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  2. That's completely unacceptable in these forums I would think. Hallucinogenic mushrooms? People ask about the appropriateness of the Maxine cartoons and then someone posts magic mushrooms and refers to trippin? Come on.
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  4. What Does Sola Scriptura Mean? from John MacArthur Aug 07, 2015 Category: Articles The Reformation principle of sola Scriptura has to do with the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all spiritual matters. Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture. It is not a claim that all truth of every kind is found in Scripture. The most ardent defender of sola Scriptura will concede, for example, that Scripture has little or nothing to say about DNA structures, microbiology, the rules of Chinese grammar, or rocket science. This or that “scientific truth,” for example, may or may not be actually true, whether or not it can be supported by Scripture—but Scripture is a “more sure Word,” standing above all other truth in its authority and certainty. It is “more sure,” according to the apostle Peter, than the data we gather firsthand through our senses (2 Peter 1:19). Therefore, Scripture is the highest and supreme authority on any matter on which it speaks. But there are many important questions on which Scripture is silent. Sola Scriptura makes no claim to the contrary. Nor does sola Scriptura claim that everything Jesus or the apostles ever taught is preserved in Scripture. It only means that everything necessary, everything binding on our consciences, and everything God requires of us is given to us in Scripture (2 Peter 1:3). Furthermore, we are forbidden to add to or take away from Scripture (cf. Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Rev. 22:18-19). To add to it is to lay on people a burden that God Himself does not intend for them to bear (cf. Matt. 23:4). Scripture is therefore the perfect and only standard of spiritual truth, revealing infallibly all that we must believe in order to be saved and all that we must do in order to glorify God. That—no more, no less—is what sola Scriptura means. “The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.” —Westminster Confession of Faith This excerpt is taken from John MacArthur’s contribution in Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible.
  5. Maybe this goes closer to your issue. Yes we are not lions, but neither are we evolved monkeys as well. We are created beings made in God's image on the one hand but fallen morally and spiritually from that ideal on the other. Born again Christians have some of that image restored, but living socially amongst fallen humanity only guarantees clashes. Our main purpose to humanity is to be a witness for the Gospel ..not social change. We'd rather see a change in ones' heart/nature through the new birth, then positive social change will occur.
  6. All of us know that Donald trump will be inaugurated this Friday as the 45th president and, regardless of how you feel about him, I would like to encourage all of you to lift him up in prayer. Please pray for the DC region as well. I speak at different venues around the country and I always remind people the importance of blessing and not cursing. Pray for our leaders, pray for our government, and pray for everyone working to make this a better place. But, remember, DC is not just a seat of government, hundreds of thousands of people with no connection to the government live in DC. It's easy to curse the city because of the government, please don't do that, we can feel it. Let's be a people known for blessing!
  7. aaaaaaaaa! help! I'm hallucinating giant LASTS!
  8. Islam's Koranic sura, verses, refer to people of the book. Which would be Christians and Jews. The ideal way to understand the original writings in the Koran, or Qur'an, is to know the Arabic language. Because prior to Muhammad's death Islam was an oral tradition. He dictated what became the Qur'an to scribes in his service before his death. And the Koran/Qur'an itself became a book after. Because Muhammad was illiterate. Translation from the Arabic tends to lose a bit in the full textual import of the sura/scriptures. As such scholars and Imam's, spiritual leaders, can interpret the verses differently though the full context and import in their message remains. Jesus was referred to as Isa in the Qur'an. This source has various translations afforded Further, Imam's will teach that to claim Allah had a son is to belittle Allah. If you can bear the heavy accented English of the Imam in the short You Tube video entitled, Allah has no son nor a wife - Dr Zakir Naik , you will see there is an adamant passion behind refuting the claim that God, which is in Arabic translated as Allah, has a son. And it isn't like there are different denominations in Islam wherein group, say Sunni, will disagree and accept Isa is the son of the Muslim's god. It is and must be unanimous in Islam, because there no altering the text of the Koran being it is believed to have been recited to Muhammad directly by Allah himself, that Allah has no son. Also, as I mentioned there is a movement in the world that hopes to say that Christians and Jews worship the same God. This is not only absurd it is patently contrary to logic in matters of the timetable and context of the three faiths in question. I.E. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Islam arrived in the world in approximately 632 A.D. (Islam teaches Allah created the human race from a blood clot.That's the first contradiction in the Hebrew text of Genesis). When Judaism taught of God, and the prophesied Messiah, and later Christianity taught that Yeshua (Joshua) was that Messiah, who was born to take the sins of the world upon himself on the cross, which Islam also does not believe even about that messenger that Islam calls Isa, and then approximately 602 years later God called to himself an illiterate Arab merchant to appear before him at the behest of the Archangel Gabriel whom Allah sent forth to fetch Muhammad, and taught Muhammad something that completely contradicted all that Allah (god) had accomplished when he sent himself forth as his only begotten son Jesus some 602 years prior. Or, the 7th century. Dates will vary depending on the source you seek . Anywhere from 610 A.D. to 632. It just doesn't make any logical sense to argue that is true.However, ecumenicism promoters are doing that very thing.
