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  1. in English that is true, and if I had just gone on that assumption I would have missed this new insight that really made it come more alive for me.
  2. Our church is currently working through Psalm 119 as our Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Psalm 119:44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. It pays to look up every word! I work my way through each word in the verse, checking the Hebrew words to see what they mean. In English we use the phrase "forever and ever" to just mean ongoing, to just emphasize that we mean "always." So, I went to look up the first "ever" and assumed they would both be the same Hebrew word. They weren't. ever = H5769 "olam" properly, concealed; that is, the vanishing point ever = H5703 "ad" (as in ad infinitum) properly a (peremptory) terminus; that is (by implication) duration, in the sense of perpetuity So when I looked up both words it indicates that the distance/time period talked about here it to the point that can no longer be seen, and past that, it keeps going, which immediately brought to mind Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story where his call to arms is "To Infinity and Beyond!" I will always see "for ever and ever" in scripture now as "To Infinity and Beyond" lol. It's the little things that make scripture meaningful and memorable.
  3. I have also used the term, but in reference to asking God to give one a sign to confirm something, much like Gideon did.
  4. There are other options, such as CBD oil or tinctures, many without the concerning THC, and still gives excellent pain relieving benefits. My husband has a serious degenerative arthritis and the VA wants to give him narcotics for the pain. He does not want to become dependent or an addict so he has refused. He has had success with CBD that does not contain the THC that gives the typical side effects.
  5. God put plants/herbs here for our benefit. If there is a legitimate health/medical benefit from ANY herb I support it. There is always a danger of abuse, so it needs to be handled carefully. I do not support "recreational" use of any herb/drug. As to specific herbs, that is up to the individual's judgment and conscience to use responsibly.
  6. Continuting my research into "DEW" (Jdg 6:37) Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. (Jdg 6:38) And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. (Jdg 6:39) And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. Here dew was used as a "test" to assure Gideon of God's instructions. So far, from the verses I've read it appears that the dew was considered to be "sent" by God, as well as rain. The people didn't understand the science behind clouds, air pressure, temperature etc. that we now know about which contribute to the formation of these things. But God designed all that, and He can still prevent those things if the conditions are right. Something we tend to forget. But these verses seem to indicate that the arrival of dew was seen as coming from God, which may explain the phrase "dew of heaven."
  7. Indeed! Possibly the unrighteous were eating meat, but the Bible does not say. Because it is silent on it, and God tells Noah after the flood that animals are now okay to eat I had just assumed they were not eaten before that point. I have also assumed that this change in the diet probably had to do with the changes to the earth that took place during the flood, and those changes would call for a need to change the diet. It is assumed that there was a water canopy that deluged the earth and was no longer there, which would change the earth, and obviously people's lifespans shortened considerably afterward. We can't know for sure because it isn't spelled out in scripture, but those were always my thoughts on it.
  8. my husband had a icu nurse come into his office this week, pushing for him to get the vaccine, but then also admitted that it was very likely that the vaccines have created the variants. Last year, over the summer, transmission rates dropped, just like you would expect. They rose again late fall, during "flu season" just as it would be expected. By February it was dropping again. Then they started pushing the vaccines, and now transmission rates are blowing up during a season you would expect it to be dropping. If we had left things alone it is quite likely it would largely be over by now.
  9. This passage is important in showing what man is really like. They asked Jesus for a sign to prove what he said, but they had already seen a sign -- the feeding of the crowd. What they really wanted was for him to go it again, to provide more free food for them, or something even bigger. They were fixated on their physical needs/desires and completely missing the spiritual implications of what he was telling them. This is frequently true of us when reading scripture. Right now I'm working on the the "dew" of the Exodus passage and the possibility of it being a picture of the Spirit, especially in light of the Spirit and receiving Christ. Attempting to work through it methodically.
  10. Thank you. I did reference this passage in my original post, though not all the verses you have shared. It is certainly important.
  11. So, I decided to look up all verses with the word "dew" in them. The first few in the Bible are interesting: (Gen 27:28) Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: (Gen 27:39) And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; (Exo 16:13) And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. (Exo 16:14) And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. (Num 11:9) And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it. (Deu 32:2) My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (Deu 33:13) And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, (Deu 33:28) Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. I don't remember ever seeing the two in Genesis before. I know I've read them because I've read the book of Genesis several times, but these verses never stood out to me, and then they are "recapped" in Deuteronomy 33:28. Will have to look closer at this!
