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  1. Found this on the Reuters Graphics website. The article gives a good representation of the sheer size of the burned areas, and they are much larger than the biggest fires in California. Couldn't copy and pasted due to the size of the article, so here's the link. Sizing up Australia’s Bushfires
  2. I'll have a go. Its more of a human (mostly American) Christian thing in my experience. I get that kind of thing at my church from time to time as a long time single person. Its not as overt as it once was because I've been honest about the fact I'm not looking for a wife any longer. The Lord wants to put that together, that's fine, but I'm not banging my head on that wall any longer. I gently reminded someone of that just last week in fact. I got the opposite treatment from your list in a few churches I visited in the US off and on over the years when I was in the military or after when I traveled a lot. Sometimes I got treated as a possible threat (by that insecure boyfriend/husband/father) because they thought I might be after their wife/girlfriend/daughter. Sometimes the suspicion was from the mother's side too. Those were one time things because I never visited those churches again. At one point I had a notebook to keep track of places never to go again. Real life can be stranger than fiction, folks. I didn't get that sort of thing as much when I lived in the UK and Europe, perhaps because I was not a local. Most folks are used to people coming in to work because of their job, then the company moves them somewhere else (in the electronics industry at the time.) There was a bit of maneuvering from time to time from one or two "match maker" ladies but it was not up in your face blatant. Some of it was rather amusing too since it was usually the ladies that were on the hunt. Overall most folks left you alone about matchmaking.
  3. Having the money for a rig like that would be a nice first world problem to have. Just sayin'. The motor home looks like its built on a tractor chassis, so its likely a diesel power train and would be reasonably efficient moving that depending on how much it weighs. (Max weight for a semi is 80,000 pounds for the rig, fuel, and load.) You'd probably get something like 5-10 mpg depending on speed and terrain. (A semi tractor can carry around 200-300 gallons of fuel - the math for a fill up would be scary.) An average car can go around 400 miles between fills on the highway, so you're right - a fill up would not be cheap. That rig would be a step up from the 1973 Super Beetle I drove from Alexandria, LA to Spokane, WA one summer with my backpacking gear in the back seat!
  4. Joseph seems to have told the steward (who was likely not a Hebrew) to say that to his brothers looking at the context. Gen 44:1-6 is below: (Emphasis mine)t The context shows that Joseph told the steward what to say to his brothers, who did not recognize Joseph at this point in the story. Joseph told the steward to say those words. Why? Scripture doesn't say, but I would guess it was not an unusual thing for an Egyptian official to say since divination was common in that part of the near east at that time. It would have also made the "theft" seem more serious, but it doesn't mean Joseph was actually using that cup for divination.
  5. I've found the work of pack rats several times over the years. Usually in the engine bay of vehicles that have sat for awhile or on top of the spare tire when its stored underneath the back of the truck or SUV. Quite a surprise when trying to change a flat . . .
  6. Seems a good place to add a point or two here: I've run into new believers in Christ who were given a KJV and couldn't read it and their walk with Christ suffered because of that - until they found out about newer translations (ESV, NKJV, NASB, etc.) that use modern English. I know from personal experience that trying to read a KJV without prior exposure to it is like trying to read a newspaper in a foreign language. KJV was all that was available in our home - so I had to read that and have a dictionary handy . . . at least until we started on Shakespeare in school . . . Before anyone freaks out: I'm not saying the KJV is bad. I'm saying modern folks (especially new believers!) usually need to get their feet on the ground first. The "best" Bible translation is one that someone can read and understand. The Lord will lead them from there.
  7. Same thing as most years. I'll either be volunteering at one of the homeless shelters in the area or serving at a couple of recovery groups I belong to. Plenty of ways to serve the Lord over the holidays.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. You forgot: "There is no snooze bar on a hungry cat at 4am!"
  12. 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.
  13. "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.
  14. 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.
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