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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Doc Flay in "jehovah's Witnesses" Aren't Jehovah's Witnesses. We Are!   
    Yes, turning them away from my home is the right approach, as noted in the scriptures posted.

    Attempt to witness to them, yes.

    From experience (they are active in our area and come by our house every few months) most are well trained to counter anything that is contrary to their beliefs. Ready to argue with scripture and are happy to flout (for lack of a better word) their understanding with someone who can't counter verse by verse.

    Argue with them, no. Debate the scriptures, no. While the words will vary, I tell them simply that I'm saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Usually, at that point, they want to tell me where and how I'm wrong in my belief. That's the point, I politely ask them to leave and no I don't want their literature.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Doc Flay in "jehovah's Witnesses" Aren't Jehovah's Witnesses. We Are!   
    I had the same reaction to the name of this cult when I learned about them and Watchtower. Have been turning them away from our door for years, but hadn't really looked into what they represent, until maybe a year ago. Read a post in another forum where a woman said she couldn't go to heaven because the 144,000 had already been allocated. Both sadness for her and anger at Watchtower grew, as I took some time to study their beliefs. This woman had been well trained to counter any opposition, using scripture, to what she was attempting to teach in that forum through her "witness".

    Here's a good link that I discovered during my study, others may find to be useful.
    HOW TO DISCUSS THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST WITH JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
    http://4witness.org/jehovahs_witness/jw_discuss_jesus_god.php
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in What If The Government Rejects The Constitution?   
    In good times and bad the best thing we can do is live for Christ. If we strive to grow in Christlikeness, being salt and light, making disciples, spreading the Gospel, then we are doing what's best for us, our families, our community, our countries, because we are doinig what our Lord commands.

    We are to live for the Lord, trusting and obeying Him in all things. If we do this we can rest in the comfort and peace that God can be trusted with the results of our living our lives for Him.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from HappyChristian in German pensioner eats 64-year-old tub of lard   
    Personal opinion coming up!

    One of the biggest frauds being carried out today is the dating of foods, such as "Sell-By", "Use By", "Best By" on packaged foodstuff, especially canned and dried foods. People are tossing tons of food every year because of those dates. Food that is SAFE to eat. Food pantries reject food that has "expired" according to those dates, so people go hungry. People with low incomes waste their few dollars because they trust those dates and toss food that can still be safely eaten and enjoyed.

    Unless recently changed, the only dating that has regulations behind it are the dates on baby foods. For the rest, those dates are decided by processors/distributors, using their own motives for those dates. Who decided that a bag of rice should "expire" in 18 months -- lab results or the sales & marketing department? BTW, rice, if properly stored, has a 30+ year shelf life. As does a number of other staples in the pantry. http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,7798-1-4224-1,00.html

    Canned foods are safe to eat as long as the seal isn't broken. The lard in the OP is an example. As a general rule, the nutritional quality of food will decline over time. Flavors of some foods will change, colors may darken, texture can change, all depending on the particular properties of the food itself. Fruits have a shorter shelf life, primarily because the acid in them will attack any metal in the container and break the seal. That applies to both commercially and homecanned fruits. However, that can or jar of applesauce is still fine to eat, as long as that seal isn't broken. So what, if it's lost 10% of the nutritional value and has turned a little dark. Toss the 90% remaining food value because of some date a manufacturer decided to use? Toss it because they want you to buy the next season's production run of applesauce?

    Think about it the next time you decide to toss properly stored dry pasta or dry beans beause of a date. Yes, dried beans will have some nutritional loss and will take longer to cook, as they age. That's a given. However, to foster the thought, in the average person, those beans are no longer safe to eat is a fraud. No, the manufacturer's don't directly say they aren't safe, but the implication is there across the whole food industry. Sometimes I want to yell when I see expiration dates on foods with unlimited shelf life, again, if properly stored. Pure honey is an example.

    Wish I had the time and space to dive into this subject in depth. How to store, how to identify hazards, glass vs plastic effect on storage, and so much more.

    Time to get off my soapbox.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from jchahl in Are You A Connoisseur?   
    Recognizing old quality castiron cookware.

    As long as I can touch it (don't have to see it), the weight relative to size and the "texture" of the iron is enough to identify the craftsmanship that went into the piece. While a bit harder, even pieces coated with years of cooking "crud" give clues to what lies underneath. Listening to a piece will reveal hidden cracks.

