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  1. Daughter in law can't walk

    We say our daughter in law today and she seem to be walking more normally. She is walking slower and needs help sitting down, to hang on to something to steady herself. But she did well. So we are praising God for the improvement, and thanking you for your prayers. They are also dreading putting down their boxer that has cancer. They don't think it will be many months now that she can survive, and she is sleeping a lot now. I hope that she will die in her sleep. She has been a sweet dog and we thank God for the time they have had her and were able to give her a good home. (They adopt dogs and knew she had cancer when they adopted her.)
  2. Derailing thread

    Reminds me of the guy asking the skeleton sitting at its compute "when did you say that your computer went down?"
  3. writing off people

    Some of the people who have been the most embittered toward Christianity and have given me the hardest time gradually were softened and were saved. Praise God, one was my husband. Another was my daughter in law's mother, who was also into new age junk. She was a mocker as well. But some like may father in law probably remained embittered till his death. We never know who God will bring to salvation. Our job is to love them as they are, pray for them and witness to them by dropping seeds here and there and being a friend to them, expecting nothing in return. "There but for the grace of God go I". We grieve for those who reject Christ but must respect their choice. But this is not being someone who is hoping for their approval or is doing so out of their own need for affection. This is being done out of Godly compassionate love, hoping that they will come to repentance but not expecting any appreciation or regard from them.
  4. We are told that the Word (Jesus) is the Creator of the heavens and the Earth, and everything that was made. John 1, Colossians 1 NKJV Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Col 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
  5. Carm has this to say on the subject of why the OT apocrypha is not included in the Bible: Reasons why the Apocrypha does not belong in the Bible by Ryan Turner Catholics and Protestants disagree regarding the exact number of books that belong in the OldTestament Scriptures. The dispute between them is over seven books, part of what is known as the Apocrypha: 1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon), Baruch, Tobit, Judith, and additions to Daniel and Esther.1 However, there are a number of reasons why the Old Testament Apocrypha should not be part of the Canon or standard writings of Scripture. Rejection by Jesus and the Apostles 1. There are no clear, definite New Testament quotations from the Apocrypha by Jesus or the apostles. While there may be various allusions by the New Testament to the Apocrypha, there are no authoritative statements like "thus says the Lord," "as it is written," or "the Scriptures say." There are references in the New Testament to the pseudepigrapha (literally “false writings”) (Jude 14-15) and even citations from pagan sources (Acts 17:22-34), but none of these are cited as Scripture and are rejected even by Roman Catholics. In contrast, the New Testament writers cite the Old Testament numerous times (Mt. 5, Lk. 24:27, Jn. 10:35) and use phrases, such as "thus says the Lord," "as it is written," or "the Scriptures say," indicating their approval of these books as inspired by God. 2. Jesus implicitly rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture by referring to the entire accepted Jewish Canon of Scripture, “From the blood of Abel [Gen. 4:8] to the blood of Zechariah [2 Chron. 24:20], who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation (Lk. 11:51, cf. Mt. 23:35).” Abel was the first martyr in the Old Testament from the Book of Genesis while Zechariah was the last martyr in the Book of Chronicles. In the Hebrew Canon, the first book was Genesis and the last book was Chronicles. They contained all of the same books as the standard 39 books accepted by Protestants today, but they were just arranged differently. For example, all of the 12 minor prophets (Hosea through Malachi) were contained in one book. This is why there are only 24 books in the Hebrew Bible today. By Jesus' referring to Abel and Zachariah, He was canvassing the entire Canon of the Hebrew Scriptures which included the same 39 books as Protestants accept today. Therefore, Jesus implicitly rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture. Rejection by the Jewish Community 3. The "oracles of God" were given to the Jews (Rom. 3:2), and they rejected the Old Testament Apocrypha as part of this inspired revelation. Interestingly, Jesus had many disputes with the Jews, but He never disputed with them regarding the extent of the inspired revelation of God.2 4. The Dead Sea scrolls provide no commentary on the Apocrypha but do provide commentary on some of the Jewish Old Testament books. This probably indicates that the Jewish Essene community did not regard them as highly as the Jewish Old Testament books. 