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  1. Hi, tigger, how are you doing?  I have missed you and I know your life has not been easy.  



  2. Jesus right NOW

    Amen!  Even if this is another question resurected from a prior year.
  3. God is not a man that He should lie.  
  4. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.   I believe this means grace to hear and respond to God's call is given to the humble and needy as well.   God knows the timber of our souls before we are created.  He certainly knows who will humbly respond to His call.  Jesus said the He had kept all whom the Father had given Him--but for the son of perdition.  From the Father's persepctive, before the foundation of the world He has chosen us who are IN HIM to be holy and blameless before Him in love.  He predestined those who are in Christ to adoption as sons.   From our perspective, we must repent and choose to be in Him or bear the responsibility for our decisions if we do not choose Him.  I do not believe God has predestined any individual to hell.  I do believe that some are too proud and stiff necked to acknowledge a God as their creator and judge.  Like satan, they would elevate themselves to the level of a god.  I doubt if God would choose a person who steadfastly to their death wants nothing to do with Him but hates all the goodness, righteousness and love that are Him.   Jesus clearly said that those who would do away with Him were following the father of lies and he who was a murderer from the beginning. These will follow their father to hell.   But our God knows how to reach the most vile of sinners.  He can humble us and show us our need of a Savior.  He knows how to show each of us our limitations and shortcomings.  Job said he had heard with his ears, but after he had seen with his eyes he saw God but also saw his own sin.  Those who still would harden their hearts will eventually have their hearts further hardened by God.  Those who receive the words of Jesus, repenting, will continually lean on God's word in faith till we can sing "I need Thee every hour".  God knows our hearts and motives better than we know ourselves.  
  5. You do not belong to God?

    Verse 30:   MANY BELIEVED IN HIM. Jesus was speaking to a mixed crowd of Jews.  Many believed.  He urged these to abide or live in His word, proving their discipleship to be true and not just having made an emotional decision.  Some among them were Pharasees who were seeking to kill him.  His Word had not been received by them.  In fact, they were of satan and not of God at all.  So we are speaking of the sheep and the goats.  Some in any audience in a church are true followers of Christ, and some do not understand or follow Christ's teaching.  Many remain unrepentant.  They often look much alike on the outside, especially if they have been raised in a church.  They have learned how to talk the talk, but do they walk the walk?
  6. Hello!

    Welcome, Solomon, and amen!
  7. How Many Public Rest Rooms Are Needed?

    This simple, logical answer does not work when the lock is broken and this is the only restroom available for many miles at night in a strange city.  It was labeled men and women, it was filthy, and there was no stall.  My husband who promised to stand guard did not see the drunk who staggered in, did a huge double take, and turned and left without a word..  Yes, it was disgusting to be sitting next to a urinal.  Now I know why men hate to use mens restrooms.  You don't even feel safe when you put toilet paper on the seat, and I was fortunate to have toilet paper.   It was a nightmare.  Unisex restrooms mean a lot of people would rather find an alley, which is both illegal and equally disgusting.   
  8. Sound mind/discipline

    This gauge of how literal a translation is uses the Alexandria text as the gauge.  If you don't care for that text but prefer the more commonly used majority text then KJV or NKJV may be higher on the list as closer to the original text.  Just a thought.  
  9. Sound mind/discipline

    I think it is like a fire drill.  You practice what you would do in such an event.  We can also do this by rehearsing in our minds what to do.  We put this into practice in a house fire.  We automaticly responded without panic but with some urgency.  My husband had his hand on my shoulder behind me the way he had been taught in the navy.  We got out safely and just in time before the stairs went up in flames.   That was a disciplined response without giving way to hysteria but responding with a sound mind.   The problem with thought for thought translations is that they still leave a lot to a personal bias of the translator.  I still stick to the literal translations as well.  Too many things in the Bible are written off as figurative when they are meant literally.  Some people do a much better job than others in conveying the original intent, and many people often work on a translation.    
  10. A warm Hello to all

