we see through a glass darkly ( en ainigmati, in a riddle), then face to face; now we know in part, but then we shall know as we are known. Now we can only discern things at a great distance, as through a telescope, and that involved in clouds and obscurity; but hereafter the things to be known will be near and obvious, open to our eyes; and our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. God is to be seen face to face; and we are to know him as we are known by him; not indeed as perfectly, but in some sense in the same manner. We are known to him by mere inspection; he turns his eye towards us, and sees and searches us throughout. We shall then fix our eye on him, and see him as he is, 1 John 3:2. We shall know how we are known, enter into all the mysteries of divine love and grace. O glorious change! To pass from darkness to light, from clouds to the clear sunshine of our Saviour's face, and in God's own light to see light! Ps 36:9. Note, It is the light of heaven only that will remove all clouds and darkness from the face of God. It is at best but twilight while we are in this world; there it will be perfect and eternal day. IV. To sum up the excellences of charity, he prefers it not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope (v. 13): And now abide faith, hope, and charity; but the greatest of these is charity. True grace is much more excellent than any spiritual gifts whatever. And faith, hope, and love, are the three principal graces, of which charity is the chief, being the end to which the other two are but means. This is the divine nature, the soul's felicity, or its complacential rest in God, and holy delight in all his saints. And it is everlasting work, when faith and hope shall be no more. Faith fixes on the divine revelation, and assents to that: hope fastens on future felicity, and waits for that: and in heaven faith well be swallowed up in vision, and hope in fruition. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But love fastens on the divine perfections themselves, and the divine image on the creatures, and our mutual relation both to God and them. These will all shine forth in the most glorious splendours in another world, and there will love be made perfect; there we shall perfectly love God, because he will appear amiable for ever, and our hearts will kindle at the sight, and glow with perpetual devotion. And there shall we perfectly love one another, when all the saints meet there, when none but saints are there, and saints made perfect. O blessed state! How much surpassing the best below! O amiable and excellent grace of charity! How much does it exceed the most valuable gift, when it outshines every grace, and is the everlasting consummation of them! When faith and hope are at an end, true charity will burn for ever with the brightest flame. Note, Those border most upon the heavenly state and perfection whose hearts are fullest of this divine principle, and burn with the most fervent charity. It is the surest offspring of God, and bears his fairest impression. For God is love, 1 John 4:8,16. And where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height—there, and there only, will it be perfected. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.) There are so many theological arguments that will never be settled until the Lord takes us home. Why must the Church bite and snipe at each other while the people of the world are slipping into the abyss. Let us just do the job we were assigned when Jesus ascended: Matt 28:19-20 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. KJV After all what have we to gain in these endless discussions that is more important than giving out the "good news" of the gospel of Christ. Let us be charitable to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ and get about our Lord's business. God bless, Larry
  3. Cain has it made now. He should be the neo-conservative's dream candidate. http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/10/26/raising_cain_inside_herman_cain_s_new_foreign_policy_team#.TqhFKzcyt2s.facebook God bless, Larry
  4. 1 Cor 13 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. KJV God bless, Larry
  5. They will probably discover as I did in my garden. Old Mr. Crow is smarter, more persistent, and more patient than I am. God bless, Larry
  6. “You must know that the world has grown old, and does not remain in its former vigour. It bears witness to its own decline. The rainfall and the sun’s warmth are both diminishing; the metals are nearly exhausted; the husbandman is failing in the fields, the sailor on the seas, the soldier in the camp, honesty in the market, justice in the courts, concord in friendships, skill in the arts, discipline in morals. This is the sentence passed upon the world, that everything which has a beginning should perish, that things which have reached maturity should grow old, the strong weak, the great small, and after weakness and shrinkage should come dissolution.“~~~~Cyprian 250 A.D. watching Rome diminish. God bless, Larry
  7. I don't think I could ever vote for a Libertarian candidate because of some of their unchristian views. That said that does not mean that the monetary views of some of them do not deserve a listening to. This video and the others on the site have to do with our nations financial problems and is worthy of consideration for that reason. God bless, Larry
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EakYvugnajw God bless, Larry
  9. Thank you for that article. God bless, Larry
  10. No one should be surprised. This will probably be the outcome throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia. TPB (The Powers That Be") think they can control the outcome of all their meddling and machinations, but there is one more powerful than they are. His will will be done. God bless, Larry
  11. If you have done any reading of the 16th thru 18th century Christian writers you are familiar with this idea. I am not sure it will not finally prove true one day. Vox takes a look at the news from the Vatican, in his usual fashion. http://voxday.blogspot.com/ God bless, Larry
  12. Speaking of religion in the early colonies, here is an interesting site. http://undergod.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=69 God bless Larry