  9. y'all should be nice to me, my water has been off since yesterday... husband is trying to work on 60-year-old plumbing. What a nightmare!
  10. Because the Woman Israel is Jewish and while she gave birth to Jesus, does not believe in her Servant Messiah because He did not fulfill the Messiah King prophecies she's looking for in which to place her faith. Have you never really talked to a Jew about Jesus? Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism. That's why our basic religion is Judeo-Christian.
  11. Work is the best narcotic. At seventy myself. Been working since my first paper route about thirteen. As a carpenter, over most of the years, working on job sites, now mostly in my shop building cabinets. My 401k/retirement is my shop/tools. With my kids and their spouses, eleven grand kids, there is always something to fix/build. Family. In the past, my wife and myself felt led to be involved with our elderly friends at church, or neighbors, helping those widows and those in need with what we could do in the way of wheelchair ramps, repairs or helping however we can to minister to them. Using our talents/abilities the Lord blessed us with. It is a blessing to be able to help, as to need help. We are GREATLY blessed. Like yourself, I become anxious when not working. I need a goal/challenge. Being in business for myself, it has always been work whenever the Lord sends it, there may not be any work tomorrow. My families greatest blessings have been during the leanest years. We sorta learned better what is more important. At our church, we have a group of retired guys mostly, that meet once or more a week in the morning for tacos and prayer, then work on all the repairs/maintenance at church. When word gets around that you and your buddies can help out, you can stay pretty busy. (This is a great time for new believers to get acquainted/fellowship with the guys). As far as a fear of retirement, I can't answer that. I always assumed/hoped I would work till I died. With the kind of work I do, there is always a kind of instant gratification. The customer/friend will extend his/her thanks and add a compliment or two. (Usually) And. Over the years as we get older and wiser (I have gray hair, so, wiser?), I have noticed that everybody likes/needs a pat on the back. I like to be needed. And I really enjoy a compliment once in awhile. I believe it's something God has instilled in us. .. I have been, also in my morning talk with God, asking to allow me that day to be a blessing to some one, whomever it might be. When my youngest grandson brings his bike to my shop with a flat, he already knows it's a done deal. But I'm the one who's blessed. 2Ch 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. Heb 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Gary Lee In Him Who is Semper Fidelis
  12. If I am not mistaking the bible say Israel, not Jerusalem. Besides, they have already agreed to divide God's land when the state of Israel was reformed and they drew up the boundaries they did and everyone agreed.
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  14. No not just the church. I mean what is the point of having an objective morality defined by a God if it's not disseminated down to humanity clearly. Why does it seem that we've chiseled away at our views of what a civilized and free society looks like? Is there an objective Biblical defense for allowing women to vote? I don't see that there is. Is it Biblically wrong to own people as servants and or slaves? I don't see how that could be objectively defended. It wasn't until recently that we modified our social contract in the free world to make these modifications.
  15. We accuse others of being unjust to us because they robbed us of some physical good, but we are being much more unjust by depriving them of the spiritual good that is theirs right (after all, Jesus died to call sinners to repentance - Matt 9.12,13). Jesus already ordained His love for them in us (Psalms 23: 6), and this is what all creation expects of the children of the Eternal (Rom. 8:19-22). Jesus has already enabled us to help them in their afflictions and besiege of Ha-Satan (1Peter 5:8,9). But, instead of humiliating ourselves beyond what we were humbled (1Peter 5:5-7) and set ourselves up to give to the individual more than he hoped to wrench from us (Matt 5:38-42), we resented and resisted the goodness and mercy of the Spirit of Jesus in us (see John 15:9; Rom 11.22). The only reason Jesus allows anyone to sin against us is because He can show himself to the person through us (see Matt 9.12,13). Therefore, when we resent someone, we are, in fact, rebelling against Jesus. After all, it was He who gave us such a mission. Hence Jesus said: · "Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."(Luke 17:1-10). · "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:20). If we do not forgive we run the risk of remaining under eternal torment: · “Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” (Matthew 18.32-35). May Jesus free us from the curse of spending our life hating the one for whom He died.