  12. sounds like a lovely trip. the pie looks very yummy. I love the bears! I can't wait until Autumn, then hubby and I will have to take a road trip on the backroads of WV. I can't wait until the cool air arrives.
  13. I have noticed a great reluctance in IFB circles to acknowledge demonic activity. We were called on by a friend who was pastoring a church (SBC) and experiencing some intense spiritual warfare, and we met with him for prayer, prayed and anointed his office, and conducted a prayer vigil for him during a business meeting they had, and we experienced some very odd things while this was going on, which really could only be explained as attacks on us, though they were very mild. When trying to relate these issues to others they looked at us like we were crazy. We made sure to be in the Word constantly, praying scripture, being diligent in prayer and we fasted. Something that comes to mind is where Christ tells his disciples that this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting Mt 17:21. As far as individuals facing oppression and depression I think a circle of prayer warriors are needed to help them, similar to what is described in James 5:14.
  14. yes, indeed! Thank you for the Deuteronomy reference, I will certainly look into it! I appreciate your input.
  15. Well, the repairman didn't show up this evening. Hoping for tomorrow.
  16. Since we married hubby and I have almost always been together, except for his weekend drills with the Army. His last few years in the military he ended up in a unit where he had to go away for annual training, the first was three weeks and that was rough. Most of the time he was able to stay local and come home each evening. The last unit he was in he took me to drill with him. I sat in the lobby and crocheted until the supervisor of the survey team (who is a Christian and lay preacher) took pity on me and put me up in a corner of his department. When hubby retired I gifted him a blanket I had crocheted while camped out there, lol. Hubby takes me on the road with him when he has to work out of town, one of the main reasons is for me to navigate, but also because he doesn't want to go without me. The trips are fun, the travel gives us time to be alone and talk.
  17. I have a friend in WA and have heard about the heat. She ordered a window unit but it was going to be two weeks to get there so a friend loaned her one. They seem to be doing okay so far. Today it's only about 75 degrees and over cast, rain off and on so it's tolerable. Before the AC went out there were days I went outside and I felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Not fun.
  18. That is an idea! Actually hubby's childhood would make very interesting stories. He doesn't think so, cause to him it is matter of fact, but he grew up in the woods, learning to survive off the land, and had quite a few adventures. In a few of them he really should have died -- while on a camping/trapping trip during the winter he broke through the ice in a pond and lost some gear, and dove into the pond to recover it (he, being of Celtic heritage, was loathe to let pricey trapping equipment go) and went back to camp instead of going home and warming up. He and his friend dried out his clothes and wrapped him up in a blanket and he spend the night in a lean-to with the campfire in front of him. Realistically he should have died from hypothermia, and being ignorant of that fact seems to be the only thing that kept him alive, lol. But it shows that he had to stay alive in order to marry me and for us to have our son. So yes, his stories would be very interesting.
  19. THIS!!! As I've watched friends' relationships disintegrate the common theme seems to be that they have forgotten what attracted them to each other, the fun they had dating, etc. I like to revisit the unfolding of our love story frequently to help keep from losing touch with falling in love with my husband.
  20. Hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in April, and while we are quite short of the 35 year mark you mention, in today's society 25 years is almost unheard of. I have noticed over the years that most married couples seem to be roommates with benefits rather than what I would consider "married." The husband has his interests and the wife has hers. She goes out with friends, he goes out with friends, and don't seem to spend a lot of time together as a "couple." They have a family vacation, go out for their anniversary, but their relationship isn't a priority. Most of these couples are unchurched, but churched couples seem to only have church attendance as their common interest. As a teenager, forming ideas about relationships and dating standards, I could see that having the standard of only dating Christians or guys who attend church would NOT be enough to have a good relationship. I saw women who attended church alone because they had married unsaved men, or men who had only gone to church while they were dating and once married it was no longer a priority. There were also men who desired to be more active in the church, or even felt a call to preach who did not pursue those things because their wives did not prioritize church. I quickly realized that while being a Christian had to be the number one priority as to who I would date, secondly that guy had to have the same level of interest and commitment to church I did, and had a calling on his life that complimented the one I knew I had on mine. Hubby and I are best friends and share a deep love of God, the Bible and ministry. We make spending time together a priority, and especially studying the Bible together.
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