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  1. It's interesting how different people react when they read a post. When I read Trent's, my initial reaction was something along this line. It's great to see a father actually doing something with their kids and enjoying doing so. It seems that's becoming increasingly rare these days, as parents (both father and mother) appear to be looking for anyone/anything that will babysit for them. Tomorrow is "Father's Day", yet how many men are more than simply biological parents of their children? Then, I read Jerry's post. I believe that from the moment of conception, abortion is murder. No qualifiers, no exceptions, no excuses. Yet, I wouldn't have thought about the possibility of a "wholesome" concert for the young ones, in my extended family, would have been tied to the murder of babies. OTOH, abortion support is everywhere, today. If I were to dive into the background of the clothes I'm wearing, food I've purchased, news on TV I've watched, etc & etc. I've probably indirectly supported those who condone this murder. Even within my own church membership, there are supporters of abortion. Witnessed, first hand, a woman storm out of a Sunday school class when the teacher mentioned, in passing, that he was opposed to abortion. Afterwards, heard several people choose sides in support of the woman. Does that mean that I should quit going to church because there are some pro choice members also attending? (Pastor has preached on the sancity of life.) I'm not sure where I'm going with this post. On one hand, I have praises for a man who's actually being a father to his children. On the other hand, an issue about a particular activity has emerged (at least to me). One of my biological brothers is also a brother in Christ. I have no doubt about that. Yet, he's a member of a Methodist church. Perhaps, I should close with this. ????????
  2. With your permission, that will be on our church sign soon.
  3. Luke 22 KJB 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, How many followers of Christ are sleeping today when they should be: 40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. To me there's so much saddness within those verses. Jesus knew in ways we can't begin to comprehend what was ahead of Him. Not only the pain His physical body would have to endure. Also the pain that I can't describe when He bore my sins along with everyone else who would believe in Him. Yet, the few who were with Him went to sleep instead of following a simple request for what appears to be a relatively short period of time. I can't begin to imagine the depth of the sadness He must have felt when He woke them up. Is He looking upon us today with sadness, too?
  4. Reading the comments that follow the article reinforces what you posted. Or, perhaps, not reading them, thus staying out of the gutter. Sad................
  5. Currently my favorite fast food is the Hardee's Breakfast platter. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Especially that sausage gravy. Back to the OP. Wonder how long before bacon and shake will be banned in NY? If you like em, better get em while you kin.
  6. Guess I'm in trouble, again. I'd probably be thrown under the jail, if I get caught. Right pocket is home to a utility knife similar to this one. http://www.lowes.com/pd_226104-16878-53258_0__?productId=1268945&Ntt=utility+knife&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dutility%2Bknife&facetInfo= I use it just about everyday for something. Dispenser of blades are in my left pocket, along with a traditional pocket knife. Then, there's the miniature Swiss Army knife that stays on my keyring. And, if I'm going to be doing any work in my shop, there's usually a multi-function tool on my belt that has a knife blade, as well as a couple of other cutting tools. Guess I should re-think how I'm dressed today....... Nope!
  7. What's next? Burn those Bibles because they are a threat to national security? Of what country, as it certainly isn't ours?
  8. Wonder if I can sue for "emotional distress" because I read that? Jerry, you should have known, in advance. Anyone else want to join me in a class action lawsuit? After our attorney's drag out our suit for years, we stand a good chance of putting a nickle, and maybe even a dime in our pockets. After all, it isn't about the money. It's the principle. Jerry you should have known better to post anything that causes "emotional distress" to the members of this forum.
  9. No, they are not losing their minds. Their goal is very clear. To control every aspect of our lives from the time they allow us to be born until the time they withdraw life support. The ones who are losing their minds are the "majority" who are allowing this to happen.
