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  1. Hello! There are some free hosts for forums around. I'd encourage looking around at the options and seeing if any of them match what you're looking for. If not, getting it all set up on a host elsewhere is a more complicated process. If you'd like the forum to have its own fancy website name you'd need to register a domain name somewhere. I've used GoDaddy in the past and didn't have any problems with them, but it was about a decade ago so things may have changed. There's going to be a monthly fee for that, but it's not too bad. Aside from that you'll also need to have the forum hosted somewhere. I'd personally recommend a virtual private server (VPS). There are quite a few providers out there with both Linux and Windows server options, and some of them have options to install forum and blogging software. It doesn't take a whole lot to get a forum up and running so you could definitely get away with using some of the cheaper VPS options. A low end Linux based VPS could be 8 US dollars a month, if not cheaper, so the monthly cost would be that and whatever the price of the domain registration is.
  2. I'm completely behind this. I hope we see him here again.
  3. I find that particular song very relevant to today. I grew up attending a lot of churches that were primarily operated and populated by older people, and I'm getting older myself. Heresies and false doctrines are almost as old as religion itself, but some of the things I've seen being called Christianity today are equal parts baffling and horrifying. I'd take an old traditional church over some of the things being taught today any day.
  4. Welcome to Worthy! Hope you're blessed by your stay here.
  5. I'd reverse the way you're looking at it. When someone makes claims about a matter of spirituality the burden of proof is on them. Catholics claim Purgatory exists so therefore it's the school's job to prove it to you. IMO as a student in a school you're not going to get a lot of headway in trying to persuade teachers, but you're certainly welcome to try. The important thing is that you sit tight through it all and hang on tightly to scripturally sound doctrine. With that out of the way...! Look at some of the parables of Jesus. Springing to mind offhand are the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:24-30), the parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31–46). The language of both parables indicates that people will be in one of two conditions, saved or unsaved. Nothing indicates that there could be a third condition (purgatory). Additionally the parable of the sheep and the goats uses a very important word in describing those two states: eternal.
  6. I've heard these statistics before as well. It's very encouraging to hear of, but remember that they're also facing a lot of persecution.
  7. I honestly just interpret it as a humorous quote that has a grain of truth to it. Einstein was a pretty smart guy in a lot of respects. I'm pretty sure he understood that actual insanity is a complicated thing that can manifest in many different ways, thus the likelihood that he never meant for it to be taken seriously.
  8. What type of computer and operating system are you using? Are all of the mice new?
  9. You're right that there's no prohibition against eating meat, but the Bible does speak about the treatment of animals. Proverbs 12:10 is very relevant. "Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel." The sort of thing you read about in articles about bad practices going on in slaughterhouses is evidence that there's a lot of wickedness in the world, especially in our big business. Go back further in the Old Testament and you'll find some very specific instructions for animal slaughter. It's designed to be quick, and even the quality of the knife is important. If the blade wasn't perfect it couldn't be used. I imagine that was to prevent the animal from suffering more than it had to as much as it was for our physical and mental health. The Bible makes it a point to tell us that the things that go on in our hearts and occupy our thoughts matter. The things we're exposed to contribute to what's on our minds. Frequent, large scale exposure to any sort of death isn't going to do anyone's health any favors.
  10. My sympathies and prayers for what you're going through. It's really heartbreaking. I think you've got a good plan for the place. It might be a good idea to make a record of useful notes about the land and livestock. Knowledge of how to live off the land isn't as widespread as it used to be. Making sure a young family has some of the basics down could make all the difference for them.
  11. You've recognized that the explore feed brings it to the forefront, so cutting that out seems in order. It's in the spirit of what Jesus said in Matthew 5:29: "If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell." If you stop looking at a feed that stirs up those feelings you're doing just what Jesus said to do. Aside from that it could be beneficial to analyze why you have those thoughts. Is it lust? Is it because of the money they make doing commissions? Something more? Just being rhetorical here. There's no need to answer that here. It's just that if you can identify and address the underlying source of the feelings it can be a useful tool in dealing with the problem along with prayer. Finally there's Romans 12:2 to keep in mind. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." What we see and experience affects us, sometimes quickly and profoundly, but often it's a more slow and gradual event. We can't always control what we experience, but what we can control, we should. Take in the things that help us focus on Christ and cut out the things that entice us to sin.
  12. I live about an hour away from where that happened. Tackling your first question, no. I don't believe it would be sinful to do that. Churches are for believers to worship God, give and receive spiritual instruction, support each other, and act as a place of outreach to the local community. You can get that without walking into an actual church building. Home churches were fine back in the days of the early church. I was pretty shocked when I was first exposed to it, but there are some notions of Christianity being practiced today that are really, really off in the name of being politically correct. As that trend grows I think we'll see more and more actual Christians forsaking church buildings in favor of house and online churches. I'm a little undecided on the rest of it.
  13. I find it to be a good idea to practice being thankful as often as you can, even for little things like finding those keys you misplaced. In retrospect a lot of my trying times and disappointments were better for me in the long run. Keeping that in mind can help take the edge off of future hardships.
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