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  1. Guns or security guards in churches

    Those are for when the deer and other wildlife start shooting back . . . or zombies. It's gonna be an interesting day either way!
  2. This year's "Christmas is Satanic" debate

    There's an old saying, "Nature abhors a vacuum." The same can be said for the humans. I learned this from quitting smoking and a few other bad habits: there must be a replacement for whatever a person is trying to get out of their life. This is true whether its holidays or a bad habit. That's why the missionaries replaced the old holidays with new ones - the fellowships helps to strengthen believers.
  3. And the lunacy grows

    So, are you saying you're related to the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
  4. This year's "Christmas is Satanic" debate

    I always wondered about that song. There was nothing "wonderful" about working on Christmas day outside in a snowstorm on a 12 hour shift. Frostbite could be a problem, but the "frost nibble" would drive you nuts when your finger got stiff enough holding on to a screwdriver was a problem. After I got out of the Air Force I decided the only place I wanted to see ice and snow was on the weather channel! Come to think of it, the rampant consumerism might come in handy this year. I'm in the market for some furniture so some good prices that might be considered "wonderful" but I'm not all that excited about buying furniture.
  5. This year's "Christmas is Satanic" debate

    I used to call it the annual "Christmas is Evil" thread, and yeah, I'm kind of surprised someone hasn't started one yet. Thanksgiving is next week!
  6. Hope you have a good birthday today. All the best for the year ahead. Blessings. :)


  7. Found this article on Desiring God.org and thought I'd share it: Don't Be That Guy - 30 No's in Paul's Letters
  8. Guns or security guards in churches

    That reminds me of an old saying: The man had a point. (And, yes, this was posted tongue and cheek!)
  9. Money

    Short version: No. Money is not the answer to all things. Money is a tool, nothing more. Though it can become a dangerous idol in our hearts if we focus on it too much and forget the Lord who gives it. There's also the verses in Proverbs . . . (Proverbs 30:7-10) Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. -Agur
  10. Guns or security guards in churches

    So how do you reconcile that with what happened in Nehemiah 4? The wall builders were armed and ready to defend themselves. Bottom line is: One armed person who knew how to react could have saved some lives.
  11. Guns or security guards in churches

    That sounds like the same thing our church did several years ago. We're a small church also, with much less than 100 folks on Sunday, but we came up with a contingency plan anyway. It does sound a bit like Nehemiah's day to some degree, now that I think about it.
  12. Anyone who shouts 'Allahu Akbar' will be shot

    Its awfully quiet outside tonight. I can hear the sound of the PC crowd's head exploding at the mere mention of this.
  13. It was a joke, friend. Sometimes, its necessary to call out massive, weapons-grade stupid for what it is. People used to have more sense that this, but its what happens when a nation (or a good chunk of its population) turns away from God. The republicans didn't cause that shooting. A fallen human being did - and it could have been any one of us doing something like that - except for the grace of God.
  14. Yes, I got that from either my uncle or grandfather when I was a kid - and I'm "old" now, so I guess I'm dating my self with that a bit.
  15. I was thinking that they've got 2 brain cells among them . . . ones lost and the other left to go look for it. Just sayin'.