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Oldtimer

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  1. Reading these posts & verses as a "devotional", this morning. What wonderful thoughts to "ponder" early on Sunday morning before going to church to worship our Lord in fellowship with others. Have a conviction that these scriptures and praise will be with me today, much like an old hymn that keeps coming to mind throughout the day.
  2. Invicta, here it's also I practice medicine. I'd like to advise you that I can't offer any advice. I ain't got no problems wid dem spell'in faults lotts uh folks has wid dese new fangled tiping contrapsions. I's mo inter rested wid what deys thinking dan what deys fingers are a doing. BTW, I've adopted the English version of Saviour.
  3. IMHO, you've nailed it to the front door. "It actually goes much beyond politics, it goes to the core of truth and the fact most don't care or prefer to accept the lie" OR have never heard the truth, as it should be spoken. As old as I am, I only realized recently that I need to remove the term "good luck" from my speech. And, I must admit that it is a struggle. Heard it used by others all my life and thought nothing of it or about it. Same thing with the word coincidence. "Oh it was just a coincidence that abc and xyz happened at the same time." One other example of never hearing the truth as it should be spoken that comes from my own experiences. All my life I've had an interest in natural sciences and history. Especially ancient history. So, to make a long story short, I fell, hook, line and sinker for the theories of evolution. It was what I was taught, from grade school forward to today by the History Channel, National Geographics and other media outlets with "documentaries". Yes, I've read about creation in the Bible many times. Thought I'd reconciled the "truth" I'd been taught about evolution, geology, paleontology, archeology and such with the Bible and God's use of time vs ours. That is, until my pastor challenged my "theory" about a year ago. It was as much the conviction in his voice as it was his few brief sentences that led me to seek the TRUTH. Over the years of being indoctrinated, either I'd never heard the opposition to evolution or the opposition was cast in such as way that it wasn't realistic. To cast aside evolution was to believe the earth is flat. Once I accepted his challenge, discovered for the first time, valid (IMHO) scientific opposition to all I'd been taught. Point by point rebuttals that supported Genesis. From how the Grand Canyon was actually formed to why there are seashell fossils on top of mountains. And, too much more to list here. It wasn't easy to undo 50+ years of thinking I knew the truth. During this process of doing a 180 degree turn, it was similar to trying to reverse the direction of the Titanic in a small harbor. Like a small tugboat, I had to keep pushing. Looking back, the Holy Spirit was the captain of that tugboat, as I couldn't have done it by myself. Not after all those years of being "educated" that God flipped a switch and sat back to watch evolution unfold on earth. IMHO, the judge is much like my pastor. One of the few voices who try to challenge "truths" people think they know. From what I understand civics is no longer taught in schools. Today, few understand the difference between a republic and a democracy. "States Rights", the Bill of Rights, and more are just dusty old concepts that have no bearing on today's MODERN society. This post is getting too long, so I'd better close with:
  4. IMHO, you've nailed it to the front door. "It actually goes much beyond politics, it goes to the core of truth and the fact most don't care or prefer to accept the lie" OR have never heard the truth, as it should be spoken. As old as I am, I only realized recently that I need to remove the term "good luck" from my speech. And, I must admit that it is a struggle. Heard it used by others all my life and thought nothing of it or about it. Same thing with the word coincidence. "Oh it was just a coincidence that abc and xyz happened at the same time." One other example of never hearing the truth as it should be spoken that comes from my own experiences. All my life I've had an interest in natural sciences and history. Especially ancient history. So, to make a long story short, I fell, hook, line and sinker for the theories of evolution. It was what I was taught, from grade school forward to today by the History Channel, National Geographics and other media outlets with "documentaries". Yes, I've read about creation in the Bible many times. Thought I'd reconciled the "truth" I'd been taught about evolution, geology, paleontology, archeology and such with the Bible and God's use of time vs ours. That is, until my pastor challenged my "theory" about a year ago. It was as much the conviction in his voice as it was his few brief sentences that led me to seek the TRUTH. Over the years of being