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  1. I looked into audiobook narration a few years ago. I was thinking about starting with the free audiobook sites which are done by volunteers (a good one is https://librivox.org/), which means it isn't paid. However, I figured it would help me gain experience and know whether or not it was something I could do long term, and build up a portfolio to help get paid work. Unfortunately I found out fairly quickly that I don't have the voice/talent for it. I realized there was so much more to audiobook recording than simply reading a book aloud. Having the voice for it also includes being able to read with cadence, slightly changing your voice for characters (don't really need to be distinctive, but to need to know how to distinguish between narration and character speech), and so much more. If someone is a natural storyteller, it should be very easy for them to read for audiobooks. Now podcasting is another can of worms. I enjoy listening to podcasts. Some are very scripted and some are off the cuff. Both styles are enjoyable in their own ways. I guess if you have a topic you're passionate about and believe others would be interested in it, than that is something that might be a good option. I've not looked into what it takes to run a podcast and what makes them successful, but it would be a good subject to look into as an option to make some money.
  2. I'm unsure if King James was evil, and I'm not really willing to dig through all things historical to find out as I dislike politics in general and have no desire to read about it. However, just from casual glances through history books, it's clear that he was a mediocre king at best, and was who I would consider a bad person, but "bad" and "evil" are two different things. King James didn't write the KJV Bible, he simply authorized it, gave permission for it to be translated. He did write a few other books, including "Daemonologie" in 1597. You can order it on Amazon or a Barnes and Noble if you want to read it. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daemonologie-king-james-vi-i/1129474843 Overview of the book: In 1590 three hundred Scottish 'witches' were tried for plotting the murder of their King, James VI of Scotland (soon to be James I of England). James is known to have suffered from a morbid fear of violent death, and the trial heightened his anxiety over this apparently treasonous 'un-Christian' sect, and stimulated him to study the whole subject of witchcraft. 'Daemonologie' is the result of this royal research, detailing his opinions on the topic in the form of a Socratic dialogue between the sceptic Philomathes and witch-averse Epistemon, who reveals many aspects of witch-craft. The book consists of three sections, on magic, on sorcery and witchcraft, and on spirits and ghosts, and ends with a lurid account of the North Berwick witch trials, based on the evidence of Dr John Fian, the alleged head of the coven, whose 'confession' was obtained with the aid of thumbscrews, the Boot, and by the ripping out of his fingernails.
  3. There's nothing wrong with enjoying sports or cheering on a favorite team or whatever hobby someone has. It only becomes a problem when that sport or hobby is elevated above family or God, which I've seen a few times, although fortunately not very often. Usually it's just annoying to be around someone when their preferred sportsball team is doing well/poorly in whatever tourney is currently going on, but annoying is better than downright rabid, haha!
  4. Matthew 24:35 - "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
  5. As a single woman, I could say the same of Christian men, where are they? But I already know the answer. They are out there serving God. The same is true of Christian women, we are out there serving God. If you can't find us, it's because you're not looking in the right places. Remember what God told Elijah when he despaired that he was the only one left serving God? God said there were 7,000 others out there serving Him faithfully. (II Kings 19:14-18) The world may seem to us as if there are no good Christians left in the area in which we live, but God knows the truth. He knows the number of people around the world and in your town who are faithfully serving Him. Just like in Elisha's day, we aren't the only ones. Also, the attitude that "head of the home" = "control" is offensive and unbiblical. Of course I don't want someone controlling me, that would be oppression, not freedom in Christ or a loving marriage. The two terms are not equal.
  6. Scientifically speaking, all rainbows are circular, it's just that they don't always form completely because the ground interferes, or the conditions are not right to allow the entire formation. Here are a couple of videos that show a complete rainbow, one has the scientific explanation.
  7. Taiwan is not arming their citizens. Taiwan does not ban guns, they just have very strict gun control. Shooting ranges have already been popular here for a long time, but yes, because of the Ukraine situation more and more people are signing up at these shooting ranges so they can be better prepared just in case China stops strutting around like a peacock and actually does attack. These shooting ranges use airsoft guns, not "real" guns. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4557817
  8. A pastor can give advice, or counsel, but I believe there is a limit in what he can or should do within the confines of a pastorate. I'm not a pastor, but I do work in ministry with ladies and children. Several years ago I was teaching a ladies Bible study when a lady privately asked for counsel. I quickly learned that what she needed was a doctor, and I was not and am not qualified to counsel someone with that level of needs. Unfortunately the situation ended sadly. This taught me to always be very careful with the advice I give and to understand when I am at my limit and the person needs professional help, not spiritual help. I would hope every pastor knows their limits and to know when to advise the person seek a medical professional.
  9. If this was the pastor from Ozark, Missouri, he shot and killed the man he thought was having an affair with his wife. If it was a different pastor, then there were two this recently, it's quite the coincidence.
