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  1. I am also going to echo jade, Do NOT go hiking in the middle of the summer months and in the middle of the day, out in the desert. As your body tries to cool itself through sweating, not only are you losing water, but also causing an electrolytes and salt unbalance which contributes to dehydration. Yes, your uncomfortable in states in which there is high temperatures and high humidity, but out in the desert where you have extremely high temperatures along with low humidity and direct sunlight it is deadly. Best times to go hiking is during the fall and spring months when the temperatures are not in the extremes. It is very important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps. A gallon of water is hardly adequate in hot weather. It’s good to track your personal water consumption need. Many sports drinks on the market effectively restore body fluids, electrolytes, and salt balance. Don’t ration your water. Water in the bottle doesn’t do you any good. It is a good idea to drink plenty of both water and electrolytes (sports drinks) available throughout the day, even if your not going hiking. Wear a wide brimmed hat or take an umbrella with you if you have to be out in direct sunlight. I also live out in the desert and in my area, there were 137 deaths last year in the hot summer months that resulted from heat illnesses.
  2. appy

    Hell

    This ascribes to humans an ability we do not have. Actually the bible does not give an exact location of hell, any place we think is the location is purely speculation, not fact. What the bible does describe is a place of judgment; that no one can escape from. Jesus never says where it is located, but does home in on the importance of avoiding going there. And how to avoid going there. Scripture explicitly says that hell was created for satan and the rebelling angels of his. God does not wish for us to experience his judgment. Yes, He is love; but He is absolutely Holy, pure and just; sin cannot exist in his presence. Nothing impure will be in heaven. And for this reason God gently encourages all peoples to turn from sin and seek him while we are alive on this earth; because after we die there is no second chance to be cleansed of the guilt of immorality.
  3. Anyone posting on a message board can not control how others are going to interpret a post or what they can or can not say in a post; that is the nature of message boards in general. It is also pretty much the nature of message boards for people to read between the lines, even though the author never intended for those reading to read between the lines. One can not keep threads from going down a different path than the original poster planned either. In regards to “ranbling post”. We can't know that your intention was to teach others how to read and interpret scripture. People make long and rambling posts all the time just asking a question or several questions in one long and enormous post. And it isn't always immediately known what was on the original poster's mind and heart, till several posts later. My opinion on this is that I think after creating a misleading post to make a point, it is unfair to then denounce other peoples posts for missing your point.
  4. What these “churches” and so called “pastor's” are doing is allowing the worlds standards take precedence over what God's word says. Christians are to influence the world, not the other way around. Just because the "world" declares a practice or behavior acceptable, does not mean that God, Himself will condone such actions. In Ezekiel 14, God basically is saying to Ezekiel that a person that comes to seek God's blessings but all the while in his / her heart they desire to continue in sinful behavior is the worst sort of lie. Because the person isn't really seeking to do God's will, but their own. The mistake that those who go along with this lie, is that they are trying to make Christianity more palatable to the tastes of unbeliever's. They are more concerned with the world's standards of morality and what will bring them praise and recognition from men instead of from God. God describes sin as nauseating. And this is what abomination means; nauseating or detestable. We human's do not get to say what is or is not sin. God is our creator and designer and it is HE who says what is and is not acceptable. The world at large, likes the idea of having a Christian's approval on sin; because then when God speaks to the world, it can then point the finger at Christians, saying... "they said it was ok". Thus hoping to avoid all accountability for their own sins. The person that entices another to sin, has a bigger problem than the person who was tempted. Psalm 119: 1 thru 3 (NIV) Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart they do no wrong but follow his ways. Psalm 119: 1 thru 3 (living bible, paraphrased) Happy are all who perfectly follow the laws of God. Happy are all who search for God and always do his will, rejecting compromise with evil and walking only in his paths.
  5. What a friend we have in Jesus is one of two old hymns that I heard as a young child.
  6. Make absolutely sure this is not gossip. If this has been witnessed by others, a united disapproval by all bible study attendee's as well as from members of the church he attends can provide enough punishment to bring on repentance and restoration. God is NOT through with him. If you have actually witnessed this person doing so. Use tact and grace when speaking to him. Your goal is NOT to condemn, but to help this person back onto the right road again. You do not want to be harder on him than you need to. Harsh words will be taken as an insult and condemnation. People who receive condemnation and mountains of guilt piled on them instead of a caring and gentle conversation that will expose the sin and a reminder of what scripture says about the wrong action; will be quick to quote the Matthew 7 passage. We absolutely are to judge the actions of others inside the church. But in doing so , it is critical to do it with politeness, tact and grace. Otherwise the person you are talking to can become bitter and discouraged and not able to recover. Your goal is to help this person come to repentance and restoration. You might bring up and remind him of the Romans 13 passage, which I have quoted below to start the conversation with. 1 Timothy 5 : 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 1 Timothy 5 : 1-2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Romans 13 : 1-2 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God. 2Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.…
  7. When asked what would happen to these students if you didn't do the work for them. Your reply was that they would fail. So they get to graduate now, but then down the road; they experience failure that is worse for them, than if they had simply failed a class. The cheating will cost them more in the long run than if they had failed a class. The joy one gets from cheating is very, very short lived. When one does the work themselves, they retain the information throughout their lifetime, plus they can proudly say with confidence, that they earned the degree and are confident that they are able to do the job well. And it will show. While a job looks good on paper, actual hands on tells the real story.
