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About walla299

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  1. 1. Don't get mad at God when really bad things happen in a fallen world. That would have saved a lot of self-inflicted suffering over the years. 2. A list of stocks to buy and hold for the long term. Do not sell them for any reason until after a certain year. (Time travel is supposed to be impossible, but you never know! ) 3. Don't buy that '68 red Ford pickup no matter how good it looks.
  2. I'll bet they take away all your carbon credits if you don't fall in with the party line. On the other hand: just another set piece being set up for the end of the show and Christ's return.
  3. I'll have a go. First: The Bible nowhere condemns alcohol as being sinful, evil, etc. Intoxication, though, is roundly condemned in scripture. There's a message there. Getting to a point where you are filled (controlled) by something instead of the Holy Spirit is off limits for the believer. Second: I can have a good restaurant dinner and wash it all down with a beer or some wine and not be drunk/intoxicated or otherwise out of control. I cannot do that with marijuana . . . Third: I'm a druggie that Jesus cleaned up. I my experience getting high, loaded, fried, wasted, intoxicated, etc. was the only reason most if not all the folks I partied with used marijuana. The "high" was the whole point. Now, don't any one freak out just yet . . . Fourth: Now that many states have Medical Marijuana legalized there has been some research to show the stuff may have some uses in helping to relieve suffering for many patients. I'm all for something that's going to help folks in a medical setting, but I won't go anywhere near it for recreational use. Why? It took around 3-6 months for my mind to get back to something more normal after all the drugs I had been doing. That takes time. In 16 years of sobriety I find I like being of sound mind and not all scrambled and loopy. Jesus took care of all the stuff I was trying to run away from. It makes life a lot easier when I can make right decisions based on God's Word and not my own drug addled "wisdom." That's my experience, anyway.
  4. You forgot: "There is no snooze bar on a hungry cat at 4am!"
  5. I hear that. Some relatives from cold country asked my how I was dealing with the heat on Skype. I told them it was 112 outside and a comfortable 80 inside, so the heat of the day wasn't a problem. The look on their face? Priceless.
  6. "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." - 1 Cor 6:12 I think Paul explained all that pretty well. There are things that the Bible does not mention, like caffeine and nicotine, but alcohol is mentioned - but not condemned. Drunkenness is roundly condemned. Whether caffeine and nicotine are sin or not is between the individual and God - if He wants someone to stop, they'll stop. I'm not the Holy Spirit (that position has been filled for some time, I hear,) so I'll leave all that in His capable hands.
  7. Nothing. I live in the desert southwest so the high summer temps are normal this time of year. I do things the same way I always do: get up early and get the errands, car maintenance, etc. out of the way before it gets really hot, and spend the hot part of the day inside, then possibly come outside in the evening like the rest of the desert critters.
  8. I'm not sure, but it gets better . . . the metal spiked shoes provide and even better ground and the golf club seems like it would make a good lightning rod. Haven't heard of anyone getting struck in awhile though.
  9. I live in the Phoenix area in AZ and I've seen some really psycho golfers on the links while its a toasty 115 degrees. . . not something you'll ever catch me doing. I've also seen said crazy golfers still on the links in a thunderstorm with lightning flashing around . . . amazing.
  10. I've read the thread. Still doesn't mean a new thread can't be started. I see . . . interesting. Still doesn't mean we have to continue down this rabbit trail.
  11. Going to agree here. Please stick to the subject - or feel free to start another thread.
  12. I've been told that getting a tattoo is a painful process and its not cheap by some friends that have them. Several have had neck or face tatts removed due to problems getting work or the images themselves - and the pain of removal is worse. Oh, yeah, and you get to pay more money for the removal too! Infections can happen any time you're doing something that breaks the skin . . . but that was likely a severe (possibly drug resistant) case in the pic. I admit that I have seen some very good artwork in some tattoos, but I don't think I'll get one myself partly because I can't spend the money on one in good conscience. I am also not the Holy Spirit, so I will allow others the freedom to decide for themselves to get one or not.
  13. I'll bring the salsa and tortilla chips . . .
  14. Yep. I had a year and a half of hunting for churches until I was so disgusted with the "Church-ianity" in my area that I was about to quit looking. I was so sick of wasting my time that I almost reached that point of, "Enough of this, I'm done." The last church on the list was the one. Tiny. "Hole in the wall." The exact opposite of what many modern churches display. Showed up on a mountain bike wearing shorts and t-shirt for 10:30am Sunday worship and it was already 95 degrees outside - after the six mile bike ride to get there. They treated me like a human being and didn't seem to notice what I was wearing.
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