  10. Memorial day is a US holiday, other countries have different days to remember their military veterans. Whether or not any church celebrates this holiday or merely makes mention of it to thank their veterans, or doesn't mention anything at all has no bearing on whether or not they are liberal. The Baptist church I attend does not celebrate or mention this holiday since we are not in America.
  11. For some, clapping is the same as saying "amen". Clapping is not always about praising a performance or a person, but basically being in agreement with what was sung or said. When done in moderation, I don't see a problem with it. I have to admit, there have been some sermons I was going to watch online and the amount of amen's, clapping, shouting, hooping, and hollering from the audience during the sermon was just too much and I turned it off. When that happens, it does feel like a performance and not a sermon. I'm also not a fan of pew jumpers/aisle runners/pulpit mounting, but that's a different topic.
  12. I don't know which Baptist preachers you've been listening to, but all those topics are extremely common to hear sermons on. I've taught Bible study lessons on all those topics at one time or another.
  13. Taught a Sunday school series on it last year.
  14. "Why is it that people think we just believe just what we are taught? Because for a lot of people, it's true, and they know it. "You just believe that because your dad/church/college told you that", is usually their "gotcha" line that works well with throwing people off track and mostly results in both sides hurling insults once one side can't defend their position biblically but refuses to budge because it's all they know. Of course it wouldn't work with someone who knows the Bible really well. This happens a lot when a pastor has a pet opinion that he preaches as gospel truth with such authority that the congregation just accepts it as biblical, when it may or may not be a biblical doctrine at all, just because they don't know how to study the Bible and so simply accept their pastors interpretation of the meaning of the pet topic. I know many people who were like this. In Bible College, many students had their faith shaken because of this reason. Their home pastor preached an opinion as doctrine and the student was challenged by students or professors and we had a study session in the classroom. Sadly, in many churches (and probably some Bible colleges!), people aren't taught how to study the Bible or to think critically, and it can do serious spiritual damage down the line.
  15. I've been a visitor in quite a few churches so I have seen a variety of visitor packets. Here's what has been included: Information about the church (from extremely detailed with the entire history to just the basic service hours/days), a pen with church name on it, coupons to local businesses, bookmark with a poem or Bible verse, small notepad, and encouraging note from the pastor.
  16. There's also situations like this, where this man in Florida applied to 60 entry level jobs and got only one interview. https://www.wptv.com/news/national/florida-man-goes-viral-after-applying-to-60-entry-level-jobs-getting-1-interview As he said in the article: “It’s not that nobody wants to work. It’s that nobody wants to work for slave wages anymore," ___ If people are getting paid more on unemployment than they would at a job, why would they want to work? If people are out there applying for jobs left and right with no interviews, then what are their options?
  17. I bought a test kit because I wanted to be involved in 5k run, and I needed a negative test to participate and didn't want to go to a clinic. The test kit I have was made in the Republic of Korea. I haven't used it yet because the run was postponed. But I have it if I need it.
  18. Oh, you cannot tell us about your new puppy and not post a picture, that's so not fair! Congratulations on your new puppy, I'm sure he will have you busy with his antics! haha! This is my dog, Tasha, she's a Rough Collie and is 12 years old. She met chickens for the first time a few days ago.
  19. I'm sorry, but I've had some very tasty well-done steaks before. If a chef is unable to cook a well-done steak properly then that is on them and their lack of training or willingness to learn. If a chef thinks well-done = shoe leather, then they weren't trained correctly. This whole chef's excuse thing is why I order chicken at steak restaurants.
  20. I've seen his name pop up on social media, and from the few things I've seen, he has no biblical qualifications to be pastor. I believe he is doing this book burning just for attention and controversy it generates, based on his past actions it's hard to believe he's doing it out of genuine care and concern for the spiritual well-being of his congregation. He plans on burning anything witchcraft related: Ouija boards, Harry Potter books, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, etc.
  21. This lady whose face I covered is an Indonesian Muslim, she is here in Taiwan as a caregiver. A while back the church gifted her an Indonesian Bible so she can follow along and understand the passages being preached in the service. She was very happy to have received the Bible in her own language. The lady helping her find the passage being discussed is a member of the church who is also Indonesian and has been instrumental in the church. The pastor has been encouraging the church members to memorize Bible verses, and being able to memorize scripture in your own language is a blessing. It is amazing that this tiny church in Taiwan has had people from all over the world walk through the doors at some point in time. Even within our small congregation, at least four languages/dialects are spoken, yet we can all worship God together. Please pray for this lady to know Christ as her savior!
  22. Brr. Chilly. We're having a mild winter this year, hopefully it stays that way, can't stand the cold.
  23. I've never heard of this group so I did a quick google search. It seems to be another health and wealth scam. Is your husband a Christian?
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