  10. I read the original quote at the source. Chose not to reply in that venue. This is just my 2-cents, FWIW. IMHO, there are some situations where it may be more damaging to Christian witness to make a reply than to just standback and watch/listen. Those firmly in the grasp of satan have the ability to negate and vilify Christians. Yes, true Christians have the armour of God to shield them. However, the undecided, who are also reading/hearing, don't have that protection. Without true understanding, will they turn away from the confrontation (abuse) they know/fear they will bear if they turn to God's word? In some situations, we have a better opportunity, IMHO, for an effective witness to the undecided. In those, it's a combination of using God's word and the fruit of our lives bearing witness, too. In situations where undecided know us personally, our lives may be a greater testimony than any words we say. As, our lives may give the weight needed for our words, whether quoting scripture or simply stating our beliefs. I don't believe there's a one-size-fits-all response to a statement like the one originally quoted. First, we have to decide when to stand on the side and when to step up. (Crowd in a gay bar vs a conversation in a supermaket isle, for example.) Next, we have to decide based on the context of the individual situation and the individuals involved, how to best bear witness. IMHO, that usually means staying focused on the relevant point, issue, idea during the discussion. If the conversation becomes throwing mud at the wall to see what sticks (bringing in or allowing other, possibly non related issues) it may be time to say we'll talk about this another day. In closing, all that said, there's one other point. The role of the Holy Spirit in all of this. Seeking His guidance in when/how to respond and remembering His role in the lives of the undecided, too. Perhaps it better to let the poster in the original venue condem himself as the Holy Spirit reveals the truth to the undecided. Thoughts?
  11. Splitting hairs...... Labels applied to sexual deviates doesn't change the wrath of God. Separating the variations into labeled groups, allows mankind to decide which ones are more acceptable to society than others. It's more OK for two consenting adults than if one person (any age) doesn't consent. Does God make a distinction between rapists depending on the age of the victum? Or, how much a thief steals, when condemming a thief? Who is offended when petty thieves and "master" thieves are compared? IMHO, only the ones who are guilty of taking what doesn't belong to them. If I steal a pen from work, I probably would be offended if compared to those who rob convenience stores at gun point. Yet, the Bible doesn't put a qualification on the commandment -- Do Not Steal. In my case, (I can't speak for anyone else) bringing secular law into the discussion, leaves me wondering. How does "legal" and "illegal" have a bearing here. As far as I know it isn't illegal to eat a free meal designated for the homeless if we can afford to buy our own food. In the eyes of God what's His opinion of those who legally steal from the poor? It's legal to kill a baby before he or she emerges from the womb, but it's illegal to kill that child after it takes a breath of air. Here in the US prostitution is legal in some places and illegal in others. Will our Lord use man-made laws when we stand before Him in judgement, or His? Does man's approval (law) make prostitution or murder of babies, or homosexuality right in the eyes of God? In this increasingly "politically correct" world, it appears that it won't be long before any opposition to satan will be more than just "offensive" to sinners. Failure to move from tolerance to condone increasingly leads to "legal" consequences for "illegal" words and deeds of professing Christians.
  12. Same thought along a little different line. If I expect foreigners to adapt to our norms (what little is left), then shouldn't I do the same when I'm in another country? IMHO, it's a matter of respect when we are in another's home. Whether I'm visiting an individual's house or their country, the principle is the same. If I don't show respect for you, how can I expect it from you, at the same time?
  13. Sign that the end is drawing near? More and more are being outspoken in their movement towards one world government, not only here in the US. Every time a republic/democracy (as much as I dislike using that word with regards to the US) country yields to the UN and/or World Court for internal civil matters we are a step closer. So whether it's using another countries laws on murder as the basis for court decisions or adopting international policy on climate change, the accumulating effect is the same, IMHO. A "global economy" has been formed where countries are no longer independent, as they were, say 100 years ago. Hebrew and Christan faith is under attack from every quarter, in every possible manner. Which ranges from preaching "prosperity" gospel to outright murder of believers. Slowly, but surely one world government and one world faith is slipping into place. Can't help but wonder how much time we have left. ??