  8. Consider that 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 says Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own you were bought at a price. Possession implies ownership, but Christ has purchased us with his blood. And since Christ has purchased us, Satan cannot lay claim to a Christian. Christians belong to Jesus. John 14: 16, 17 tells us that the Holy Spirit is lives in us forever. possession implies ownership. Oppression is not the same as possession. Two different words, with two different meanings. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. Luke 11 : 21, 22 (NIV) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. Same verse paraphrased, “For when Satan, strong and fully armed, guards his palace, it is safe— until someone stronger and better armed attacks and overcomes him and strips him of his weapons and carries off his belongings. Jesus is greater and stronger than Satan. Jesus is the “someone stronger and better armed”. Jesus won the battle for us on the cross. God is sovereign and cannot be overpowered or plundered by Satan. We can say with confidence that Christ has already won the victory and no Christian can be "demon-possessed . Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross John 4: 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
  9. Other believers have felt the same way when going through the trials in this life. It isn't an unusual experience for a Christian to feel that God is far away. I do think it is a mistake to assume the person who feels God has abandoned them that they have sinned or that there is sin in their life and therefore the reason for the feeling. The original poster may simply be going through a difficult time in his / her life and wondering where God is in all of it. This reminds me of the poem “footprints in the sand” One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me." He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."
  10. My reply is based on the above quote When a person confesses their sins to the Lord and puts their faith and trust in Jesus to save them, and cleanse them of all unrighteousness. God's word tells us He will indeed cleanse us of all unrighteousness. At that moment the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to stay and be with us always. Since the Holy Spirit resides in a Christian, Satan cannot possess a Christian. One of Satan's tricks is to convince us that we messed up somehow and God has abandoned us. God assures us and promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us. God is not done with you. Feelings that God has forsaken us come from Satan who is our adversary. He is always trying to drive a wedge between us and God and one of his tricks is to convince you that your a loser and God is done through self condemnation. God will NEVER tell us to sin or tempt us to sin. He will NEVER lie to us. He will never tell you, that you are a loser. That kind of thinking comes from Satan Greater is He (God) who is in me, than he (Satan) that is in the world. 2 Corinthians 1 : 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Mathew 28 : 20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." As to the church your attending, I agree that seeking another church to attend is a good idea.
  11. There aren't any scriptures that say you can't have any alcoholic beverages, what scriptures do say, is don't drink so much that you become drunk. Too much alcohol, dulls the senses.
  12. Maryjayne talking about Jacobs son's Simeon and Levi
  13. In the previous chapter, Jacob had bought from them a plot of ground from the Hivites. If there was any ill will between the two, I don't think that a king and his son would leave the city to meet with Jacob and Jacobs sons, plus an army of Jacobs male servants by themselves without bringing with them an army of men from the city for protection. The two went alone. What consensual union? There was nothing consensual about it. Shechem flat out raped Dinah. The incident of Shechem's scheme had to do with Jacob's vast wealth. Jacob had vast amounts of sheep, goats, camels, cows, donkey's and servants. And the Hivites saw all that Jacob had and wanted all of it for themselves. The Hivites thought they could force Jacob to stay in the land, through marriage and thus gain for themselves all of Jacob's wealth. Genesis 34:2 (NIV) When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. (ESV) And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her. (NASB) When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force. (KJV) And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. (HCSB) When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, a prince of the region, saw her, he took her and raped her.
  14. First I want to address remarks by pinacled No one is required to read every post or even every thread on a message board before posting anything. A lot of folks do not have time to do so. Asking for clarification is certainly permissible and sometimes necessary in a discussion. People are allowed to post as they please as long as the posts themselves do not violate the terms of service. If there is something amiss, the forum mods will take care of it. In the story of Dinah and Shechem, we need to look a lot closer at Shechem's and Hamor's scheme. She was the daughter of Jacob a very wealthy man. The Hivites had much to gain wealth wise through an acquisition of Jacob's daughter. The Hivites, thought that Jacob and his son's weren't likely to consent to giving her to the them, Shechem defiles Dinah thinking that since she is now defiled and simply a financial pawn, her family won't take her back and not likely to say no to the marriage proposal. Hamor and his son wasn't really interested in Dinah, but her families wealth. As you read through the story, Dinah's brother's weren't about to let the Hivites have their sister irregardless of the defilement. She did not have to live with her rapist. What upset and worried Jacob was the method in which they chose to avenge their sister. Of how that would look to the neighboring communities. Genesis 34:23 Won't their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us." As to maryjaynes question It needs to be understood that Naomi's husband and two son's died while in the land of Moab. Naomi, had no choice but to go back to the town of Bethlehem since she had no one to care for her. Was a matter of survival. The one daughter in law, went back to her parents home. Ruth however, felt it necessary and very important to stay with her mother in law, Naomi. Scripture says there were others out in the field as well, so she was NOT alone while gleaning. Ruth 2:9, 10 So Boaz said to Ruth, "My daughter, listen to me. Don't go and glean in another field and don't go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women.
  15. A marriage certificate is NOT a contract...it is simply a recorded documentation that two people are married. A marriage certificate is proof that the ceremony occurred and was performed by a person authorized to do so.
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