    This comes from actually cleaning and restoring old pieces, some my own and others from friends.

    Old gate-marked pieces (the mark resulting from pouring molten iron into a mold) that don't carry a foundry's trademark have an interior so smooth it rivals modern non-stick. These pieces, often from the 1850's or so, have withstood the test of time. Modern non-stick tends to become useless through usage, while the old CI continues to improve with age.

    The KJB is like an early Griswold skillet, much sought after by collectors. It has withstood the test of time and is well seasoned through use. The craftsmanship, when this skillet was poured at the foundry, is not being duplicated today by any producer anywhere, today.
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    Oldtimer reacted to heartstrings in Are You A Connoisseur?   
    Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalm 33:3

    Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. Proverbs 22:29

    He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 18:9

    And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Colossians 3:23


    While we have to live in this world we all have worldly needs for worldly goods and services. It is just as much testimony to do an honest days work, and do your very best as it is to "witness" to people. Because people are watching, and they notice if you are a careless, lazy slacker who takes shortcuts or shortchanges them on quality, service and time. They also notice when you do right. It's part of "letting your light shine". I believe that it doesn't matter if you are a musician, plumber, electrician, garbage man, or preacher; you should strive diligently to be the VERY BEST you can possibly be at what you do. It honors God..
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from JerryNumbers in Kansas Officials Call Storm Chasers 'outrageously Stupid'   
    Even national news reporters were out playing "Storm Chaser". Trying to be the first ones there to get "breaking news" of the destruction and misery these storms can bring.

    Similar to hurricane season here in NC. As soon as the warning flags go up, every TV station in our area sends teamS to the coast. Multiple reporters and camera crews stationed all along the coast, from each TV station. Add to those, are national media. Then, when/if the storm hits, the fools are standing in the wind, rain, and flying debris to tell us there's a storm. Yes, fools, when the newscasters tell us to watch their TV stations for the latest info. (Listening to them on a battery powered radio because electric lines are down.)

    Sorry, I just get aggravated, primarily at the media.... news coverage, especially, considering the impact this stuff has on many of the clueless John Q Public who want to imitate what they see.
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in What If The Government Rejects The Constitution?   
    The Constitution long ago was cast aside by both Parties in order to promote their own agendas. They only appear to support the Constitution because they raise that issue when opposing the agenda of the other.

    Nearly 90% of the federal government is unconstitutional. It takes both Parties for that to happen and continue.

    Apparently most voters don't really care, Christian or otherwise, because they continue to vote for those who support this year after year.
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    Oldtimer reacted to Salyan in "Ban The Person Above You" Game   
    Ban Oldtimer for not bring specific! :frog:
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in Help With Cleaning Out Christian Books   
    Touching on what LuAnne said, an author doesn't necessarily have to be of "our stripe" in order to write a worthwhile book. There are good books out there written by Christian authors who are not IFB. As will all things, it's a matter of being careful in what we choose to read, and sometimes of trial and error.

    I read a lot so over the course of the years I've come to recognize some that I want to avoid completely, some I'm comfortable reading their works as soon as I see something from them, and I'm also better able to judge a book by it's cover, so to speak, from reading the blurb found on most back covers. That's not to say I never pick up a not-so-good book once in awhile, but it's less often now than years ago.

    What I'm getting at is we have to use discernment, biblical discernment with the help of the Holy Ghost. The more rooted and grounded we are in the Word, the more we draw close to the Lord, the better able we are to discern whether a paritcular book or author is worthwhile or not.
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in Friday Church News Notes   
    Regarding Mark Driscoll, I've noticed a growing number of preachers on the radio will quote him. Each time they make a clarifying statement before they quote Driscoll; typically something to the effect of them knowing Driscoll is controversial, that they don't agree with the way he speaks, the words he uses, but that he's not as bad with his language as he once was, etc.

    The question should be, if a preacher feels the need to distance himself from Driscoll on several points before quoting from him, shouldn't they recognize Driscoll isn't someone they should be quoting from? Shouldn't they be able to see that they can get an equally good quote from someone who actually is, or was (if they are deceased) following Christ in how they lived? If they can't find a quote from some preacher to fit their sermon why not simply do without the quote, quote something relevant from Scripture or make their own statement?

    One thing Driscoll does that I'm finding really irksome and tiring in that it's done so much today, is how he calls virtually anything he disagrees with that other Christians practice as "legalism" or "fundamentalism". Today "fundamentalism" is used as if it's a dirty word and "legalism" is cracked like a whip in an attempt to shame and silence those who disagree.