  14. A local pastor's wife, in our small town, visits the place where lottery tickets are sold, so often, it's become a topic of conversation. "Every time I go to ............. she's there buying lottery tickets." We've seen her there on numerous occassions, so we know first hand that it isn't just busybody gossip. And, I'm afraid, for them, as a couple, they may end up losing everything they have. Not only material possessions, her actions must be having a negative affect on his ministry. Much like the person who gives testimony and follows that with visits the local ABC store. (Small town -- most folks know what other folks are doing, especially when it comes to bearing good fruit.)
  15. Depends on where you live. It would be a mighty big one for someone who lives in an apartment.
  16. Is that 10 per person who votes him out of office? The kind that comes in packs will be easier to ship and distribute.
  17. In a few hours, I'll be in a Sunday school class. Today's lesson is taken from Malachi 2:1-16, titled "Do you honor your commitments?" (quarterly: Lifeway Christian Resources) One of the many problems I have with this lesson is this. Mal 2:2 KJB (not the Holman version used in the lesson) 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. According to the lesson, we aren't to criticize others for not "meeting any of the conditions that God has set." We are to find other ways to help them. As long as we don't 1 Tim 5:20 KJB 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 2 Tim 4:2 KJB 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. Titus 1:13 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; when we "make sure we are keeping our own commitments to fulfill God-given responsibilities."
  18. I remember the days before REA set poles and pulled electric power lines across our rural area. Water was pulled from the well, one bucket full at a time. Mama cooked on a wood fired cookstove. She used a washboard and boiled clothes in a washpot. Kerosene lamps provided light needed to eat supper before going to bed early, after setting the wind-up alarm clock. Sometimes, in summer, there was a 25 lb block of ice in the icebox. Mama used an old fashioned wooden dasher in a churn to make butter and REAL buttermilk. She ironed clothes with a flat iron that was heated on the wood cookstove. Grandma made lye soap and darned socks. (Wonder how many have a darning egg?) A chamber pot was kept under the bed for use at night and emptied the next day in the little house at the rear of the yard. When the temperature was right, usually mid December around here, it was "hog killing" weather. It was time to make bagged sausage and salt cure hams to go with the vegetables that were canned during the summer. Those were supplemented with fresh eggs, and once in a while a fried chicken Sunday supper. Remember the 7 years of feast and famine from the scriptures? There are oil lamps, wicks, candles, matches in the storage houses. There are several castiron stoves ready for use, if needed. Home canned venison is mighty tasty when served with rice (30+ year shelf life, if properly stored) The handwriting has been on the wall for some time now, while we've been feasting. When the famine strikes, the pully needed to pull buckets of water from the well, will cease to be a decoration when it's put back into service. Along with other, long forgotten by many, ways of living without flipping a switch or pushing a button.
  19. How small is that percentage? One out of a thousand, one out of ten thousand, one out of a million? It isn't about the "need" to keep tabs on us, as the odds are about like being struck by lightening or winning the lottery. It's about using any excuse to force the 99.8% into submission because of the .02%. In Franklin County NC, ONE complaint about prayer at graduation exercises banned prayer at any school function by everyone in the county. It isn't that the world of the lost don't have a clue, IMHO. It's that the world of the lost don't care, as satan has them firmly in his control. So what if there's a camera everywhere, as I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm not going to protest as I don't want attention brought to me because I'm doing ________ (fill in the blank). I don't care what they do as long as my check arrives every month. I don't have time to worry about stuff like that because I have to take my kids to ball practice. What's worse, IMHO, is that many professing Christians use the same excuses to avoid their civic responsibilities. Recently saw in the news that 70 some percent of Americans believe that God was involved with creation. (Don't have the exact wording handy.) Yet, look at how few bother to go to the polls and vote their convictions. John, I live in a very rural area, too. Yet, cameras are everywhere. If you have a chain gas station, chances are every move you make there is recorded. If you go to the police station, WalMart, courthouse, chances are that you'll be filmed while there. BTW, have you checked Google maps to see if your home/property has been photographed? I did, mine was. Also learned about several possible fishing ponds on neighboring farm land that I didn't know existed. (An invasion of the privacy of my neighbors!) Further, at our last property tax evaluation, a third party contractor, took pictures of everything applicable to taxes. That includes what isn't visible from the public highway. At the time I didn't know the county had hired a firm to do their evaluation work for them. My outrage at that, the opportunity to demand a search warrent, etc. came a little too late. Especially in view of learning after the fact, the third party contractor failed to live up to their contracted responsibilities. Where will those pictures end up? Who will have access to what I've chosen to keep from public view from the highway? What do I now have to put under lock and key because a thief can now learn what's sitting behind the storage shed? Ben Franklin was asked what kind of government was created at our founding. His reply ... A republic, if you can keep it. We didn't keep it! We lost it, bit by bit, till it doesn't exist anymore.