  16. Disregard for one another is due to the fact that you and I have a sin nature. While we may know Jesus Christ as our Savior we still battle the sin nature that is in us. That battle will continually be fought until we are in heaven with the Lord. Once we are in the presence of the Lord sin will no longer have a hold on us and we will be made completely perfect in Christ. "No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. (Revelation 22:3)." So once in heaven because sin will no longer exist we will not disregard anyone anymore. Sin will be gone. While there may be nothing we can do sin we can surely go out and tell others about Christ. That is our responsibility and a commandment by Jesus to do so (Matthew 28:19). So yes while we long for heaven we still have work to do here for the Lord. Because sin will not longer be present in heaven pain and suffering will be gone as well. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)". We will not look back and be ashamed because we will be looking to Christ instead. This world will no longer be remembered. Sin causes us to fall. We fight it on a daily basis. We have to put Christ first and strive to live for Him. When we do fall we repent and turn from that sin.
  17. For some reason this was a troublesome outlook for men when I retired. Women seem to look foreword to retirement thinking of all the time they would have to do all the things they never found time for while working. Some men worried about how they will find things to fill their time. Men think they will be bored. Yet in every case when men have retired they will say, " I am so busy.". Church involvement, golf, part-time jobs for a couple of hours a day, travel, volunteering, fixing things in the home....men wonder when they had time to work. When I retired from teaching, about 2/3 to 3/4 of the staff retired. We were within a year or two the same age and could not wait to retire. The men did not regret retiring....they were too busy .
  18. Israel is not the evil nation it is made out to be. Israel is not the "synagogue of Satan," which is meant to be used as an unfair pejorative against unbelieving Jews. Israel has a stunning track record of human rights that far outstrips that of her enemies. That is not to say that Israel is perfect and doesn't have any black marks, but when compared to her enemies, Israel exhibits a far better moral value system and is kinder to her enemies that they are to her. Israel humanitarian record is as follows: Israeli Arab citizens and politicians enjoying benefits of Israeli democracy Israeli Arabs express appreciation for Israeli democracy and their rights as Israeli citizens, when faced with the prospect of a possible border adjustment which would result in them living in a future Palestinian state: see Briefing 82 Israeli Arab Knesset members are reinstated to the 2003 general election despite virulently anti-Israel statements: see Briefing 53 Israeli medical services and support for Palestinian society Gaza Palestinian doctor working at Israel’s Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva praises the hospital for the dignity and kindness with which fellow Palestinians are treated, and expresses shock at an attempted suicide bomb attack on the hospital by a Palestinian woman outpatient from Gaza: see Briefing 146 Top Israeli medical official explains how Israeli healthcare cooperation with the Palestinians has resulted in the total eradication of tetanus and measles from the Palestinian population; a dramatically reduced death rate among Palestinian newborn children; training projects for Palestinian doctors in open heart and brain surgery; and assistance in opening intensive care units. He cites how in one year alone, 11,000 Palestinians were referred to Israeli hospitals for organ transplantation, treatment for pregnancy complications and other treatments: see Briefing 110 Over 150 Palestinian children receive free heart operations at the Wolfson Heart Hospital in the Israeli town of Holon: see Making the World A Better Place from Beyond Images Israeli and Palestinian doctors carry out joint research into the origins of deafness; an Israeli hospital pursues gene research for the benefit of Arab children; an Israeli hospital uses a revolutionary procedure to save the life of an Arab child: see Making the World A Better Place from Beyond Images See generally Israel21c: www.israel21c.org - for illustrations of medical cooperation, and joint healthcare projects, between Israel’s Jewish and Arab populations Legal challenges to the security fence route by Palestinians Palestinian Arabs win cases in the Israeli courts to reroute Israel’s security fence. Israel’s top judges uphold the principle that Israel’s defence requirements need to be “balanced” with the needs of the civilian Palestinian population: see Briefing 138 and Briefing 156 Protection of Arab property rights under Israeli law A working group of Israeli government politicians is prevented by Israel’s Attorney-General from passing a measure which could result in the acquisition by Israel of unoccupied Arab-owned land in East Jerusalem: see Briefing 131 The property rights of an elderly Israeli Arab woman prevail over the personal security interests of Israel’s Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz in a preliminary hearing taking place in an Israeli Court: see Briefing 109 