    Typically, those things denounced as "legalism" or some form of bad "fundamentalism" are soundly biblically things that these people don't want to accept.

    The whole idea of being a "sound Christian" yet acting and living like the world is totally unbiblical.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from HappyChristian in Cast iron cookware set or other...   
    One of my hobbies is collecting and restoring castiron cookware and related items. Haven't counted them, but I'm guessing I have around a hundred pieces, including 3 CI laundry stoves. Some observations, FWIW.

    Yes, using plain CI cookware is a way to add some iron to your diet. However, a well seasoned skillet can only yield a very small amount, as the seasoning is a barrier between the metal and the food. The better the quality of the seasoning, the less contact there is between foodstuff and the bare metal, itself. Poorly seasoned CI and/or heavy use of acid foods (tomato based for example) an increase the potential for iron in the food. Enameled cookware that doesn't have scratches or chips is the equivalent of cooking in glass, as enamel is considered to be non-reactive.

    If buying new plain CI cookware, Lodge is by far the best. The best enameled cookware is Le Creuset manufactured in France. (Expensive!) Lodge enamel ware is produced in China. (sigh) In the past foundries were commonplace here in the US and were producing high quality cookware. Over time the foundries closed and the craftsmanship of the remaining ones declined. To my knowledge, Lodge is the last foundry in the US producing cookware on a commercial scale. Sadly, their quality has declined, too. Sometime in the 1960's, they changed their casting/finishing procedures, due to the high cost of replacement finishing equipment when it failed. They couldn't replace it and still stay competitive with the flood of imports, especially the cheap "stuff" from China.

    If buying new, do support Lodge to help keep them from closing their doors, too. The quality of their cookware is still much higher than the WalMart pieces marked Made In China. If you were to visit my shop, I could easily show you the difference.

    That said, I can also show you the difference between pre and post 1960's Lodge. As a general rule, the older the piece of CI, the better the quality of pieces that haven't been abused by time. With a little hands-on study, you can tell the difference while being blindfolded. Some brands of old cookware are highly collectable and command high dollars on the collectors market. Griswold and Wagner are the most sought after brands, today. There are several others, including old Lodge. But, even the no-name old pieces are easy to recognize in terms of quality and craftsmanship. When comparing two pieces of the same size, old US cast will be lighter in weight and will have a smooth finish -- that non-stick finish, if well seasoned -- that just isn't available in modern production, regardless of the location of the foundry. Using that same comparison new Lodge has a much higher quality compared to the slipshod castings of the China imports.

    Next: Sets of cookware. Don't buy them, regardless of the materials used for construction, whether stainless, enamelware, or castiron. I learned that the hardway years ago. "Sets" generally have pieces that go unused, thus are wasted money that could be better spent elsewhere. Buy individual pieces of cookware based on your actual needs and cooking style. Sure a matched set is "pretty" in the kitchen. But what good is "pretty" if the item(s) stays on the back shelf because it isn't used?

    If you're in the market for castiron and have a limited budget, shop for it at yard sales, flea markets and such. AFTER spending some time teaching your hands how to recognize quality. One way to do this is to visit high end antique stores and handle those old high dollar Griswold pieces. Pick them up and feel the weight compared to the sizes. Run your fingers around the interior and notice the smooth and polished surface. Remember that as you visit WalMart or any other place and do the same thing with "Made in China". The interior will feel like a gravel road in comparison.

    It does take time to find these old pieces at good prices. Ebay can give you an idea of what the going rate for "collectibles". That'll help you determine when you've found a bargain at a yardsale or in Aunt Bettie's basement. A FWIW... found a #10 Griswold for $4 at a yard sale. Looked it up on Ebay and the going rate for that particular skillet was $150. At the same sale found a #8 Griswold dutchoven for $50. Better half thought I was nuts for paying that much for a DO. That is until I whispered that the trivet in it was selling for $50, by itself. These are rare finds, BTW. OTOH, I've paid from $2 to $5 for QUALITY no-name CI pieces for use in the kitchen. Having Griswold stamped on the bottom, doesn't make that piece cook any better than the same quality ware produced by a foundry that didn't label their craftsmanship.

