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Brother Stafford

Independent Fundamental Baptist
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  1. They can be major or minor problems on varying scales. The trick is to stay composed, don't lose your tempo and conduct yourself appropriately. (ba doom...tssshhh!)
  2. I want to write a blog post about asking others for help instead of stubbornly relying upon one's self or giving up entirely when confronted with a problem. I am trying to think of biblical support for this subject, but I'm drawing a blank, for some reason. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  3. Stop by sometime, I guarantee you won't trip over any apprentices' tails (aka machine chords). :)
  4. That's great! But don't go for a drive in your truck and say your going horseback riding. It confuses us equestrians. ;) (check and mate)
  5. If you have to ask the question, I don't know how I can answer you. It sounds like you're enjoying yourself, and it definitely looks like your grandson is enjoying them, but it's not woodworking; it's machining and programming. Nothing wrong with machining and programming, but we need to call a spade a spade.
  6. CNC? I thought this was about woodworking.
  7. What a racist statement! As someone with Polish ancestry, I object!
  8. Another reason I am a printed Bible kind of person is that if one is reading a Bible app, no one else knows what you're reading. If you are reading a physical Bible, others know what you are reading. Many conversations have arisen from strangers seeing me reading my Bible (and other books) while waiting for appointments.
  9. I have a pocket Bible (OT & NT) in my coat pocket, so I can literally read the Bible ANYWHERE. Neither one is more the word of God than the other and neither is "more spiritual" than the other. As I said in my previous post, it is about how the brain responds to the differences in medium. That aspect is not subjective; it is objective. If it is a matter of convenience, in the casual sense, I am opposed to it. It is my opinion that nothing that has to do with the word of God should be adjusted or manipulated for our convenience. It is still the word of God and should be treated with respect and reverence.
  10. Forgive me for missing that. I don't know how that happened.
  11. I have never heard of fornication to mean all sexual sin before now, but I am still a neophyte. I have been under the impression that fornication, in the context of Matthew 5:32, is to mean physical sexual activity before one is married. If fornication can be used to encompass all sexual sin, it would seem redundant to use it in that way when followed by a specifically named sexual sin. It seems like, in that context, it would be saying, (Matthew 5:32) But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit formication: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth fornication. However, if fornication is here being used to mean sexual activity before one is married, then it would make fornication impossible for one who is married. It would be called adultery after one is married. In this context, the only exception for divorce would be if a husband learns that his wife (or betrothed) was sexually active before their marriage, but never told him, then he would be within his rights to put her away. To me, this view allows for a clearer understanding of Matthew 1:18-19.
  12. One thing I do avoid is referring to the Greek and Hebrew. I have heard many people say, "A little Greek is a dangerous thing." I am confident that the translators of the King James Bible had a far greater understanding of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic (and many other languages) than anyone alive today. I don't think that looking up a bit of Greek or even studying it for a few years of college, prepares one for attempting to dissect the scriptures. I do not believe the KJV to be inspired as the original texts were, but I do believe that God worked directly with the men who created the KJV. I trust God's guidance through those men enough to not need to refer to the original languages.
  13. Personally, I don't believe in study Bibles. I believe it's important to keep God's words separate from man's words. I have Wilmington's Guide to the Bible, the Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible and Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary. I also have a shelf full of collected antiquarian books that contain sermons and many old dictionaries, but I stick to those three listed when I need assistance. I can't imagine having a commentary alongside of God's word. I used the NIV study bible before I knew any better and I think the concept is just awful. I think it's just laziness, so one does not have to set down the Bible and open another book. I am also not a supporter of Scofield. If you haven't learned about him, a little searching should tell you all you ned to know about why I keep myself as far from him and his teachings as possible.
  14. I was thinking of trading in my M&P 9c for a 9mm Shield. Still undecided. I guess my only issue is having to give up the capacity.