Israel relaxes security measures… which are then sabotaged by terrorism Israel arranges a pilgrimage by Gaza Palestinians to Mecca which is delayed when a Palestinian gunman attacks the Erez crossing point to be used by the pilgrims to travel: see Briefing 109 Israel’s plan to withdraw its soldiers from four Palestinian cities is sabotaged when a Hamas bomber kills 23 Jewish worshippers – including many women and children - leaving the Western Wall on the day before the planned withdrawal, and Israel postpones the withdrawal: see Briefing 68 Palestinian family express outrage with the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade for recruiting their 15 year old son to be a suicide bomber. They accuse the bombing masterminds of sabotaging Israeli steps to improve their day-to-day lives: see Briefing 143 Israeli soldiers uphold the lives and interests of Palestinian civilians In the midst of the confrontation with Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, an Israeli Army commanding officer punishes Israeli soldiers for taking beads, fizzy drinks and other small items of personal property from Arab homes in which the soldiers are resting after 48 hours of fighting. He also instructs the soldiers not to drop cigarette ash. (The commander is later shot dead by a Palestinian gunman): see Briefing 97 A top Israeli court sets out the humanitarian rules which must be complied with by the Israeli Army when Israel is forced to enter into Palestinian areas to quell missile attacks or destroy bomb-making laboratories. The rules cover the provision of food, water and medical facilities for Palestinian civilians, and evacuation and burial arrangements: see Briefing 98 Six Israeli soldiers lose their lives in the course of carrying out a military operation in Gaza on foot so as to minimise the risk of harm to Palestinian civilians: see Briefing 92 Israeli rabbi’s condolence visit to Israel Arab mourners Israeli Rabbi from a West Bank settlement spends the Jewish sabbath with his wife in an Israeli Arab town to offer condolences to the family of three Arabs killed by an Israeli gunman. At the funeral of the victims he expresses a vision of common humanity, and is greeted by a prolonged ovation: see Briefing 151 These kinds of things are not what you would expect from "The synagogue of Satan." I would also add that the fact that Israel has things like gay pride parades and allows for freedom of religion for Muslims and apostates, makes Israel not a whole lot different than the US when it comes to equal rights issues. The US has a population of atheists, homosexuals, God-haters, etc. Those are not characteristics of the synagogue of Satan; those things simply confirm that human experience of sin is the same no matter where you go. God doesn't love Israel any less than He loves anyone else. And their existence in their biblical homeland cannot be explained apart from God's hand. He has a plan for that little nation.
  19. yes noob is last Mr Logan
  20. Praying for ya Neb... Love, Steven
  21. It is a rabbit trail off of the topic and I am not going to pursue that.
  22. No, I'm not talking about the poor. I used it as an example.
  23. "And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." (Luke 17.4). There in Eden, the greatest mistake Adam made was to neglect the first commandment: to bear fruit, to multiply, and to replenish the earth (Genesis 1:28). If he had done this, there would be no room in his life for evil, for his heart would be overpowered by the love of Jesus. Nevertheless, instead of receiving the rich blessings (Phil. 4:19) that the Eternal brings with the temptation, we insist on wanting Ha-Satan to bring back our misery. We are attached to a misery that even not solved our physical problem, while Jesus is ready to supply ALL of our needs (Psalms 127.2, Matthew 6.11,25, 26,33; Phil 4.19). Our hard and unrepentant heart (Rom. 2:5) insists on not knowing the way of the Eternal (see Psalms 95:10) in the midst of the storm and the whirlwind (Nahum 1.3). Although Ha-Satan may have been the instrument of injustice against us, it was the Eternal that operated everything (1Thess 5:18) to shake, in our life, everything that can shake us (Hebrews 12:25-27). Until when will we insist on keeping the old man's building standing, trying to repair a gap there and another here? How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? (Jer. 4.14). Do not try to save your old man. Let him die (Matt 10.39, Luke 9.23) so that the new can be formed within you (John 1:12; 1 Cor. 15:36). When this happens, you will know how to properly conduct your hatred against evil, namely, seeking to receive the superabundant Favor of the Eternal (Rom. 5:20) to overcome it with good (Rom. 12:19-21), with spiritual weapons (2Corinthians 10:3-6; 6.14-18), with a view to receiving greater love within you (Luke 7:47). If we want the rights and rewards of the Eternal for us (Isaiah 49:4), we should consider the conversion of the one who made us evil our real reward. After all, if he repents, besides he will no longer harm anyone, he may still be our friend. But for this, it is necessary to renounce our rights and rewards here, considering them as goods of the Eternal to be exchanged for spiritual riches insofar as we use them to widen our path before the neighbor (Prov. 18:16).
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