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Brother Stafford

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  1. 3 hours ago, Disciple.Luke said:

    Which Study or Reference Bible would you recommend (Other than Scofield)?

    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.

  2. 2 minutes ago, wretched said:

    Hardly, can't go wrong with a S&W shield/MP compact or a bodyguard

    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.

  3. 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.


  4. 1 hour ago, Disciple.Luke said:

    Half the Christians I see have a hard enough time trying to find 1 John in their own bibles, and using a bible app is just more of a crutch. In a way it's seems about "lazy" instead of learning where the different books are in a hard copy.


    1 hour ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    Using a printed Bible in church encourages others to bring and use theirs. One of the first things I remember doing as a new Christian is learning where the books of the Bible are. In this respect I think that this is a needful endeavor, much like memorizing bible verses. You get familiar with not only the book or verse, but also where it is located. Is the book in the front, between the front and the middle, in the middle, between the middle and the end?

    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.



  5. 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:


    Jerusalem Artichoke (sunchoke)





    By the way, I'm in Southeast Michigan (Zone 6a)

  6. 4 hours ago, Salyan said:

    Bro Stafford, I'm just letting you know what the default has been over the 8 or 9 years that I've been on this site. The above may have been your experience, but it certainly is not SOP.

    There is an option at the top of each thread to 'Follow'. Click on it and it will give you specific options for notifications relating to that thread. You may wish to check it out as well.

    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.

  7. 10 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    I get you. I wasn't trying to lift them up in any way, just making the observation that if they can't get something simple from pop culture, the world, right, how can they hope to get something of the Spirit right?

    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.  

  8. On 3/11/2017 at 5:36 AM, DaveW said:

    If people are going to be critical they should at least get the right info.

    The company behind this is not Disney, but Dreamworks

    I stand corrected.  My apologies.  They are so similar that I get them confused.

    21 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    Seriously, if Hollywood can't get something like the Fantastic Four right, how would we expect them to get anything biblical right? Although I think relatives of the Thing from Fantastic Four made an appearance on Noah, didn't they?

    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.

  9. 46 minutes ago, Salyan said:

    Ok, that's weird. The default status is supposed to be receiving notifications only of likes and quotes. If that wasn't happening before, and it is now, I guess something fixed itself.

    No, the default is still to automatically notify of replies, all of the threads, of which I am a part, have the "notify me of replies" button selected, but I am only receiving seemingly sporadic notification; regardless of whether I am quoted, liked or whatever.

  10. 17 hours ago, RSS Robot said:
    When People Say, “But The Shack is Just a Novel!”


    The Last Temptation of Christ was "just a novel."

    The Great Divorce is “just a novel.”

    The DaVinci Code is “just a novel.”

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is “just a novel.”

    The Exorcist is "jut a novel."

    Just because it's a novel, it doesn't mean that it isn't heretical or blasphemous.


  11. 19 minutes ago, Salyan said:

    That's because I only posted in the thread; I didn't quote you. I'm quoting on this reply, and you should see a notification for it.

    I see a button at the bottom of this post saying 'notify me of replies'. Have you tried clicking that to see if it will notify you of all replies in the thread?


    Until now, I have gotten notifications of people liking my posts and replying to my posts with out without quoting me.  The "Notify me of replies" is always selected by default.  I did get notification of the post in which you quoted me, but I have not received notification of other posts in which I have ben quoted.

  12. 4 minutes ago, Salyan said:

    Notifications only appear for postings directly related to your own: for example, if someone 'likes' a post or quotes it. If another individual comments in a thread without quoting or liking any posts of yours, there will be no notification.

    I am aware of that.    I have to go through and actually look at the latest posts in the threads, to which I have posted, in order to see if there is something new.  However, I do get notifications of some of them.

    I was notified that Brother Jim liked one of my posts, but I didn't get a notification that you replied to this one.

  13. 11 hours ago, DaveW said:



    I thought this was a theological forum....

    I was just thinking that some members or visitors might be asking this question seriously.  