    This post is getting long and I've rambled on long enough. Haven't even touched on bringing that old CI back to a useful life. Or, how much I enjoy cooking in CI when compared to the "modern" stuff, even the high end, high dollar All-Clad, Calphalon and other brands. Forget the celebrity endorced sets being promoted by most mass merchandisers - Emeril, WolfGang Puck, Rachel Ray, Paula Deen, etc. IMHO, they are like "designer jeans", in that you're paying a premium to have their label in your kitchen.

    Get busy searching out those old quality pieces of CI. Don't know how to get started? For everything you ever wanted to know about CI cookware, visit this site: http://www.griswoldandwagner.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl There's a wealth of information there, even if you don't become a member with extended access.

    Hope someone finds these thoughts to be useful this morning.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from jchahl in Young Chef   
    I can testify to that. It's been amazing what's happened in my life since I finally "listened" and stopped being a lukewarm Christian who wasn't even sitting on the back pew of a church for many years.

    No, I haven't won the lottery or inherited a fortune from a long lost relative. God blesses each of us with what we need in our lives when it's our turn to "do" for Him. Better half and I were becoming hermits after we retired. About the only time we saw other people were the dreaded trips to the grocery store or when a neighbor would stop by for a few minutes. The latter didn't happen often, either. All of that changed, when one of those neighbor's invited us to church.

    Twice, in fact, he offered the invitation. Today, I thank God, we listened to the person who turned out to be His messenger, two years ago. Through His messenger, He brought us into a Baptist church (neither of us were Baptists) to hear His word, again. Today, our lives are richly blessed in too many ways to number as we answered the call to serve Him. Being here, this morning, to testify about the impact He's had on our lives, is just one of those blessings.

    Thank God for the blessings He bestowed on the young man in the OP. Thank God for blessings of renewal and growth in our walk of faith. Thank God for the same thing He's doing for others who will "listen" and "do" for Him, when it's "their turn".



    :sSig_praiseGod:
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in Young Chef   
    Amazing how God works in our lives, especially when we are willing to "do" when it's our turn.
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    Oldtimer reacted to irishman in The City of Dire Straits   
    “Dire Straits” is my hometown; I have lived here for many years. It isn’t much, with all of its crime and vice, but it is the place I call “home”. I am not very excited about living here, but with my “roots” planted deeply in the soil, and family and friends all around, I feel I can hardly leave this place. People seem to love it here, there are many that live in Dire Straits. We are not really the greatest city in size, but we lead the country in crime and vice, which I say to my own shame. I hope to be free from here “someday” but when that will be, I do not know; it would take a miracle to get me out of here, it seems. The people are not the friendliest you could find in the world, but then, they do live in Dire Straits! Someday we will escape the hold this city has on us, and be free from its grasp, and from the adverse influence it effects upon us and others. Meanwhile, please don’t come to Dire Straits, it is not a resort town, and strangers are not trusted, let alone not well received. The streets are rampant with crime; “druggies” and prostitutes rule the highways, and the sodomites are in a majority here.

    Life in Dire Straits is miserable, but then life anywhere can be miserable, so I might as well be miserable here! My family is in Dire Straits too, of course, and we all seem to be trapped in our own hometown. Is there any hope for us? It would take a miracle for us to break free from the influence and I am wondering if it is even possible at all.
    I have not seen many miracles, and don’t expect any in the near future, so I have given myself to life in this town for now, and silently cling to the hope that there is something better for us ahead. Making a living in Dire Straits is not easy; there is constant bickering; jostling for position in the work-a-day world; and even immorality and envy and much strife. It almost sounds like a church! But as they say, “Life goes on.” Each day is a drudgery, and a burden; I live for tomorrow; I see no light in the near future, and all hope is at a premium. Is this all there is to life? One wonders.

    Please don’t plan your vacation in Dire Straits; there are better places to go. This is not a resort town, full of charm and gaiety, but a “prison” or rather a “city of prisons”, and the chances of getting away unscathed are minimal indeed. It seems that all my neighbors have the same problems, and are also miserable here; their misery is well seen and felt among their peers. We are all “in the same boat” as the saying goes, and of course, that is because we all live in Dire Straits, and there is no way that we know of to escape it, at least not without outside help. You see, there is a great wall around the city, high and vast, so that none can escape; there are guards on all the gates, “demons” of death and mayhem, waiting for the execution and the torture of an escapee, or an alleged escapee. It is a prison, indeed. The one main entrance that is called “Hope” has been shut and sealed long ago, and all chances of escape there have been destroyed; it has been torn down and cemented shut so that it resembles a part of the original wall, and one must study it to even know that there was once a door of Hope. Who can help me? I have heard of a Great One who has the power to deliver us from all sorts of “prisons” and malady’s, but as to where to find Him, I know not.

