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Omegaman 3.0

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    Sailing on dry land, photography, artistic painting, decorative concrete, craftmanship in all things, things with motors, working with my hands, Worthy Ministries, the church I attend, my friends and family, the church universal, Bible study, fossils, marine aquariums, computers, building websites, politics a little, but especially my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, Creator of the universe. These are a few of my favorite things. I enjoy free will, and what I believe about it is:

    You are free to choose to do what you want to do,
    but you are not free to choose what it is, that you want to do,
    nor are you necessarily able, to do what you choose to do!

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  1. I was going to take some pics to share with someone, mostly so they could get an idea of proportions, etc. and save me a lot of descriptive typing. I decided, I could share the pictures here, then others could see also. This is going to be a picture heavy post, if you have a slow connection, you might want to skip this one. Edit: I should add, that when I am not feeling too lazy, I add some chopped onion and cilantro to this, if I am not adding fresh salsa that already has those in it.
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    Pressure cooker

    Ah, Hi Pencil, this is not just a pressure cooker, it is a multi-cooker, I started a category here, for just such devices, one of the other tabs.
  3. Or maybe chocolate cottage cheese or yogurt!
  4. No, I simply was asking, why do you go to all this trouble, to take something that is already tasty, and modify it by letting it ferment. I am guessing that you are thinking it tastes better, and not because you want the alcohol, or whatever it ferments to. It is hard for me to imagine that a bunch of cultured bacteria, improves it, but that is what I am asking about, how does it taste different, etc. I am not above having a glass of wine with my neighbor, but I would be lying it I were to say, that I think the alcohol and vinegar in the wine, taste better than the previous grape juice probably did. Understand the question now?
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    When it comes to schooling