  13. Actually the answer to both 1 and 2 is yes. Number 1 a sitting president is required to follow the constitution. Number 2 a sitting president is required to uphold the constitution whether he agrees with it or not. Your theoretical politician as you portray his answer is giving a typical politician's answer. It is vague and says nothing except what he believes the particular audience wishes to hear. His answer "I am a Christian and on the subject of abortion". How does his answer convince me he is a Christian? Am I just to take his word for it with no proof? His answer "I am pro life. I believe life begins at conception". Is the fact that he believes life begins at conception proof that he is pro-life? I have no doubt in my mind that Satan believes life begins at conception and I don't think anybody would ever accuse him of being pro-life. His answer " I support and commend those who would endeavor to save that child's life". Of course he would say that. That part of his answer is merely the expected tag line to his other answers. The politician has not really answered your question. God bless, Larry
  14. I think this article by Karl Denninger applies to all the presidential candidates, and indeed to all of this world's politicians. The powerful steal all the cream and the rest get skim milk. A line from some old T.V. show is, "If you do the crime, you do the time". Well not in the world of big business and finance or government! Someone tell this guy that this is twice please... oh wait, that's my job, so I will: When government tries to pick winners and losers, the inevitable consequence is corruption. Yes, corruption. If not in a legal sense, certainly in a moral sense. Uh, corruption is the legal sense. When it's not illegal we call it "lobbying." "Right now, subpoenas are flying, hearings are being held, and accusations are flooding the airwaves over the Solyndra deal. That may be appropriate. Something obviously smells rotten when $500 million in loan guarantees go to a single business with clear political connections. That would be scandalous under any circumstances, but when a bankrupt government underwrites a bankrupt business with dollars it doesn't really have, it is really scandalous." No kidding. But this one deal is not the issue. If someone broke the law, they should be punished. If people in government bent the rules, they should be fired. But Congress shouldn't be spending its time and our money trying to prove that, when the government is passing out goodies to the tune of $500 million, corruption happens. Anyone with a brain knows that to be the case, and we don't need a bunch of hearings and subpoenas to document the obvious. Dead wrong. We need a bunch of hearings and subpoenas to refer corruption to prosecutors, and when the Executive is implicated we need to appoint special prosecutors since the Attorney General works for the Executive. Gary ran this back on my Blogtalk show some time ago. This was before he was a candidate, but I spent the entire hour trying to get him to say "Stop the looting and start prosecuting" in about every way I could without stuffing the words in his mouth or asking him if he agreed with it. You can listen to the show in the archives if you'd like. He failed the test then and he's just failed it again. I've been asked why I didn't support him on the forum already. This is why: He refuses to call for the people who did unlawful things to go straight to the federal penitentiary where they belong. I've been trying to figure out what the "Occupy" protesters are protesting, so this week, while in New York, I took the time to visit the protesters and just talk to them. What I found is pretty straightforward: They are angry about a system that is being gamed for the benefit of a connected few. I also concluded that it is a mistake to dismiss these protests, as the Establishment is trying to do, as a bunch of malcontents. The fact is, Americans are angry, and Wall Street may be as good a target as any. Why shouldn't we be protesting the fact that our tax dollars were used to bail out AIG and General Motors and a bunch of banks, while the rest of us -- who aren't too big to fail -- are left to sink or swim in an economy the politicians have strangled with deficit spending, over-regulation and punitive taxation? They should be angry. But make no mistake: Much of what happened is black-letter felonious. Specifically, it is a crime to: Sell securities as "good" when you know they're "junk"and other similar adjectives. That's securities fraud. It's both a civil offense (someone got screwed) and a crime. Robosign documents where you swear you have personal knowledge when you do not. That is perjury, and in most states it is a felony. This is not a "mistake" when it happens by the tens or even hundreds of thousands of occurrences. And it does not matter whether the homeowner was paying his mortgage or not: Corruption of the legal process is in nearly all cases a crime. Submit knowingly-false financial statements. This was made a criminal, not just civil, offense under Sarbanes-Oxley. There have been multiple occasions where publicly-traded financial institutions and other firms have filed utter junk and nobody has been indicted for it. A financial institution that files a 10-Q or 10-K and then a month later goes under and their "asset values" are shown to be worth 30% less than they claimed a month ago is one such example. To believe that this formerly-filed report was accurate you have to believe that these values reported deteriorated by that amount within a single month. Good luck. Launder money. No, really? Then explain why Wachovia got a deferred prosecution agreement instead of the firm and every officer aware of what was going on didn't get a date with Bubba? You or I would if we ran money for drug cartels. I can come up with literally dozens more, but these will do. None have been indicted and prosecuted. No handcuffs -- at all -- and Gary still wants to give them all a pass. NO. The OWS folks are right to refuse to put forward a set of "demands", this is not about "partisanship" or "trying to manipulate." It is and should be about candidates, especially candidates for President, standing up and saying in a loud voice: STOP THE LOOTING AND START PROSECUTING. The