    The people try to suppress the rumors of this Great One, and His name is not spoken in public anymore, but I have heard much…rumors of long ago. They say He is a mighty King, a “King of kings” and that He turns none away who seek refuge in Him. I must find this Great One, but where do I begin? His name cannot be spoken in public for fear of retribution, but many of us have heard of His greatness.

    There is, in Dire Straits, an old, dilapidated and broken-down building that burdens the lot where it sits. It has long since lost its charm and has given way to decay and has been enveloped with weeds and thistles, and is an eyesore to all who pass. No one graces its doors anymore, but it sits in solitude, and sadly and slowly dies. It was at one time the home of the Great king, and many came to honor Him, but now men have ignored it, and it has fallen into the clutches of Dire Straits, and has taken the mood of the rest of the city; it is there, but it is not there. The physical building is there, though in need of much repair and cleansing, but the building itself is empty. One can look upon it, and see the entire city in its backward charm; it is a reflection of what Dire Straits is all about. It stands as a monument to yesterday, and what used to be, but no more does it shine its light into the dismal city of despair. This building was a center of activity at one time, with singing and gaiety filling the air, but now it has been abandoned for many years, and stands in a state of ruin. The city had another name at that time, it was called the “City of Hope” then but has long since been changed. My grandparents used to tell me stories of the Great King and that He dwelt in that old building, which was then a new, vibrant light to our dismal town. They told the stories with a gleam in their eyes, as if they longed again for the “old days” but knew that they would not see them again in their lifetime. They died a few years ago, and with them the tales of hope and of the Great King who can deliver us; they never did see the King again as far as I know. I find myself curious of the old place, and spend much time there dreaming of better days.

    There are two fellows that seem to follow me wherever I go. Every turn I make, I see them there, lingering, and ogling at me with sneering eyes. Their names are “Grief” and “Despair”. They follow me, stopping where I stop, and going when I go; the only recourse I have is when I flee to the old building called “The House of The Living God”, therefore, I find myself spending more and more time in the “church” (another name that my grandparents used to call it). There is debris all over the place when I enter, the place is a shambles, and yet, I find peace from my pursuers. Long benches have been overturned, and windows have been broken out, and the walls are full of holes, but it is here I find my greatest refuge. They will not enter the threshold of this place, as if they fear its mysterious charm. Through a hole in the roof, the sun shines; and as I follow its rays, I see it illuminates a well preserved cross that has been placed up on the stage. Such an awesome sight it is, that I can only stand and gape, stunned by the peaceful bliss of the moment. I do not understand the feelings inside me, but there is something very peculiar about that cross, and very comforting. I do not know how long I stood gazing up, but it seems as only minutes. I find myself muttering words that I don’t really understand, and it seems as if some great force is compelling me to call upon the Great King and seek His grace. I humbly fall prostrate before the cross, and spill out my heart in tears. Finally, I turn to leave, and see that my pursuers have fled, and I am free of their gaze and their stalking; I have never felt so good!

    Everything seemed to take on a new look, as if the world had been painted with bright and happy colors. My eyes seemed to see differently, and those things I held dear before seemed to be of no avail to me now. I don’t know exactly what had happened, but I liked it. As the months went by, I fled to my place of refuge often, and began to clean it up. It was in such a state of disrepair that I alone could not restore it to its original state, but by then I had recruited a few friends, and they too began to seek refuge from the city of Dire Straits. It wasn’t long before we had quite a group and someone had found an old Holy Book in the cellar of the church, and we began to meet together to read from it collectively. The things we read there were amazing! It was such a comfort, and it spoke of the greatness of the Great King that gramps used to tell us about--a greatness that far exceeded the stories we used to hear. The place had shaped up quite well and we were meeting every couple of days for fellowship and comfort and for the hearing of the words in the Holy Book, and to talk of those things that we had learned.