indoctrinated, either I'd never heard the opposition to evolution or the opposition was cast in such as way that it wasn't realistic. To cast aside evolution was to believe the earth is flat. Once I accepted his challenge, discovered for the first time, valid (IMHO) scientific opposition to all I'd been taught. Point by point rebuttals that supported Genesis. From how the Grand Canyon was actually formed to why there are seashell fossils on top of mountains. And, too much more to list here. It wasn't easy to undo 50+ years of thinking I knew the truth. During this process of doing a 180 degree turn, it was similar to trying to reverse the direction of the Titanic in a small harbor. Like a small tugboat, I had to keep pushing. Looking back, the Holy Spirit was the captain of that tugboat, as I couldn't have done it by myself. Not after all those years of being "educated" that God flipped a switch and sat back to watch evolution unfold on earth. IMHO, the judge is much like my pastor. One of the few voices who try to challenge "truths" people think they know. From what I understand civics is no longer taught in schools. Today, few understand the difference between a republic and a democracy. "States Rights", the Bill of Rights, and more are just dusty old concepts that have no bearing on today's MODERN society. This post is getting too long, so I'd better close with:
  5. Doesn't matter to me if he was or wasn't. Likely he was attending at the same time, as it should be easy to prove if he's lying. I hadn't seen the article before, but fully agree with it. I'm old enough to have seen how this country has changed over the last 40-50 years. Suffered the consequences of the dismantling of the economic engine when jobs for the average Joe went overseas. Born of depression era parents, have watched the switch from self-sufficiency and independence to reliance on the government to supply every need for those who'll kiss the hand of the ones who feed them. Graduating from HS and college in the mid sixties positioned me in the right place to watch what's happened to our education system. Joining the workforce, at that time, as also allowed me to watch, with alarm, for many years, the path this country has taken. Now adays, I can't help from wondering if we are indeed in the final days. God, in His wisdom, has had enough!?!. So, what we're seeing is possibly the the fulfillment of what has been fortold. The US has to fall, at least to some measure, in order for the one world government and one world religion to fully arise. Root, Beck, and others are simply telling us who the players are and how it's coming about. When Obama gets into office for 4 more years, he won't need to worry about being re-elected. He'll be busy, instead, along with his puppet masters, pulling in all those loose strings that have been laid all around us. If he doesn't get 4 more years, it'll only slow down the process, a bit, maybe. But, only if that's God's intent, not the crowd in Washington. As I've often said, I fear most for the young generations behind me. Regardless of whether Jesus comes one morning soon, or not, it won't be many years, if that, before I join Him. My great nieces and nephews may have front row seats, while I'm watching from afar.
  6. John, it's because we're slowly, but surely, being taught to be politically correct, at satan's direction. We shouldn't upset anyone by stating loudly and clearly that abortion is murder. We should be tolerant of other's beliefs. Tolerate is a code word for condone. If we don't condone, we are cast as hate mongers, racists, and a host of other negative labels that the "world" is applying to us. And the most frightening label to many is some form of committing "hate crimes". Even by verbally rejecting the actions of others. Thus, the freedom to speak out is being erroded on all fronts. TV preachers are telling us that we should love everybody. Love is a code word for "condone" their behavior. Local church pastors often don't want to offend anyone dropping money into the collection plate by not "condoning" their lifestyles. Christian symbols of faith are offensive to some others, so we shouldn't display them. Season's Greetings is the preferred way of acknowledging the birth of Christ. We're politically correct if we spend Sunday, April 8th, hunting eggs and eating chocolate rabbits. IMHO, far too few want to don the armour of God, as it's easier to stroll around in a T and shorts while being politically correct and fitting into today's society. Sadly, one day they are going to wake up and wonder what happened. How did we end up with a one world religion and one world government, just by being politically correct?
  7. He's not dumb based on the display of his "stuff" at WalMart. Was looking for a box of greeting cards when I ran across a whole section devoted to his expensive, vanilla, "inspirational" products. After a couple of minutes looking at his self promotion, moved on to look elsewhere.