    Before our kids were school aged, by wife approached me about homeschooling our kids. My initial reaction was along the lines of: "Are you nuts? How would then ever get social skills, learn how to interact with others?" My wife, being the wise woman that she was, and knowing her husband, did not bother to argue with me, she just took advantage of the fact that it is my nature to investigate things and said: "Why don't you research that?" So I did. When I had done enough to reach a conclusion, my mind set was different. Now, I was thinking that socialization was the best reason to home school, and avoid public schools. The bottom line was about more than socialization though. Did I want them exposed to and indoctrinated by people and a system, that wanted them to see spiritual things as superstitious, and leftist ideologies persuading them about what is moral, and what is not, if indeed, they would be taught that such a thing as morality even existed. I wanted my kids, to learn that there was a creator, and not have to try to undo what they were learning from teaches who spent more time with them than I could. Kids are going to tend to learn from someone, and to hand them over to teachers for that, is in my opinion, telling the child that the teacher is more of an authority to be listened to, than their parents are. I don't think that is God's order. God instituted families, and gave the responsibility of training to their parents. I think also, that children want to learn from their parents, what to learn from those who love them enough to take care of them, and be their for them, day after day. Most kids tend to view their parents as heroes, and hang on every word they say. Of course kids will also be rebellious, but in most school situations, those rebellions are not dealt with effectively, and teachers had to act within guidelines, that are very restricted and delayed. This is growing more true in the home too now, as the government interferes with parenting, sometimes for good, but often no so much. Parents sometimes feel, that they are under-qualified to teach their own children. Sometimes, that might be so. Most elementary school trhough high school teachers are not exactly geniuses in most cases, at least in my experience. That is not a slam on teachers, they do not need to be geniuses, in order to teach. Much of what teachers learn about, in order to be teachers, is teach methods, the subject matter than they teach, generally comes out of a text book. Parents can read text books too, and pass that information to their children. The teaching methods, on the other hand, change from decade to decade, because those in the field of education, seek to be more effective at it, that others have been in the past. This leads to experimentation, experimentation with our children as the guinea pigs. Newsflash: Parents have been teaching their children for thousands of years, hundreds of generations have passed information, and values, to their kids, and I do not see where the fundamentals have changed, or need changing from how things have been traditionally done. Every parent that would seek to teach their children, has their own life experiences, and know people with life experiences, about how they themselves have learned to do things. Do you know how to read? If so, how did you learn? Can you not then, do the same for your children? Same goes for math, science, history, etc. I learned in public school, that is to say, that I attended public school. When I think about it, I got some instruction in public school, which I did not always understand. We had about thirty kids in our classrooms typically. Teacher taught us corporately, as a group. There was little time, for individual instruction. There was little time for the teacher to get to know how I learned best. Was I good at understanding spoken words, was I a better visual learner, was I hands on, etc. Thing is, I would go home, not understanding how to do fractions, or why grammar worked the way it did. Other things, I could not grasp fully, were also leaving me scratching my head. The best thing the teacher did, was send homework home with me. At home, it was mom, who got me through it. She had the time and the patience to help be learn the things I was not getting. She had me reading out loud, so that I improved at that. My mom was not a smart, and educated woman. However, my mom was there for me. When it came down to it, the public school took the role of deciding what subjects I needed to study. It was my mom, that really did the teaching. I was in essence, really more home schooled that publicly educated. Once I realized this, I was more comfortable with the idea of home schooling. Now, that I was more able to see, that educationally, moms (and dads) are able to teach, the idea had more appeal. One of the things that my research revealed, was that on average, by the time student have reached 18 years of age, they are academically about to years ahead of a public school child, it they had been private schooled, and a home schooled student, was typically about 2 years ahead of a private schooled student. That was interesting to me. As an anecdotal story, let me elaborate that point. When my oldest kids, reached the age of what is normally 9th grade, we got this idea. There was no specified age level, to attend the local, public school community college. As home schoolers, is was required of us, to see that our kids were educated in certain topics. Math, was on of those topics. We enrolled our kids in the community college. Our best student/child,took algebra there. When he was tested, he scored at a level, which was considered equal to second year college. So there, in his case, he was matching the statistic, more or less, but even more, that home schooled students tend to out perform (academically) their public school counterparts by 4 years, in this case 5 years. It was also interesting to learn, that the acedemic prowess of home-schooled students, did not seem to be linked to the education level of their parents. One thing I recall, was that there was some kids who had entered a national contest, I do not recall what it was called, but it was the equivalent of a spelling bee, but it was not about spelling, but covered all sorts of subjects of study. This kid who won, was home-schooled. Here is the thing about him, His parents we not well educated them selves, the had graduated high school, but we just average. They were rural farmers, old school family farm type farmers. The kid performed well academically, being taught by parents of academic mediocrity. Another interesting statistic, was that there are all sort of professions among home educators, but, the most common, the most likely to keep their children outside of public school, are public school teachers, or at least that was the case in the early 90s when I was doing my research. Another anecdotal story: Our youngest daughter, was not a good student, she always struggled a bit. learning did not come easily to her, and if concerned me some. Of course, I do not know whether she would have done better outside of home-school education, perhaps she would have. However, what I can say is that at the age of 27, she has been employed as a nurse at a local hospital. She took a GED after home-schooling, and enrolled in the community in the new neighborhood we later moved to, and got here nursing degree there. As I said, learning was not naturally easy for her, but she had developed some self direction and work ethics in the home-school environment, and that served her well enough to finish college, something that I never did. So, back to socialization. What I concluded after my investigations, was that I was just plain ignorant. It boiled down to this: Would I prefer to have my children learn there values, from a secular system that does not encourage ideas like faith and moral absolutes, one that perhaps even encourages them to "experiment" to learn about themselves? Do I want my kids to learn social skill, from other kids, who also do not have social skills yet? Might these kids, be into sex, and drugs, and who know what else, is that what I would choose to be influences on their young lives? I know what that was like, I learned about sex, when I was in the 3rd grade, from a 7th grader. That was partially, my parents fault, because they did not supervise me well enough, to oversee who I was making friends with. Would it not be better, I asked myself, for my kids to learn social skill by interacting with well balanced adults? By contrast, when we elected to home educate our children, we met the parents of the children who would become the friends of our children, and at times, we would veto certain choices our kids might have made for friends. We we involved in the lives our our kids, we cared enough to provide intelligent supervision in their lives. It might sound like we were over bearing, over protective. I am sorry if I gave that impression, but I do not think we were. So, did it work, did out kids get properly socialized? Well, they are all at ease, self confident, but not bullies, bragarts, nor into substance abuse, or any number of things people view as negatives. Let me put it this way. Looking back to the zero to age 21 years that our kids transitioned from newborns to full adults, they accumulated 105 years of experience between them (we had 5 kids). In all those years, we never heard even one complaint about them from another child, or and adult, nor supervisors, Christian leaders, etc., etc. The worst thing I ever learned about them in all those years, was that there was a time, when the two boys decided to go and purchase a small color TV and game console, without out permission. They hid it in their closet, and the girl, who knew about it, conspired to keep the secret from us, their parents. Mind you, they bought this system with their own money, and we never gave them an allowance. Any money they had to spend, was money that they earned, or had gotten in gifts on birthdays etc. So this major evil, was to keep a secret from their parents, about something that was not itself, and evil, lol. My bottom line here, is that yes, it is quite possible to kids to be socialized outside of public school. Home education, does not mean isolation, it means and attempt to separate them from bad influences, UNTIL they are mature enough to make their own wise decisions. Also, as home school parents, we had the opportunity to meet other home school parents, and their kids. What struck me most about them (the kids) was how mature beyond their ages, they seemedto be, and how polite and helpful that they typically were. There is no guarantee that home schooled kids will come out great, not that public schooled kids will come out rotten, but it does not hurt, to change the odds to favor your own kids, we did that, because we thought that was the most loving thing to do.
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    So is weed a sin or not?