    Because I was the burdened one that began to work on the church and gather the people, they put me in charge of the Holy Book. I read it every day, and met with the God of the Book that was introduced to me there; I had discovered that he was the Great King of lore, and that he was the Creator of all things, and the Judge of the whole earth. We began to meet early every morning, and, as time would have it, He had given me favor in the eyes of the people. The church had grown to an immense size, and we had to expand a few times to hold all the people. Being the keeper of the Book, I also had the great honor of speaking to the people of the wondrous things contained therein, and the church continued to grow. Soon, I was made the keeper of the gate also, and sat in the high place of the government of the city. Certain changes had been effected, but now the Great King, who I now know as my Lord and Savior, had inspired me to repair the door of Hope, and eventually to change the name of the city. When I brought it to the people for a vote, they were of the same mind, and the work was begun. The walls were later torn down and a gate was put up with the inscription over it “Whosoever will may come”, and come they did, until we could hardly contain all the people. The City of Hope had been restored, and the new name now was adopted into the minds and hearts of the people, and even the surrounding cities began to effect change. Revival swept the country, and the old ways were woken. The old timers were seen crying and dancing in the streets, and even this man was of a glad heart and rejoicing greatly at what the Great King had done. He had removed us from Dire Straits and given us a new hope, the city of Hope in the Lord our God. Never despair; there is always a City of Hope; there is always hope, found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the great name of the Lord.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Robert Reynolds in Happy Resurrection Day!!!   
    In a little while, I'll be leaving home to help with the final preparations for a day of celebration of Christ's victory over death that we remember on Resurrection Sunday. Robert, as your day winds down, our sunrise is still a promise, as I type. I hope your day was filled with all the joy of God's greatest gift that the promise of our day has yet to bring.

    Further, if we are granted another day, tomorrow, I pray that the celebration of Him, will continue to live and grow stronger in our hearts. Each and everyday, until the Lord calls us home.

    Thank you Robert, for a few moments of reflection, as it's been a while between this sentence and the one that precedes it.

    Praise God for Resurrection Day! In Jesus most holy and precious name I pray. Amen
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    Oldtimer reacted to Robert Reynolds in Happy Resurrection Day!!!   
    On behalf of my family and Hillside Baptist Mission, here in Laoag City, Philippines, we would like to say "Happy Resurrection Day to you all, Lord bless you!!!"
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    Oldtimer reacted to Bro K in Who Cares ???   
    Took one of my old Bible off the shelf and found this outline. May it be of help.

    If one dies and goes to hell...who cares
    Lk 16:23 "And in hell he lifted up his eyes...."

    God Cares- John 3:16
    Jesus Cares- Mt 18:11
    Apostle Paul Cared- Rom 1:16
    People in Heaven Care- Lk 15.7
    People in Hell Care- Lk 16:27-28

    DO WE CARE??
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Crushmaster in Leaving.   
    This bears repeating with emphasis!
    :sSig_praiseGod:
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Crushmaster in Leaving.   
    This is a difficult post for me to write, as I have a deep concern for you, and I'm not sure how to express it using a keyboard because we can't just sit and talk. In the end, you'll have to make your own decision based on how the Holy Spirit leads you.

    Please be careful and be sure that satan isn't using some posts here (and whatever the other situations are) influence your thinking. As we're all subject to our own human emotions, it is easy for him to trigger a negative response when none is needed. Or, for him to trigger a negative reaction far greater than how we should react. I know. I'm speaking from far too much experience with that. (sigh) Even today, I use the phrase "satan get behind me" quite often when I react to things I should ignore, especially when I'm tired.

    For example, there's a lady at church who gets on my last nerve. She means well but she has a way about her that's hard to take sometimes. I don't have the option of avoiding her as we work together on several ministries. Yes, I could make the choice to stay away from those ministries. If I take that choice, then I'm actually taking a bite from satan's apple because he's defeated my desire to serve the Lord with those ministry opportunities. If I do that, I'm allowing another person to have more influence over my life than the guidance (influence) of the Holy Spirit. Satan get behind me. I will NOT allow you to defeat me over something so immaterial in my life, as the grating remarks this worman can sometimes make.

    If we let him, satan can use and does use Bible issues to come between us and our Lord. If we let him, he will drive in a wedge deeper and deeper into our faith in God ... between members in the body of Christ. If you and I fight over the differences between the KJV and the NIV doesn't that serve his purpose? If our fight can keep you from visiting a Baptist church, doesn't that serve his purpose? IMHO, Satan will do everything he can to keep you from hearing God's word and from fellowship with other believers in Jesus Christ.