    Anyone who has done research on the subjects of gardening, hunting, beekeeping &c., has discovered the glut of hippy-dippy-new-age-evolutionist-mumbo-jumbo (often accompanied with foul language) that is very often attached to the information.  As a Christian, I get tired of having to wade through all of that sort of thing in order to get to the useful information.  I much prefer to learn about and discuss working with God's creation with others who are aware of the true origins and purposes of His creation. 

    So, for me, it's a bit like having visited a butterfly house tour given by a group of evolutionist atheists and then discussing it with friends at church after service.

  14. A few days ago, I noticed that I am no longer getting all notifications.  I have not yet recognized a pattern.  For example, I received both an email notification (in my apple mail) and a red bell notification (at the top of the OB page) for one of Brother Jim's posts in the new Homesteading section, but received neither kind of notification when Sister Salyan posted in the same topic.  Has anyone got any thoughts on the matter?

  15. Whenever any project is started, a workspace is required and supplies are needed.  This area of the forum will contain many discussions about many different aspects of what occurs on homesteads; from large, multi acre farms, to small, possibly suburban plots.  As we gather our supplies and begin our projects, let us first take a moment to consider the original and grandest of all homesteading projects ever undertaken.

    (Genesis 1:1-31) "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. {2} And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. {3} And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. {4} And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. {5} And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    {6} ¶ And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. {7} And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. {8} And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

    {9} ¶ And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. {10} And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. {11} And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. {12} And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. {13} And the evening and the morning were the third day.

    {14} ¶ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: {15} And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. {16} And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. {17} And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, {18} And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. {19} And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    {20} And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. {21} And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. {22} And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. {23} And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    {24} ¶ And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. {25} And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    {26} ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. {27} So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. {28} And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    {29} ¶ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. {30} And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. {31} And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."

    (Genesis 2:1-3) "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. {2} And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. {3} And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

    It is easy to be complacent and forget just how miraculous our lives are and how God has designed everything in them to work.  From our childhoods, we have all grown up seeing the miraculous constantly occur around us; so much that they become commonplace and often unimpressive to many.  Let us never take for granted the miracle of food emerging from the ground, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, the development of a child within its mother or even the very breath breathed into our lungs from the lips of the Almighty Creator Himself.

    Let us never forget that we are miracles working with miracles for the glorification of the one and only God of the universe.

  16. 2 hours ago, Orval said:

    Not sure if this is what you were wanting brother if not let me know and I will try to help.

    What great information!  it is encouraging to hear first hand accounts of techniques like this.  My back is also not what it used to be and I am thinking of the same things of which you spoke, regarding cost and efficiency.  Thank you.

  17. 55 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    OK, Bro. Matt has tentatively given his blessing to a garden forum. I am going to go ahead and put one up, but need some input from members. I need a general name for the forum that will indicate a general idea of what the forum is about. I can do this two ways. I can create a general forum with sub-forums under it, which takes up board space and some sub-forums may not get much use.

    Or I can create a general forum with a descriptive name and let the threads within that forum define the subjects, something like The Lounge is set up now.

    I have church this morning and want to start work on the new forum this evening. But I want to ask those that are interested in this new forum to help with a descriptive name for the forum that will show on the main board page. In this respect, what would members think of the name "Homesteading?" Or "Self Sufficiency?" I suggest this because if you do a search online for a definition of those names, you will see that they encompass just about everything that could be discussed. Because of the topics a forum like this would generate, it might be better to just name the forum and let the subjects define themselves instead of having sub-forums.

    Suggestions?  :15_8_3:

    Thank you for taking the time to do this, brother.  I agree that a general forum without sub categories would be best.  I cast my vote for it to be called, "Homesteading." The less work for you the better. :)

    If you include a description beneath the forum name, you might include any of these subjects: Gardening, Beekeeping, Canning, Husbandry, Hunting, Fishing &c.

  18. @Orval I saw the photos of Orval's straw bale plantings and am very interested in them.  I have heard that you can purchase straw bales for only a few dollars each and that it may be a much cheaper way to get gardens started as opposed to purchasing soil to fill raised beds &c.

    Orval, could you share a bit more of your bale gardening experience? 

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