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  1. When does the Biblical month begin?

    Daniel 12:11–12 (NASB95) 11 “From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 “How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days! Verse 11 measuring back from the end [i.e. THE END] Verse 12 measuring from the beginning (of the 70th Week of Daniel) both of which center on the same (future) historic event... the abating of temple sacrifice. This tells us that we cannot know the day or the hour of even the beginning of this 7 year period until we can back date it from the aforementioned abatement. And those who figure this out / believe the scripture passage to be true will be few in number and generally in deep cover hiding for their lives.
  2. How do you view Autism?

    Asperger's (a form of Autism) . Nephew and niece in same family of four kids. God knew what he was doing giving them to my brother Jim (one of the more caring people I have ever met). A malady, product of fallen human nature in a fallen sin world which can be over come by patience, kindness, love, and most of all Grace. Along with the millions of other maladies that mankind faces.
  3. When does the Biblical month begin?

    When does the month begin? About the time the finances run out.
  4. Giving it to God

    We all have weaknesses. One of those weaknesses is trusting God. I know how this must sound, like I am joining the crowd of people who stress "you don't have enough faith, ya gotta have more faith..." but I am not. I am rather pointing out a weakness we all have. And if we allow it, it can devolve into full blown anxiety. Anxiety, panic attack, etc. are pretty common (judging by the number of entries in the Logos Bible software search engine). Wow. Even I am surprised. I wish I had looked this word up back when I was prone to panic attacks. But the pinnacle verse is: 1 Peter 5:7 (NASB95) 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. It's easy to misread God's intentions say, by the Old Testament / Law of Moses... holding humanity eternally accountable for every careless word or thought. But this was to force humanity from the Law to Grace. I remember in my Shellback initiation in the Navy at the end of a day of confessing "I'm a slimy pollywog," they asked in a dunking pool "What are you?!" Until you said you were a Shellback they dunked you in the slimy pool. With some it took a few dunks to get them to stop calling themselves slimy pollywogs. And I guess that analogy can apply to Christians who are Shellbacks in Christ but tend to perceive of ourselves as slimy pollywogs in many ways. And in a sense that is clinging to the Law rather than letting God and trusting God... even though he has shown us time after time after time he loves us and forgives us and wants us to get past whatever we allow to hold us back. Make sense? Your ailment is bad. All ailments are. But we all have them in some form or other (the world we live in is evil and our bodies and natures are evil). God makes up for the difference in all things. We have to trust him that he is. And that is hard as we like to have control or assurances other than trust. Closest we can get to that kind of assurance is reading the scriptures under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise the world (and we ourselves) tell us how miserable we are and put upon and everything imaginable to make us worry, upset, fearful, anxious, panicky. Confessing your sins (to God alone btw Psalm 51:4) is realigning yourself with the ongoing, uninterrupted forgiveness we already have in Christ Jesus (1 John 1:9 taking the Greek tenses into account). So if that is your concern... read it in context (1 John 1:5 - 1 John 2:17) and read it again and again and again unpacking what it says and means. And remember, when you use the right perspective, you see that God has never been a vindictive tyrant like most make him out to be but a loving Savior whose every action and thought has been to save people since the very beginning. He has more than earned our full trust! Rest in that trust. Rest in that peace. The true shalom.
  5. I might be getting through...

    Thank you.
  6. LOL. We are in a fallen world with sin natures that feed on flesh (so to speak). On the one hand we want to look and lust (or show and be lusted after). On the other hand (our spirit) this is poison to us. For this and many many other reasons this world is going to burn. So obsessing over it will do no one any good. Ours is to be the evangelical rescuers that clear the planet of as many eternal survivors as we can. And yeah, we'll get a lot of the muck of this world on us in the process. But that's what 1 John 1:9 is about.
  7. Actually this is spot on. Luke 16:19-31 / Ephesians 4:8-10 / 2 Corinthians 5:8 / Revelation 20:10-15. It all adds up. Take the Word of God over any of mankind's teaching. Acts 17:11. Deuteronomy 29:29. Proverbs 25:2. Heed God's warning about his Word in the Law (Deuteronomy 12:32) the Writings (Proverbs 30:5-6) the Prophets (Revelation 22:18-19).
  8. I miss the '80s

    Looking far back is far less depressing than looking short forward. We just adopted a kitten that may well out live us both. It goes by so fast. And no I don't believe God is lamenting our lack of anticipating heaven from time to time. God is love. God is practical.
  9. I might be getting through...

    Thank you for your prayers! What I wrote was well received and very much liked. Time will tell. The Lord's will be done! If he is in it, it can't be stopped. If he is not, then it would be best if it did not proceed. As of now, nothing will happen before possibly reviewing how I will polish the story in the meantime. God bless!
  10. I might be getting through...