  8. Our church provides a meeting place for a troop of Girl Scouts, the organization that provides leadership training for young girls. GS Pledge and GS Law: http://gstroop680.org/pledge.htm These girls have a great deal of learning/changing to do in order to live up to the law they pledge to uphold. Spare the rod and spoil the child is highly evident during and after these meetings. From what I see in society today, you couldn't pay me enough to teach school these days. When I grew up spanking was common. Parents, grandparents, aunts, teachers, etc. had full authority to swat a bottom when a child was out of line. Even a perfect stranger could speak up and correct a child without fear of being arrested. BTW, our parents had a rule -- if you get spanked at school, you'll get another one when you get home. They meant it and we knew it. Thus, our parents never had to carry out that act of punishment. And that was without behavior modification medications!!!!
  9. Thanks, Jerry. I'm kinda old fashioned in some ways. Usually have a half dozen pens lying around to make notes on paper. Found that I don't like to borrow books from other folks. I have to hide the pens to keep from underlining, drawing stars and writing "the Bible doesn't say that!" in the margins.
  10. Jerry, thanks for the link. Especially since it led to "the rest of the story" that I spent some time reading this morning. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/BTP/Dr_Max_Younce/Invitation/toc.htm Planning to revisit when I have more time and will probably print out the pdf. It isn't a coincidence that I read this, this morning. Briefly.... Yesterday, I had a conversation with a man seeking answers and expressing doubts. Our conversation was interrupted, and I'm sure it will be resumed later. During this pause, how to respond to him is embedded in what I read this morning. Thank you.
  11. Not only for the main worship service. To see people open their Bibles during Sunday school and Wednesday Bible studies, too. We have one lady who likes to "play" with her electronic device during those times. I don't know what it is except it's an earlier version, according to her. From observing her, it appears to be distracting to her, as well as those around her. That's why I used the term "play" with it. She can't be concentrating on the message, with all the "clicking" she's doing. As to carrying a Bible, I frequently do, these days. Especially when I know I'm going to be sitting for awhile, as in a doctor's office. It's interesting to observe folks out of the corner of my eye. If they think I'm not looking, people will often give the Bible a second glance, even if they don't mention it. It's in effect a silent witness to others. Back to electronics, for a moment. I think they are fine for private study. At home, for example, when reviewing our SS lesson, it's convenient to quickly look up referenced verses. And to look up definitions of words I don't understand. And, sometimes, to do research when I disagree with the author's premise on a particular subject. However, there's one downside to a computer screen. I can't write notes on it. I tend to scribble notes as I study.
  12. Thanks, all, for posting the links in this thread. I've just added them to my bookmarks and will re-visit as time permits. There's much to be studied there. Just wish there were more hours in the day.
  13. Born of depression era parents, grew up on a small share-cropper farm, without modern conveniences. When I married at age 21, my parents still didn't have running water or an indoor toilet. Remember well when electricity came to our farm. Prior to that Mama cooked on a wood cookstove and we ate supper by oil lamp light. That was back in the early 50's. Remember that specifically because to hear the news, we'd go outside and listen to the radio in Dad's 1950 model car. Since I've been old enough to be "aware", I've watched the change in society with the implementation of "social programs". IMHO, the "Great Society" did its part to ruin society. Plus, looking back into history, the New Deal and "a chicken in every pot" has brought us to ruin. Yes, ruin. We (society) just aren't admitting it, yet. The stats posted earlier are just some of the indicators of what our "entitled" and "me" society has brought us to this point. Often, when reading the Bible, I see parallels between what's happening today and what brought down God's wrath on the Hebrews. Often, too, wonder if we're in the end times. Naturally, there's no way of knowing if this is indeed the end times or we're simply going to experience a fall similar to those in the past suffered by others who turned from our Creator. The other day I was thinking about how few people around me can truely count their blessings. If they've never lived without air conditioning or a flushing toilet, those aren't blessings to them. If they've never had to split firewood for a kitchen stove, a microwave isn't a blessing. One more... If they've never had to grow, dig, and peel their own potatoes, it isn't a blessing to pick up French fries at a drive through window. Today, instead of being thankful for the conveniences of this age, so many demand them as a right. Society must ensure that no one has to go without _________ that didn't exist 50-100 years ago. In closing, when society provides, the recepients must conform to what society dictates, not what God expects from each one. Anyone want a bite from an apple?
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