5. Many ancient Jews rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture. Philo never quoted the Apocrypha as Scripture. Josephus explicitly rejected the Apocrypha and listed the Hebrew Canon to be 22 books. 3 In fact, the Jewish Community acknowledged that the prophetic gifts had ceased in Israel before the Apocrypha was written. Rejection by many in the Catholic Church 6. The Catholic Church has not always accepted the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha was not officially accepted by the Catholic Church at a universal council until 1546 at the Council of Trent. This is over a millennium and a half after the books were written and was a counter reaction to the Protestant Reformation.4 7. Many church Fathers rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture, and many just used them for devotional purposes. For example, Jerome, the great Biblical scholar and translator of the Latin Vulgate, rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture though, supposedly under pressure, he did make a hurried translation of it. In fact, most of the church fathers in the first four centuries of the Church rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture. Along with Jerome, names include Origen, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Athanasius. 8. The Apocryphal books were placed in Bibles before the Council of Trent and after but were placed in a separate section because they were not of equal authority. The Apocrypha rightfully has some devotional purposes, but it is not inspired. False Teachings 9. The Apocrypha contains a number of false teachings (see: Errors in the Apocrypha). (To check the following references, see http://www.newadvent.org/bible). The command to use magic (Tobit 6:5-7). Forgiveness of sins by almsgiving (Tobit 4:11, 12:9). Offering of money for the sins of the dead (2 Maccabees 12:43-45). Not Prophetic 10. The Apocryphal books do not share many of the chararacteristics of the Canonical books: they are not prophetic, there is no supernatural confirmation of any of the apocryphal writers' works, there is no predictive prophecy, there is no new Messianic truth revealed, they are not cited as authoritative by any prophetic book written after them, and they even acknowledge that there were no prophets in Israel at their time (cf. 1 Macc. 9:27, 14:41). Sources Norman Geisler and Ralph E. MacKenzie, Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, pp. 157-75. Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999, pp. 28-36. This article is also available in: Norsk, Português 1.See http://www.catholic.com/library/Old_Testament_Canon.asp for a list of the books that the Roman Catholic Church accepts. Also see, Michael D. Coogan, ed., The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, third edition, New Revised Standard Version, Oxford University Press, 2007, p. 4, for a list of the Apocrypha. Interestingly, Catholics refer to these extra books as the Deuterocanonical books while Protestants refer to them as part of the Apocrypha. 2.Some scholars debate whether the exact Canon of the Old Testament Scriptures was discovered by the Jews until around 100 A.D. so Paul may not be referring to some authoritative list of books. However, the principle of the "oracles of God" still holds. The Jews rejected the Apocrypha as being part of the oracles of God. 3.There are various divisions of the Hebrew canon. The Protestant Old Testament Canon contains 39 books while the Hebrew canon has 22 or 24. These are the exact same books as the Protestants have, but they are just arranged differently and some of the books are combined into one. For example, Kings is one book. There is not 1st Kings and 2nd Kings. Also, all of the 12 minor prophets (Hosea through Malachi) are one book in the Hebrew Canon. 4.It is true that the Catholic Church accepted the Apocryphal books at earlier councils at Rome (A.D. 382), Hippo (A.D. 393), Carthage (A.D. 397), and Florence (A.D. 1442). However, these were not universal Church councils and the earlier councils were influenced heavily by Augustine, who was no Biblical expert, compared to the scholar Jerome, who rejected the Apocrypha as part of the Old Testament Canon. Furthermore, it is doubtful that these local church council's decisions were binding on the Church at large since they were local councils. Sometimes these local councils made errors and had to be corrected by a universal church council.
  6. "the dead in Christ". o