    I don't know if your MIL's church is the right one for you to attend. Only the Holy Spirit can help you determine that for yourself. Just don't let satan use any opportunity to make that determination for you. Don't let satan set a stumbling block in your path that keeps you from at least visiting a church and learning, for yourself, AND allowing the Holy Spirit to guide in your decision.

    I pray that these words come across the way that I intend. I wish we could sit around a kitchen table and share a cup of coffee or tea and simply talk. Then, end our conversation with each praying for the other and thanking the Lord for the opportunity to share our faith.

    I pray for God's blessing on you without any reservations. May the Lord draw you even closer to Him in your walk of faith.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from HappyChristian in Need some advice and prayer   
    Robert, I see that you are 42 years old. There may be another piece to this puzzle that hasn't been considered yet in the responses. If your wife is in or nearing the "change of life", that may be affecting her both physically and emotionally. Some women go through this rather easily. However, that's not the case with all. Not saying that's the case with your wife. Just mentioning that it can be a tramatic emotional upheavel for some ladies.

    Yes, I agree that you should talk with her, carefully. Choose a quiet time, when you know you won't be interrupted. Choose a time when neither of you are rushed, harried, angry, or extremely tired. Gently lead into the conversation by expressing concern for her above everything else. I'm sure God won't mind, if you put her first for a little while. He knows where your heart lies. And, then simply listen to her. That may be all that she needs. For you to really listen without any reservations.

    If the conversation starts to go sour, back off for a while. It may be difficult for her to express herself, her concerns, her problems. If that's the case, pressuring her will probably have the opposite effect from what you'd like to happen. Just chose another quiet time and try again. In the meantime, let her know in little ways that you truly love her and are concerned. An unexpected hug. An unexpected thank-you and/or something similar. Often, it isn't the BIG things, but the small gestures of understanding, appreciation, and compasion that can make the difference.

    Pray with her and for her. Pray with her that both of you seek the Lord's guidance in your lives. Keep her included so she knows everything isn't all about you and God's direction for you individually.

    I pray that the Lord will help you, as a couple, come through this time of trouble, whatever the source of it may be.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Leaving.   
    This is a difficult post for me to write, as I have a deep concern for you, and I'm not sure how to express it using a keyboard because we can't just sit and talk. In the end, you'll have to make your own decision based on how the Holy Spirit leads you.

    Please be careful and be sure that satan isn't using some posts here (and whatever the other situations are) influence your thinking. As we're all subject to our own human emotions, it is easy for him to trigger a negative response when none is needed. Or, for him to trigger a negative reaction far greater than how we should react. I know. I'm speaking from far too much experience with that. (sigh) Even today, I use the phrase "satan get behind me" quite often when I react to things I should ignore, especially when I'm tired.

    For example, there's a lady at church who gets on my last nerve. She means well but she has a way about her that's hard to take sometimes. I don't have the option of avoiding her as we work together on several ministries. Yes, I could make the choice to stay away from those ministries. If I take that choice, then I'm actually taking a bite from satan's apple because he's defeated my desire to serve the Lord with those ministry opportunities. If I do that, I'm allowing another person to have more influence over my life than the guidance (influence) of the Holy Spirit. Satan get behind me. I will NOT allow you to defeat me over something so immaterial in my life, as the grating remarks this worman can sometimes make.

    If we let him, satan can use and does use Bible issues to come between us and our Lord. If we let him, he will drive in a wedge deeper and deeper into our faith in God ... between members in the body of Christ. If you and I fight over the differences between the KJV and the NIV doesn't that serve his purpose? If our fight can keep you from visiting a Baptist church, doesn't that serve his purpose? IMHO, Satan will do everything he can to keep you from hearing God's word and from fellowship with other believers in Jesus Christ.

    I don't know if your MIL's church is the right one for you to attend. Only the Holy Spirit can help you determine that for yourself. Just don't let satan use any opportunity to make that determination for you. Don't let satan set a stumbling block in your path that keeps you from at least visiting a church and learning, for yourself, AND allowing the Holy Spirit to guide in your decision.

    I pray that these words come across the way that I intend. I wish we could sit around a kitchen table and share a cup of coffee or tea and simply talk. Then, end our conversation with each praying for the other and thanking the Lord for the opportunity to share our faith.