    I had never seen the red arrow before so I had to stop and play with it.  Thank you Gary. And welcome, Elijah's Mantle.  I've been here a few years and am still learning the site. 
  11. meals

    I go through the same thing.  I eat a small breakfast but one higher in carbs, plus an egg or some protein.  Even peanut butter would work on a whole grain bread.  Then lunch is our main meal with highest in protein, veggies, good oils and some carbs.  A snack a few hours later of fruit, like apple slices and low fat cheese, and a light dinner.  I count calories on My fitness Pal, and my insurance paid for seeing a diabetic nutritionist.  She recommended that the doctor increase my Metformin to deal with high fasting blood sugar.   However, if you don't include enough calories in your diet it will also cause your fasting blood sugar to be high.  I found that out when I was sick.  So be sure you are eating enough during the day and don't skip dinner.  Just make it a small one.   Most dietitians work around what works for you.  I had one work with a classic substitution plan, another work with a total calorie count plan, and other ways such as the plate, the carb counting, glycemic index.  They match a diet to your life style instead of forcing you into a mold of their choosing.  I will be praying that you will find the right plan for you, since this is so important to our health.
  12. The Sovereignty of God

    Joseph told His brothers who had sold him into slavery in Egypt, you meant it for evil against me but God meant it for good.  Genesis 50:20.   I think of God being like the Master chess player Who also invented the game.  So He has all counter moves to play into His hands, and a plan to triumph is ready for any event.  There is no move that He hasn't foreseen.  It works for me.
  13. The seed of Abraham

    All the nations are blest through God's grace being extended to the gentiles.  Prior to this only the Jews were included in this.  But through faith in Christ's death for the sins of the world, and faith in His resurrection, we all can be made righteous.  That is the blessing,  
  14. Most churches go through power struggles and disagreements, but it may be worse in a congregational style of government.  I have seen small churches split over the color of new carpet and the use of trumpets in the Alleluia Chorus.  In one I attended the women chose a mauve paint for the new gymnasium and the men refused to play basket ball in a pink gym so they had it repainted.  There are struggles over the use of money and firing of pastors over mishandling of funds (robbing Peter to pay Paul in often done in small independent churches.  They borrow from one fund to pay a more immediate debt.)   At the place I worked there was much infighting until we found a common enemy--the new boss.  He was intimidating and violent.  Perhaps the Church will quit bickering when the prophesied enemy of Christ is revealed.  But as long as there are imperfect people, the chances are that there will be disagreements. Meanwhile, I am rejoicing with you that your church is coming together.   I don't have a problem with churches disagreeing on how to interpret the Bible.  I do have a problem with churches abandoning the Bible as the foundation for beliefs.  I have a problem with churches abandoning salvation by faith in Christ's death and resurrection, or belief in the triune God.  People are too easily led to believe that church or Christmas is all about rituals and traditions, or even family;  They too easily abandon the foundation of a personal relationship with the Living God through the sacrifice of God's Son, His resurrection, and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the Church to live in us and empower us.

    God is eternal--- Psalms 90:1-2 Unchangeable ---Mal. 3:6 Omnipotent----Genesis 17:1 Omniscient----Psalmes 139:1-4 Omnipresent ---Jeremiah 23:24 Holy---Lev. 19:2 Just---Deut   32:4  He is the Rock, His work is perfect;  For all his ways are justice, A god of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. Faithful---2 Tim. 2:13 Benevolent ---Psalms 145:9,  Exodus 34:67  NKJV---the LORD (YHWH), the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin---,  Merciful   " Gracious 1 John 4:8     God is love.    "   Psalms 103:2-14 NKJV  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good thing, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD executes righteousness And Justice for all who are oppressed.  He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame;  He remembers that we are dust.     God allows people free will.  We are free to choose to follow and yield to Him, which causes us to become more like Him, or choose to follow our evil impulses, yielding wickedness.  It is our choice.   When  people die who have chosen to follow Jesus, they go to be in a perfect place of peace and love--God's presence..  A loving God won't force people to live with Him eternally if they hate Him.  Those who love evil will be destroyed.  That it both justice and mercy.