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Bouncing Bill

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  1. 14 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

    On the marijuana issue, we have to remember that there is a whole lot of assumption and guessing that goes on in archaeology. The presence of marijuana residue doesn't mean it was used for worship-it could have been from any time between the time the altar was used for worship and the tie of finding it. Maybe 200 years later, 500 years later, some guys stopped for a smoke and sat on the old altar, who knows? What we DO know, is that there is no scriptural mandate for the use of marijuana, or that I am aware of, that it was ever cultivated in ancient Israel, so we know if there was true worship of God going on there, we know it wasn't part of that. Anything else is conjecture and doesn't really matter. 

    Thanks, good reply. I was thinking much the same. People have a propensity to dump current thinking onto ancient peoples ... and that is a mistake. We have no context of how the marijuana smoke got there. You are right there is no Biblical mandate to use or not to use marijuana or tobacco for that matter. Of course, tobacco was totally unknown in that part of the world at that time. 

  2. 9 hours ago, SureWord said:

    No, it may not effect your beliefs, but it's just more bunk to push the marijuana money making scam through. Jesus and Moses smoked weed so it's OK for everyone.

    I see where a suburb of Chicago is going to pay reparations to black folks from the taxes on the weed that they'll be selling to black folks. 

    It seems a tempest in a teapot to me. Surely I have current more important things to be concerned about. 

  3. 3 hours ago, jeff_student_of_Jesus said:

    The article you posted a link to,   what was there that was of interest to you ?

    Do you believe any of the article is true ?  Do you believe any of it can be trusted ?

     

    The "context" of the use of marijuana in the united states before 1950 is fairly well known. 

    The "context" of using anything that impairs the mind or spirit is also explained pretty well , I think,  in God's Word, KJV

    Why would they lie? I am not a cynical, conspiracy theory person. I spend my working life doing research, finding information for engineers, computer programmers, etc. I learned that trained experts in their field do not go around looking to lie. I am sure the finds are real. The interpretation of finds, well I leave that up to people trained in the field of archeology. 

    My personal philosophy is follow the leads to the truth and if I don't like the truth, then I have to reorder my beliefs to incorporate the truth. Facts can be nasty things showing up our preconceived pet beliefs. 

    [Very gently said.]

  4. 11 minutes ago, SureWord said:

    Fascinating, but #7 really? Some of these pot heads have been trying to turn Moses, Jesus, the Apostles, etc into pot smokers for years like the pervs have been finding "evidence" that men like Hamilton and Lincoln were gay. 

    Even if some weed was burnt on the altar this is no proof that it was in worship of Jehovah. It could have been when the Jews were backslidden worshipping Baal or even some other religious group that hijacked the altar to burn weed upon. The Arabs were notorious hashish smokers.

    We will probably never know the context in which "pot" was used. It does not bother me how it was used and does not affect my beliefs in any way. 

  5. On 5/4/2021 at 5:50 PM, Ukulelemike said:

    Sure. For instance, scripture tells us God cannot sin-therefore I limit God on His inability to sin. Since he is, indeed, the very fount and definition of "Good", He could not sin. 

    God has said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee", therefore I limit God in ever being able to take my salvation away, because to do so would be to forsake and leave me. Therefore He is limited by His own word.

    As for the other, in obligation, last Sunday I preached that many believers have been taught that if we have enough faith, and ask earnestly enough, God will heal our bodies, however, nowhere has he obligated Himself to heal our flesh, only our souls. It doesn't mean He WON'T or CAN'T, just that He is not obligated to do so. He has, however, obligated Himself that when we ARE afflicted, that in our weakness his strength will be made perfect, so He is obligated to strengthen us when we are infirm, so that we might continue to serve Him, even in our infirmities.

    Thank you for the reply. I appreciate it very much. 

  6. The church I attend has no deacons. We have ministry groups. The head of each ministry group is a member of the church council. in face, anyone who wants to attend a church council can do so. The reason we have no deacons is because when the church was founded and the question of deacons came up, someone asked, "Has anyone been in a church where deacons did anything beside cause trouble?"

    No one had and it was decided we would have no deacons. 

    Two years ago we moved away from Roberts Rules of Order and majority rule. We now have consensus rule. If everyone is not for it, the study continues until a compromise is made that everyone can live with. So far it has worked very well. 

  7. A different perspective:
    “Ask any person who was chronically ill or disabled before the pandemic how life changed for them during the pandemic and we can’t say it changed as much as the average “healthy” person’s life did. We were already used to being at home. We were already painfully adjusted to missing events. Eventually, you stop missing certain things and accept the home life because you have to adapt to your new normal or you will go insane with grief from your life’s lost possibilities. My husband and I had hoped that healthy, mobile Americans would look beyond themselves and protect others while protecting themselves. There was also the vague hope that they would better understand the limited lives of their fellow ill or disabled Americans. Instead, we realized a new cold, hard truth: Most Americans wouldn’t know how to survive being hindered by illness or disability. They can’t adapt to inconvenience.
    — Christine Skirbunt-Kozabo, Virginia”
  8. On 4/27/2021 at 9:52 AM, PastorMatt said:

    Another topic got me thinking. When you street preach what do you preach about?

    I am 100% against abortion, homosexual marriage (If the government want to have civil unions so be it, but God ordained marriage between a husband and a wife), alcohol, and other things, but when I street preach I stick with the gospel message.

    I get into homosexuality and other sins once I get to engage on a one on one situation or they bring it up. Salvation first, then let the Holy Spirit work on their heart.

    Does anyone here get up and street preach about homosexuality?

    Preach Christ, not social issues. If they come to Christ he will work on their social issue beliefs.

  9. My understanding is the "Universal Hand Sign for Help" was developed in Canada during the pandemic shutdown. Domestic violence was discovered to be on the rise. The hand sign is not restricted to home violence, but can be used in other situations. Here is a link to a video of the sign:

     

     

  10. We are supposed to respect our elders.

    I have always tried to do just that.

    However, I noticed recently I have a problem.

    It is harder and harder to find someone more elderly that I. 

    [Should I laugh or cry. This is so true for me.]

  11. The Baptist Church i am a member of is not IFB. That being said, we have always had one or more members who were Asian. They add much to our congregation. I have seen no hate in our congregation. Indeed, we are a very welcoming church. Everyone needs Christ.

    Years ago, in another church, I taught an International Sunday School Class. The majority were Vietnamese and Chinese. They were a great group. Oh, and talk about good food at class parties. Makes my mouth water to think about those parties. 

     

  12. Christ as a light, illumine and guide me
    Christ as a sheild, over shadow me
    Christ underneath, Christ over me
    Christ beside, on my left and my right
    This day be within and without me
    Lowly and meek yet all powerful
    Be in my heart, I reach to Him in my speech
    In the dark who speak unto me
    This day be within and without me
    Lowly and meek yet all powerful
    Christ as light, Christ as a sheild
    Christ beside me
    On my left and my right.
    Source: Musixmatch
    Songwriters: John Michael Talbot
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