    We retain our identity while being with Him. He is in us and we are in Him. But our soul is distinctly who we are and while the old man has died, and we die to him daily, and we are being conformed to the likeness of Christ, we will still be a distinct person or soul when we go to be with the Lord. The body is often referred to as sleeping in its grave because Jesus will resurrect it when He comes for His church. But we are buried in our own graves, not Jesus' grave.
  7. Paul said he became all things to all people--to the Jews he be came a Jew, to the gentiles he became a gentile, so that some might be saved. 1Co 9:19 NKJV For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 1Co 9:20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 1Co 9:21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who arewithout law; 1Co 9:22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men,that I might by all means save some. So many Messianic Christians have said that the observe Jewish traditions because they are trying to share the Gospel with Jews and win them to Jesus as their Messiah.. Jesus was Jewish and observed Jewish traditions as did the early church in Jerusalem. They decided that those who are not Jewish do not have to become Jews to become Christians. But to win those who are under the law they became like them so as not offend them; so that is what some Messianic Jews have stated here as well.
  8. You do not mention if you are a Christian or if you even have questions about Christianity. But we welcome you anyway, Jason, and hope you will consider God's love for you and that Jesus took your sins and imperfections on Himself when He died for you, so that our perfect God can tolerate having us in His presence or even looking at us. God is perfect and hates sin, but everyone on this earth has made mistakes except for Jesus Christ. So God sent His only Son to die in your place. He loves you that much! Willa.
  9. It shows in contrast the boldness and power with which Peter spoke when he addressed the Jews at Pentecost after the Holy Spirit Had fallen on him and he had received power to preach the Gospel. God is all the more glorified when He uses flawed people because His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
  10. A christian woman marrying a muslim man

    My friend married a muslim who became abusive. He decided to take the children to Iran. She fled with them and was living in fear of his finding them and taking them from her. I worked with her and often gave her rides. She remarried a Christian but it turned out he had hepatitis C and gave it to her. Somehow the first husband found them and last I knew she had fled with her children again. What a horrible life she made for herself and her kids.
  11. Derailing thread

    Not much is still known. It can affect our whole system--auditory, directional, visual, causing reversals and incorrect perception. But the "experts" go to extremes. The U of W is now insisting it is all audio. Mine was mostly visual. But I still have problems with left and right directions. Turn left? I feel for my wedding rings. They used to make people crawl because the theory was that they had skipped that stage of development. But it has run in our family so I doubt if it is developmental. Some teachers just ignore kids who have it. When my kids were young, one of our 5 local school districts treated it here, but kids fall through the cracks if they do well in school. They think it is only those who are poor students in grade school that may have it. When I was in college I had an ophthalmologist read to me their statement that adults had adequately compensated for it when I was asking for help because I was struggling in college. --Found some help in college reading programs and from an optometrist so I did a psych term paper on it. Some people say Hemingway had it.
  12. Derailing thread

    I was glad to see leaves on trees and the black board with glasses. I also flunked spelling because I spell phonetically and I read very slowly and have to read over many times and take notes or outline. So I had to have good study habits But I did sweek into the top 10 percent of my high school class. In college I took vision therapy which brought my grades into A s but my long term memory for math and details is not so good. That is hubby's strength.
  13. Hello to all from Ukraine!

    Welcome, Sergei. I love Die Moldau and other music of Smetana. Reply here 5 times and you will have access to other threads.
  14. The New Animal thread

    Dogs do that, too. They even run over your feet while you are walking! Cats are more clingy and try to rub on your legs while you walk. But both like to clean up the spilt soup for you.
  15. Derailing thread

    That is why we groan for our new bodies. Romans 8 But I am so thankful for my new eye lenses which corrected my astigmatism when I had cataract surgery. I can read again. Still have dyslexia so I have to read each word phonetically to myself which is very slow, lose context easily, and lose my place easily; I reverse letters I see or type; but I can read my 8 pt text Bible and see distance without glasses for the first time since the 4th grade! Only a few years ago when I came here I was unable to look up references or anything. God is so good to have corrected my vision. And my knee replacement means I can walk without much pain and without my knee giving way under me. Praise God. God has saved us and blessed us beyond measure. He truly takes care of us. And when we go to be with Him there will be no more pain and no more sorrow.