    I pray for God's blessing on you without any reservations. May the Lord draw you even closer to Him in your walk of faith.
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    Oldtimer reacted to John81 in Leaving.   
    As long as we are open and willing to follow God's leading, that's what matters. As I mentioned, we are not currently in an IFB church. We wouldn't leave the church we are in now unless the Lord directed us to.

    It's not so much as what name is on the church, it's whether that church preaches the Gospel and teaches the congregation to live according to the Word; and that it's the church God leads us to attend.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from PastorMatt in Leaving.   
    This is a difficult post for me to write, as I have a deep concern for you, and I'm not sure how to express it using a keyboard because we can't just sit and talk. In the end, you'll have to make your own decision based on how the Holy Spirit leads you.

    Please be careful and be sure that satan isn't using some posts here (and whatever the other situations are) influence your thinking. As we're all subject to our own human emotions, it is easy for him to trigger a negative response when none is needed. Or, for him to trigger a negative reaction far greater than how we should react. I know. I'm speaking from far too much experience with that. (sigh) Even today, I use the phrase "satan get behind me" quite often when I react to things I should ignore, especially when I'm tired.

    For example, there's a lady at church who gets on my last nerve. She means well but she has a way about her that's hard to take sometimes. I don't have the option of avoiding her as we work together on several ministries. Yes, I could make the choice to stay away from those ministries. If I take that choice, then I'm actually taking a bite from satan's apple because he's defeated my desire to serve the Lord with those ministry opportunities. If I do that, I'm allowing another person to have more influence over my life than the guidance (influence) of the Holy Spirit. Satan get behind me. I will NOT allow you to defeat me over something so immaterial in my life, as the grating remarks this worman can sometimes make.

    If we let him, satan can use and does use Bible issues to come between us and our Lord. If we let him, he will drive in a wedge deeper and deeper into our faith in God ... between members in the body of Christ. If you and I fight over the differences between the KJV and the NIV doesn't that serve his purpose? If our fight can keep you from visiting a Baptist church, doesn't that serve his purpose? IMHO, Satan will do everything he can to keep you from hearing God's word and from fellowship with other believers in Jesus Christ.

    I don't know if your MIL's church is the right one for you to attend. Only the Holy Spirit can help you determine that for yourself. Just don't let satan use any opportunity to make that determination for you. Don't let satan set a stumbling block in your path that keeps you from at least visiting a church and learning, for yourself, AND allowing the Holy Spirit to guide in your decision.

    I pray that these words come across the way that I intend. I wish we could sit around a kitchen table and share a cup of coffee or tea and simply talk. Then, end our conversation with each praying for the other and thanking the Lord for the opportunity to share our faith.

    I pray for God's blessing on you without any reservations. May the Lord draw you even closer to Him in your walk of faith.
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    Oldtimer got a reaction from Salyan in Apocrypha   
    We subscribe to a small hometown newspaper to keep up the the local happenings. What the county commissioners are up to now. Write ups of local events, deaths, high school sports, and other items considered to be "news" in our community. With each issue of the paper there's a pile of inserts that go straight to the recycling bin. Rarely do I ever read the advertisements for all the "stuff" being promoted for someones commercial interests in those inserts. The inserts are NOT "news" as we traditionally define the term.

    The Apocrypha was an INSERT into the 1611 KJV between the Old & New Testements. To be read or ignored, just as today's advertising inserts in our local paper. The translators made it clear what the purpose was for including the Apocrypha in the 1611 printing. Just as we know today the purpose for including inserts in a newspaper. Editors of the KJV later dropped it because it wasn't scripture and only led to confusion as time moved forward. Later generations didn't have the Catholic church background of those who first read the 1611 edition.

    Time hasn't moved on far enough for newspaper advertising inserts to be dropped. There's a commercial interest (agenda) to keep them in place in the "news". Just as there's an interest (agenda) to keep the Apocrypha being preceived as scripture. With the newspaper inserts somebody wants to sell me something. If the Apocrypha were to be inserted into the KJV again, somebody wants to "sell" me something.

    I'm not buying.

    All the "news" (scriptures) that I want to read is within the pages of the Old and New Testements of the KJB.

    If I want to be led into temptation it's easy to find the Apocrypha on line. Just as it's easy to thumb through all those newspaper ad inserts that try to tempt me to part with my money. I don't need to know about somebody's latest, greatest, improved, whatever-they-are selling ads to trust the brands I put in my shopping cart.

    Same thing applies when I pick up the KJB that I trust to give me the word of God.
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