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Willa last won the day on March 23 2015

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  1. Some people can have scruples based on cultural training or tradition. Perhaps it is an overactive conscience. For instance my parents and I had a lot of family fun playing pinochle. My conscience did not condemn me, we were not gambling, it never even occurred to me that anyone could think it was not good. But my pastor scorned me, acted repulsed and self righteously walked off in a disgusted huff when I told him I was sleepy because we had been playing pinnacle the night before I was baptized. So when people today look down on me for doing it, I always compare them with that pastor and think a little less of their judgement. There is nothing in the Bible against it. But according to their scruples I sinned. God tells me that He is their judge and they answer to Him, and that I should make allowances for their weaker conscience. But that is meat sacrifice to idols, matters addressed in Scripture. These are games not addressed by Scripture but are judged solely by the traditions of men. So I will not ask them to play pinnacle or cribbage, or even rummy with me but will try to respect their scruples, like trying to respect the muslim culture of women wearing their faces covered in public, not driving and sitting in the back of busses.
  2. When Jesus used the word salt He was speaking of flavoring in food, and that we also should add flavoring to our society. I don't know why your pastor should want you to pray against evil spirits in your house unless people are being attacked by the enemy there. Sometimes if a house has been used for evil purposes we should cleanse it of any reference to its past and dedicate it to the Lord. All things used for sorcery, any idols, or any unclean thing should be removed, especially because they may cause a weaker brother to stumble.
  3. Sin

    The verb tenses in 1 John regarding sin are not accurately translated into English. There are some Greek word forms that have no English equivalent. 1Jn 3:2 English Standard Version" Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1Jn 3:3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1Jn 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 1Jn 3:5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 1Jn 3:6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 1Jn 3:6 Amplified Version: No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him—deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him]. 1Jn 3:4 Textus Receptus LITV Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 1Jn 3:5 And you know that that One was revealed that He might take away our sins, and sin is not in Him. 1Jn 3:6 Everyone remaining in Him does not sin. Everyone sinning has not seen Him, nor known Him. 1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no one lead you astray; the onepracticing righteousness is righteous, even as that One is righteous. 1Jn 3:8 The one practicing sin is of the devil, because the devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of God was revealed, that He might undo the works of the devil. 1Jn 3:4 WUEST (4-8) Everyone who habitually commits sin, also habitually commits lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. And you know absolutely that that One was manifested in order that He might take away our sins; and sin in Him does not exist. Everyone who in Him is constantly abiding is not habitually sinning. Everyone who is constantly sinning has not with discernment seen Him, nor has he known Him, with the result that that condition is true of him at present. Little born-ones, stop allowing anyone to be leading you astray. The one who habitually does righteousness is righteous, just as that One is righteous. The one who is habitually committing sin is out of the devil as a source, because from the beginning the devil has been sinning. For this purpose there was manifested the Son of God, in order that He might bring to naught the works of the devil. These verses have not "watered down" sin as I have heard some say. They have captured the original Greek word more correctly and accurately. This is true of both Textus Receptus, the Byzantine Majority texts, and the alexandrian texts. No difference in this respect. KJV and most Bibles have done a very poor job of translating words that have no direct English translation, as to tense especially. This is one more reason why I don't prefer KJV. Php 3:9 ESV and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— Php 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Php 3:11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Php 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Php 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Mature and perfect are both good translations of the same Greek word. Being made perfect is in fact the process of maturing as Christians, of being conformed to the likeness of Christ. No one has arrived at the perfection of God the Christ. But we keep pressing on toward that goal. Not even Paul considered himself to have attained the perfection of Christ.
  4. Ok, I am female and cannot read my own handwriting. Also, to walk in the Spirit is once step of obedience at a time, like a treasure hunt.