  15. I wear plugs and muffs. The pain is due to a condition that I have called hyperacusis.
  16. These are the only ones I have. I alternate them, depending upon what I am wearing, as my EDC. I got started late in life and only a few years before I damaged my ears. I used to go to the local range, once a week or so, with a friend of mine, but since I damaged my ears, I only go once or twice a year. I go to an outdoor range (The Pit in Lapeer, Mich.) early in the morning, before anyone is there because the sound of gunfire is so painful now. I'm looking to get a shotgun for the house, though.
  17. I'm an idiot. No, really, I'm an idiot.
  18. That looks like a pipe cutter roller mark about 1/4" back from the end of the barrel, no?
  19. I am something of a bibliophile, (with Luddite-like tendencies) so I will never welcome electronic devices as anything even close to primary use. A large number of studies show that there is something about physically doing things with tangible, non electronic devices, that allows for better retention of information and skill. From personal experience, I find this to be true. Knowing where stories are located in a physical Bible allow for a linear mnemonic timeline, of sorts, to be visualized in one's mind. The subject of mnemonics can be a series of threads in and of itself, but the general idea behind it is that our brains work much more efficiently, in regard to memory, when visuals are used. You probably can't remember your shopping list from last month, but you can probably mentally walk through every room of the home in which you grew up and account for nearly every item within. Since there are actual physical locations that you read and touch and write upon, within the pages of physical books, they are much more mnemonically conducive than electronic devices. While you can create mnemonic systems with electronic devices, physical books create a much stronger mnemonic connection because of the actual physical locations of the information. Even things like the physical dimensions of a physical book can prime one's mind for the task to come. When you sit down with a physical copy of a thick book, like the Bible or an old copy of Robinson Caruso, your brain knows to expect a lot of information and that it is going to be a certain amount of linear time before it is completed. With an electronic book, your brain does not prepare in the same manner and does not process the informations in the same way. There is no real backward or forward in an electronic reader; it's only a concept. Additionally, you can hold a device that is displaying "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and it is no different to your brain than if that same device were displaying the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Writing and typing are handled by the brain in the same way. When you write something out by hand, with a physical writing utensil on paper, the brain remembers it much better and processes the information more efficiently than when you type using a keyboard or a typewriter and even better than physically writing with an electronic drawing pad. This is another reason why video games are so dangerous and destructive to the human mind, but I digress. If they stop printing physical Bibles, then I will either make my own press or I will hand write and bind my own. Although I use one on my Mac, from which I to copy and paste into forums &c., I will never, in my life, rely upon an electronic Bible. Unless I die in an unexpected way, I intend on dying while holding a physical copy of the King James Bible.
  20. I'm going to be planting as many edible perennials as I can this year. Does anyone have recommendations for good, high yield perennials? This is what I am planning so far: Asparagus Jerusalem Artichoke (sunchoke) Raspberries Blueberries Blackberries By the way, I'm in Southeast Michigan (Zone 6a)
  21. From what I have read so far, the Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) is the safest, tastiest and most common.
  22. Sister Salyan, I hope I have not come across short; sometimes what I type comes across differently than what is intended. If I have come across coarse, I apologize. Thank you for your suggestions. I think I may have found the culprit. I have suggested that a friend of mine join the OB forum and told him to look around the site to see if he would be interested. I had forgotten to log out of my account and it looks like he was looking around quite thoroughly. When you suggested that I look at the "follow" options, I saw that it was changed to "One email per day with all new content from that day." He had changed it in the main account settings "accidentally." I'll have to wait until people start posting in threads in which I've posted to see if changing that setting worked.
  23. I don't believe it's about them not being able to get it right. I believe that they intentionally misrepresent biblical stories. Since things like the Fantastic Four are fictional, there's nothing to "get right;" they're just manipulating fiction. I think part of the goal is to create an environment where people no longer accept the concepts of facts or absolute truth.
  24. I stand corrected. My apologies. They are so similar that I get them confused. I have never been a fan of comics and the older I get, the more I not only don't care for them, but I believe them to be dangerous. I have created another thread on this topic here: The Dangers of Superheroes and Fantasy.
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