people want (legal) necktie parties and they're entitled to them. The Rule of Law is not about certain people being able to get away with crimes while others cannot. More importantly the only deterrent that works is locking these high-class people up for a very, very long time; how many high-flying bank executives would be selling junk loans as good paper if their buddy down the hall got 20 years in a cell for doing the same thing? There is something really wrong when the President of the United States describes a $500 million loan guarantee that went horribly wrong as a bad bet. The issue isn't that it was a bad bet. The issue is that it is absurd that a bankrupt government is placing any bets. Period. It wasn't a bad bet. It was a scam. At minimum the restructuring of existing debt so that the private investors had priority is an outrage and given the fact that it appears that the government knew the firm was in financial trouble at the time it granted the loan it looks like nothing more or less than a flat-out looting operation for the benefit of those private investors who were about to lose their money! If that's what happened then it's not a "bad bet", it's a crime and we the people have a right to know if that is indeed what happened. If it is, then the guilty parties -- all of them -- must stand trial before a jury of their peers and if convicted be sentenced to prison for stealing $500 million. As for Governor Johnson he has disqualified himself for public office -- any public office -- unless he immediately, publicly and continually from this day forward calls for investigation, indictment, prosecution and imprisonment for ALL persons who committed crimes related to not only Solyndra but also each and every bankster involved in THEIR scams. NOTHING LESS WILL DO. God bless, Larry
  15. He undoubtedly got his just desserts, but I would like to have seen him live to talk. I think there is a lot about our government and American corporations that we would have learned. Is it just a bunch of out of control rebels behind his death or did the orders come from higher up. There are to may opportune deaths in these troubled times. God bless, Larry
  16. When I attempt to decipher what he said, I think he is pro-life except in certain cases. I think in his own fashion, he said it is none of the governments business and he wouldn't want to impose his beliefs on others. It sounds to me like that is a pro-choice position. God bless, Larry
  17. I wish I could. I hate to offend.
  18. I took this from http://azizonomics.com/ while doing my reading of worldly topics. It’s long been clear to some of us in the financial kingdom that a small clique of powerful companies control vast swathes of the global economy. Now that mythos has been given some scientific credibility. From New Scientist: The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership among the world’s transnational corporation. The work, to be published in PloS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships (see image). Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms – the “real” economy – representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues. When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group. As the world learned in 2008, such networks are unstable. Or, as I put it this week: One thing is clear: A huge mountain of interlocking, interconnected debt is a house of cards, and a monetary or financial system based upon such a thing is prone to collapse by default-cascade: one weak link in the chain breaks down the entire system. A cartoon from 1912 (one year before the Federal Reserve System was set up). God bless, Larry
  19. Someone other than Cain, Romney, and Perry does have some ideas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=htF0LaaU4FY God bless, Larry
  20. An interesting read. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=356741PAGE.view&pageId=356741 God bless, Larry
  21. Don't forget it is 9-9-9. Not just a 9% income tax, but a 9% sales tax and a 9% VAT tax. What is a VAT tax? Well here is what it is. A value added tax or value-added tax (VAT) is a form of consumption tax. From the perspective of the buyer, it is a tax on the purchase price. From that of the seller, it is a tax only on the "value added" to a product, material or service, from an accounting point of view, by this stage of its manufacture or distribution. The manufacturer remits to the government the difference between these two amounts, and retains the rest for themselves to offset the taxes they had previously paid on the inputs. The "value added" to a product by a business is the sale price charged to its customer, minus the cost of materials and other taxable inputs. A VAT is like a sales tax in that ultimately only the end consumer is taxed. It differs from the sales tax in that, with the latter, the tax is collected and remitted to the government only once, at the point of purchase by the end consumer. With the VAT, collections, remittances to the government, and credits for taxes already paid occur each time a business in the supply chain purchases products. It is another 9% sales tax to the end consumer (you and me). So we have two 9% sales taxes, and 9+9 equals 18% sales taxes. Plus there is no guarantee that any or all of these rates will not be raised in the future. Judging by past and present behavior of our so-called leaders and representatives in Washington I can't believe the rates will not be raised in the future. God bless, Larry
  22. What is Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan? http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2011/10/13/9-9-9_does_the_math_work God bless Larry
  23. Here is the view of a true capitalist, a wall street follower and investment adviser on what has been happening in our nation and where we might be headed. God bless, Larry http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=195841
  24. Don't forget the the biggest brain washer of them all, the satanic government schools. God bless, Larry
  25. How sad. It is even worse than I thought. At the rate the moral compass in this country is spinning, "woe is me". May God help us! God bless, Larry http://news.yahoo.co...-130605007.html
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