  5. 1Jo 2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
  6. Thank you shel. You all are a blessing to me. My dad's hair was white when I was born. And a sense of humor goes a long way to help me keep on top of it all as well, Lady. But I was just not up to going to the Skillet concert with grandkids last week. Not fond of rap. Don't want to sit on those hard boards or stand in bleachers. Already destroyed my hearing at Christian rock concerts. No thank you about keeping up with the grandkids. So I am through with growing old disgracefully. No more head banging. I already have neck problems from keeping up with our kids, which was fun. I guess it is time I acted my age. lol By the way, I miss Worthy's poking her nose in on the thread. She is a fascinating person and I really like her. Miss Morning Glory as well, but she visits on animal thread more often.
  7. Told you I could understand eNoobian. lol
  8. Humm. When my grandmother turned 75 my cousin and I decided to take her out to dinner. We sat down at our table and my less than tactful cousin asked "Grandma, how does it feel to be 3/4 of a century old? Sometimes we don't realize how old some people can inadvertently make a person feel. When I learn a friend's husband is only a couple of years older than my son, It suddenly makes me feel very old. He says that you are only as old as you feel. So I feel old! Another friend commented that we have only been married a few years less than her parents. Again I feel the generation gap. Yes, they don't mean to do so. But it still comes as a shock to learn that I old enough that I could have been my friend's parent. Normally I don't think about age differences. People are just people to me, and I especially treasure those who know the Lord. The problem is increased by physical limitations. So it is nice to find others my own age who also have physical limitations and are facing problems other people face at my age. A few are out there. Most of the people here at Worthy are such a blessing to know, young and old, even those the ages of my grandchildren. It gives me such hope to know that people of true faith will carry on into future generations.
  9. I have seen deer gather around a dead comrade by the road side. Elephants grieve a lost relative as well. Even coyote sibling pups grieved a dead one by the road. A stupid squirrel was chattering at one that lay dead in the road. Many animals are highly intelligent, more so in we are in some areas that we don't consider. Many have emotions and suffer loss. Our male Boston Terrier grieved for weeks for his mother, and went into a depression that was not helped by medication. Finally the vet said that he was lonely--get him a companion. So we got a male Lhassa Alpso pup that was very compassionate but not too smart. He was named Cujo by our son who had asked for a Rottie. So I brought home a bumble brained but loving rag mop. When our Boston became deaf, he would bark in his ear to let him know where he was. Probably why he went deaf.
  10. When Fox News did a survey of New Yorkers of Islamic profession by Waters World, about 8 of 10 wanted Sharia law while only two preferred our constitutional law. As long as immigrants what Sharia law, they are our enemy. As long as liberals want to replace our constitution, they are the enemy of the state as well.
  11. Since the pope urged muslims and Christians to pray together this trend has been on the increase, especially in the Church of England, then in the big Episcopal ? church in WA DC, and now the Presbyterians. Believing Methodists have been leaving that denomination for years due to its liberal leaning. Watch it happen now in the Presbyterian Church. Apostate churches. And people as why there are so many churches and church splits. Sometimes it is best to leave than to sin.
  12. Praying for God's perfect will for your life in your career, and that He protect you, guide you and give you His wisdom. In Jesus Name, Amen. Welcome to Worthy, Willa
  13. Welcome to Worthy, gem. It always interests me that some of the gemstones considered valuable to the Hebrews are in lower esteem today. Thankfully God still treasures us as His redeemed children. Blessings, Willa
  14. Welcome, Lucian. We enjoy the fellowship shared by all Christians who are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.
  15. The only thing I disagree with is that God's covering of Adam of Eve did matter. It cost life and the shedding of blood to cover their sin. So God's covering was prophetic of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, His life and His blood shed for our sin. We can't do it by our own provision or effort. Only God can cover or be the propitiation for our sin. Different cultures have a different ideas of modesty. Some consider a woman's ankles to to tempting. Some think seeing her face is tempting. Personally, I could care less about whether a man's chest or legs or arms are are exposed; except that he could get a nasty sunburn. But I do believe that a woman should loosely cover herself from collar bones to knees. That constitutes modesty in my own mind. Tight clothing and see through stuff are also immodest. But I leave it to each person to listen to God and refuse to stand in judgement of others. And I refuse to be caught up in the dispute. Godly love covers a multitude of sins.