  20. Same place it's been with all the other shredding of the Constitution efforts by those in power, from the local dog catcher to the leaders in every branch of the federal government. There's more outrage expressed by the general population when their favorite ball team(s) or Dancing/Idol contestant(s) lose a competition. There's more outpouring of concern when a Jackson or a Houston (insert any "big name" entertainment figure)'s death is announced. There's more outrage when a pastor takes a stand in the pulpit against sodomy or a "white" security guard kills an innocent black young man. (We still don't know the whole story there.) This list can go on, but you get the "picture". Outrage is the same place it was when Google took embrassing pictures of people in the privacy of their own property and made them available to the world at the click of a mouse. Outrage is in the same place it was when cities installed photo traffic cops at intersections to feed the coffers of the city & the ones holding the contract for those cameras. Again, another list that can go on, but you get the "picture".
  21. I doubt it. IMHO, too many, of all ages, are addicted to that device. Again, IMHO, it's become an influence on too many lives, as powerful as a compulsion, in some, to play the lottery or other forms of gambling, for example. IMHO, it's another form of entertainment, for the most part, that overrides every other consideration. Whether it's an issue of courtesy, privacy, safety, or just plain old common sense, that ring tone is gonna override everything else.
  22. Definitely! Our words through our fingers carry even more weight that those issued from our mouth, in most cases. Unless some recording device is present, our vocal words only impact those within earshot at the time they are spoken. When our words come from our fingers, whether at a keyboard or a pen, there's a permanence about them. Sure, they may be short lived, as in an email to a friend, or take on alife of their own when posted on the internet. God used the fingers of men to record His word. Satan uses the fingers of men to try to make God's word null and void.
  23. Thanks for the link. Her story should be an inspiration to others who are facing trials and tribulations. Isn't there a story about a man who complained about having no shoes, until he met a man who had no feet?
  24. Same here. It doesn't sound demonic to me either. The last few winters have been mild around here and we have an explosion of insects, including spiders and ticks. It's been several years since we've had the kind of cold that reduces the population of those that overwinter. This spring it was in the news about how early and high the numbers were on tick bites. And, again, using ticks as the example, for most of my life there was only 1 tick borne disease to worry about around here. Now there are two, and possibly a third, if memory serves about those same news reports. On a different note, there are several animals, that again for most of my life I'd never seen around here. Now, for various reasons sighting of them are becoming common. Some of them are ..... Bald Eagles Black Bear Wild turkey Beaver Twice we've seen a bald eagle while standing in the yard. A hunter's game camera caught a pix of a black bear about a 1/2 mile from our home. Have seen a flock of turkeys in the field across the road. There's a turkey hen nesting nearby, as we frequently see her. And, there's now a beaver pond on our back 40. And, finally, the once never seen deer and groundhogs are becoming a real nusiance. Nothing demonic about those examples. Neither the insects, birds, or other animals. It's just the normal ebb and flow of God's creatures. That includes the black snake that has taken up residence out back.
  25. And, this time of year, especially, those sleeveless tops. Mischeall (sp) Obama set that trend, if memory serves. And, it's not only Fox News. Even the women on the local am/pm news are doing the same thing for the most part. Used to be that women in the "business" sector dressed for success. Meaning a conservative "business like" mode of fashion. Now-a-days, it's more like they are dressing for party time. Often they're dressed as if they should be holding a cocktail instead of a microphone.
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