    Thank you! Please continue to pray. This is definitely not heavenly domain. So I need all the prayer I can get!!! Hopefully folks like myself can get it back to middle ground (where faith and values are not out of the question in the entertainment industry). I'd love to see good Christian movies and TV programming (with the Bible as the authority and not man). If the Lord tarries, I believe this can be achieved!!!
  11. Please continue to pray for my efforts to break into the Hollywood medium. In some small way I believe Christians can unite in league in that despicable industry and return it to much cleaner values. Many are already there, they are just few and far between because of the opponents to God and morality. Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo and his wife (whose name escapes me now), Patricia Heaton, and so on. Please pray for them and those I've not listed as well. These opportunities of interest are subject to quick reversals but I believe where God closes a door there might be a window. IF this is indeed what HE wants. Many times I have been on the verge of scrapping this whole idea but the Holy Spirit urges me on in ways that I will not explain here (to avoid debate) that have sincerely convinced and convicted me. Thank you!
  12. Looking for some opinions

    God is Triune / Trinity. Man is tripartite. Colossians 2:9 indicates each (herein, Jesus specifically) is fully God. Not totally God or the totality of God (because in context of the Bible each is an individual and plays unique roles in the salvation of man). Each coexists with the others, speaks to the others (sends the others etc.). Man, while threefold in nature does not have this individual distinction between the three. Each are not fully man. Each are only part of man. But each part must be considered in the determination of where and in what form each spends the after life and for how long. At the risk of derailing the discussion (and I hope it does not), the afterlife is and isn't what we traditionally believed or imagined. We will be bodily resurrected (Romans 8:23). But does that mean our exact precise body? The physical body is in perpetual change mode. Growing, dividing cells, eating and excrementing, in the process of it all the time. Which is necessary to exist in this environment. Otherwise the oxygen in the air alone would burn us alive. So to be raised in the exact body you died in IMHO isn't going to happen. If we are alive when Jesus returns, we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51). The mortal will put on the immortal the sinful will put on the sinless. We will be able to be in the direct presence of God. But is that all? I mean... we will have bodies like his resurrected body (1 John 3:2). But will that be a souped up form of the atoms and molecules at a particular age, state, phase in this life? Remember, there was some aspect about Jesus that was unrecognizable though he bore the scars of crucifixion. It is sown as a natural BODY it is raised as a spiritual BODY (1 Corinthians 15:44). In death part of us ceases to function and appears to sleep as it begins to decompose (our body). The life-giving spirit within is gone. Gone with it also is the buffer between the two realities (our soul) which ceases to exist. The spirit lives on. The rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) has no sleep or break of consciousness between life and death, and since the cross believers go directly in spirit to the presence of the Lord in death (2 Corinthians 5). So all three biblical descriptions of the after life are solved when you properly apply the tripartite nature of man to them.
  13. Can We Really Live As We Please?

    1 Corinthians 6:12 / 10:23 essentially indicates you cannot lose your salvation by sinning. Once you are truly saved you cannot lose your salvation. But that's another discussion entirely. You will not in this and other passages by the 1st Century theologian / Law of Moses scholar the Apostle Paul that he also warns of addiction / enslavement / consequences in THIS life. I find myself growing further away from the old mind set that going to Church every time the doors open, volunteering for all the Church business "ministries" speaking Christianese, freaking out every time someone is not on the holier than thou setting I am on at the time, and ignoring the great commission as most believers do... is NOT what we are here for. God would do himself and us a service by rather rapturing us out as we convert to faith in his Son. God wants us to infiltrate and occupy and infest (if you will) all aspects of the world as his agents. Overtly or covertly as HE deems necessary until we are called upon to speak out stand up teach and preach Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and to each and every generation and each and every class and race and religion and creed and perversion / sin class of humanity until Christ returns. Otherwise we are NOT doing what he left us here for. Playing country club Church is not the salt and light leaching out into the dark and putrefying world, but rather putting our lamp under a bowl or a bed and casting our salt on dung heaps. If we did this even 1/2 the time we wouldn't have the time or energy to "live as we please."
  14. Looking for some opinions

    1. Opinions are a dime a dozen. 2. Bible info is the only truth about Heaven and how to get there (faith alone in Christ alone) and how we get there (in what form). 3. The dead (bodies) sleep until the coming of Jesus. And they actually decay after the short period of what appears to be sleep. Absent from the body / present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5). He's in heaven right now. a) absent from the body meaning disembodied spirit. b) The saints will return with Christ when he comes (Jude 6) and their bodies will rise first in that resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4). Your grandmother is presently in heaven with Jesus in her spirit. We are body soul and spirit beings (1 Thessalonians 5:23) The confusion / error about our state after death comes from considering only one aspect of our personal make up.