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  1. As of today he is hasn't passed away. Thank you so much for all your love and prayers. Linda
  2. Over the last few months before Jim had his surgery - in my grief now - I had forgotten. In Jim's prayers, that I heard, he often dwelled on his home in heaven and distinguished it from his home in heaven and his home on earth. To most people that may not mean anything, but for me, it told a lot. He had never really done that before a few months ago. Now that he is not waking up, the doctors have their reasons why. His brain is severely damaged by the stroke. If he did wake up it is likely that he wouldn’t be able to see, speak, feed himself, or breathe on his own. He has also developed an infection (Pneumonia) in his lungs. But I think there is an added reason - he doesn't want to wake up. He really has nothing to look forward to, he hated what the neuropathy was doing to him and it was getting worse, to the point that at some point he wouldn't have been able to do anything but sit in his chair and wait to die, which he felt he was already doing. I really think he was ready to go months ago, long before he knew about his heart problem. Even though he did have great hope that he would recover from his surgery and feel better and have more energy. I also feel he was torn between the desire to die and leaving me a widow. But there is also that he felt trapped in his body. So I have decided that I will let him die peacefully. I think he has a few more days before he has to have the stomach feeding portal installed. I have told them not to. It will also be at that time I will have them remove his ventilator so he can pass peacefully. There really is no hope he will recover, but even if there was - recover to what? To continue his neuropathy deterioration? I really think he doesn't want that, and is one reason he hasn't woke up. I am sorry, so very sorry. Not just for me, but for him, his family, and his close friends. I don't know the exact date they will do this, but it will happen soon. I will go and see him one last time tomorrow and say my goodbyes. I cannot bear to watch him die. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. But he would not want to live like this, and I am abiding by his wishes. Please know, my heart goes out to you. Linda, his wife
  3. Just a note to let folks know that I will not be online for an unknown period of time. I am scheduled for triple bypass heart surgery on July 14rh. They have not told me how long I will be hospitalized, so, I'll let folks know when I am back online. Be good an play nice while I am gone :roll:
  4. HC, that reminded me that when I lived in Alaska I often did Moose stroganoff. Like beef, it is very tasty, although lacking in fat, like most wild game. I usually cut it in strips before cooking, it seemed to tenderize it some.
  5. Brother Tony, I m aware of your position in this matter, and of course you are entitled to it. But, I respectfully disagree with your assertion in many posts that "all SBC churches are Independent, autonomous," I disagree for these reasons; if your church is listed as an SBC church, you are part of that organization, after all, it is an organization, something organized to exert some form of control over their membership churches. If your church uses SBC materials, supports their mission boards, or any of their programs or in any other way, toes the SBC line, you are not truly Independent. You may have limited Independence in that, your church membership votes and decides what other churches it will fellowship with. But if your church deviates from SBC guidelines, or if you break with their traditions you are no longer in good standing; that is control. If the SBC has any authority to disfellowship or kick your church out of the SBC, your church is not truly Independent. This subject has been hashed over many times among Baptists and no agreement will result from this post at this time. But looking to scripture for justification of organizations in regard to churches will fail. Scripture is clear in its teaching that each church is to be Independent.
  6. They don't go far enough if you ask me. Any church carrying the Baptist name should have nothing to do with ANY convention, association, or fellowship. True, traditional and historical Baptist churches are to be totally autonomous, they have no business joining these extra-biblical organizations, or supporting anything these organizations put out there for their followers to use. And make no mistake, churches that are a part of the SBC, or any other organization are followers of that organization. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
  7. This proves nothing @TheGloryLand. In 25 years everything has increased in price. Vehicles that cost $30K 25 years ago, now cost $70K. Taking inflation into consideration, everyone's salary had to increase also.
  8. Thanks for that Dave. I have heard it before, but didn't know he wrote it himself.
  9. Is this supposed to mean something TGL? If it is, I don't get it.
  10. My oxygen ran out one day, accompanied by a pain in my chest...I had a heart attack, Now going in for a triple bypass on the 14th of July. I would not have known I had a heart attack, except I was concerned enough to talk to my doctor about it. Tests confirmed it. I said that to say, don't treat breathing problems lightly, they are a major symptom of heart trouble.
  11. That agenda is being pushed by the homosexual community, not all Liberals are that way @TheGloryLand
  12. Not only that @BrotherTony but if he is the youth pastor, he should be called to that position, not appointed. The office of pastor, whether senior or youth is a calling by God, not an appointment by man.
  13. Working in pairs or more, like we do when dealing with two different sexes can be an effective means. Don't allow one on one situations.
  14. No thanks on the meal kits. I guess, or know that I am old fashioned, but I like my own cooking and am not willing to change for expediency sake.
  15. Easy to see the "willingly ignorant" part of the scripture.
  16. Yes, and that has been a subject that has been hashed over quite a bit on this forum for many years. Every once in a while it is brought up again.
  17. I cannot prove what I am going to say by scripture; but I have heard it preached that by Jewish tradition, a person was not considered dead until they had been dead for three days. If this is so, then it may have been that Jesus being in the tomb for three days would be convincing evidence that He had died, and would make His resurrection all the more valid to the Jews. There may be other valid arguments for this Jewish tradition, such as the case of Lazarus. When Jesus heard that Lazarus had died He waited three days before coming to him, which would have been four days total. The resurrection of Lazarus is a type of Jesus' resurrection and as such, it would follow that Jesus wanted the Jews to know of a surety that Lazarus had died, therefore making his resurrection valid and convincing. Jesus told the Jews in no uncertain terms that Lazarus had died after first saying that he was asleep. Believers who die are said to be asleep. Joh 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Joh 11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Joh 11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Joh 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. Joh 11:15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
  18. It leaves that doctrine in the same place as all other Roman Catholic doctrine. There is not one doctrine that they have not polluted with their man-made heresy. Not only is there no "assumption" but there is no "Blessed Virgin". Mary stopped being a virgin the moment she had a child, as do all women.
  19. That is the way to do it. Too many times it is difficult to impossible to get people to come only for a business meeting. It should also be announced in advance. It is up to the pastor to teach and preach about how important business meetings are. Solid, well taught and conscientious members will consider business meetings important and attend.
  20. 50 seems like another lifetime. Enjoy it Matt, it disappears quickly.
  21. No, I never have Joe. Don't even know where it is. But you have to realize that I left Mass. in my early twenties and am now eighty.
  22. I don't know that Christians will vote them in and neither do you. Christians are a minority in this country and politicians are voted in by the majority.
  23. Yes Matt, it will be really appreciated and welcome. Please thank the church for me also. I made a mistake when I wrote the date of the surgery, it is not the 11th, it is the 14th. The preop stuff starts on the 11th. It's confusing.
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