    Well for what it is worth, there is also the consideration of whether or not, we are to submit to the authorities! Rom 13: 1Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. I would argue from that, that as long as the authorities are not having you go against God, then you are going against God, when you defy the authority He has given to civil goverment. I do not know about other contries, but last I knew it was still against federal law in the U.S.: Despite medical cannabis laws in 46 states, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. The federal government regulates drugs through the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811), which does not recognize the difference between medical and recreational use of cannabis. These laws are generally applied only against persons who possess, cultivate, or distribute large quantities of cannabis. Under federal law, cannabis is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin. The federal government places every controlled substance in a schedule, in principle according to its relative potential for abuse and medicinal value. Under the CSA, cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug, which means that the federal government views cannabis as highly addictive and having no medical value. Doctors may not "prescribe" cannabis for medical use under federal law, though they can "recommend" its use under the First Amendment. Source: https://www.safeaccessnow.org/federal_marijuana_law
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    Prayers for my mother

    Will do RG
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    Do We only want older Theologians here?

    Just so you know Naomi, I did not feel targeted, sorry if I sounded defensive. I was however to a degree trying to defend the genre of we fossilized lay theologians. In general, I don't observe them trying to be exclusive, though we do at times get engrossed in our conversations with each other, and perhaps many to not feel welcome or qualified, or bold enough to enter those. I do not see why, really though, such people cannot start a thread along the lines of: "Can anyone explain to me, in simple terms, what sanctification is?" or something along those lines when the see a big word or a topic they would like to understand better. Perhaps They do not want to be seen asking "dumb questions" (which would be a matter or pride I think). In my opinion, there are two kinds of dumb questions. The first is asking a question that one already knows the answer to. That is probably not very common. The second kind, that some questions are dumb, only because the remain un-asked.
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    Do We only want older Theologians here?

    Correct, and chances are their message was not meant for me, and I might move on. If I wanted to learn about hip hop, or whatever it is that urban street people talk about, I might have to try to pick up their dialect and nuances. I do not think that is what is going on though. Taking myself as one example, I do not neglect people who are not using theospeak, I am using theospeak, when talking to theospeakers, about theotopics. So then, if you bring up money, and sex, etc. do the ministry leaders ignore those topics? Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe we do address those topics, without the big words. Is there some point I am missing, or are my observations inaccurate? With 60,000 members here, or even a few thousand recently active, it is not as though a handful of us are aware of everything going on, so I am sure we miss a lot, miss most threads and posts. I would suggest, that there are plenty of people, who have life experiences, that come with age or experience, and who have wisdom, but who also, do not know the language of theology nor use big words generally. They too can and do respond to diverse topics and there is no need for them to be "ministry leaders" to give valuable and valid input. For what it is worth, when people are chosen to fill positions of leadership in ministry here, it is not on the basis of their theological prowess, more often it is the servant's heart and actions and interaction, that are looked at primarily. Advanced Bible knowledge and theological expertise does not disqualify them, but it is not the primary concern by any means. Also, there are other means for those wanting answers an input. We have looking for advice threads, prayer request thread, ask a question threads, and some very specific topic threads that are not just theological. There are private discipleship opportunites and a few other things. Additionally, there is the ability to message others, and if I am not mistaken, you have messaged me upon occasion, and I have responded. So, I will ask: "When we have had such exchanges, have I used only big words, or was I a poor communicator, not taking the time to make what I was saying clear to you?" If that is the case, or when it is the case, even in threads in general, feel free to ask me to restate something in more down to earth, less lofty language, and I will likely do so. Yes sister Naomi, and have I not responded as family, without talking down to you using highfalutin words? (and no, highfalutin is not a highfalutin word itself, it is informal). Thanks for the thread by the way, it is a good topic I think.
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    Post #2

    Looks right to me!
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    Making 3 posts

    That is one, welome!
  12. Yes, well, if you go back to the first post in this thread, you will see that I have rewritten it totally. There are now a dozen broad categories planned, and I expect 100, more or less, specific topics that will fall under those heading. I have done this based on the premise, right or wrong, that there are some orders that will work better than others. Premise upon premise. For example, God is a big topic, but how do we know, what we know, about Him? The main answer to that, is we know from the Bible, so I hope to establish a few things about the Bible, so that we can understand it and trust it etc. If we do not trust information about God, we might doubt God Himself, and fail to understand Him and His purposes, His will. So, my intention is to lay a framework that hopefully helps us in our journeys.
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    Do We only want older Theologians here?

    Wise thoughts. Also though, there is a counter balance or antidote for this problem. When one sees a big word, one can elect to cease the opportunity to increase one's vocabulary. At one time, this was a lot of work. Now, a few seconds of time on the internet, will get you understanding. It is a good thing to simplify things to make them understandable to a broad audience. Donald Barnhouse once said something to the effect of "Get the hay down out of the loft onto the barn floor, so the cows can get at it". I always remember that, even if I do not evenly apply it, as one of those old theologians. On the other hand, if we speak to infancts with baby talk, they will never learn to speak as adults. That was probably a bad illustration, since in implies immaturity of those with limited vocabulary, not my intention at all. So . . . What I am saying is: "Do not be easily intimidated by big words, instead LEARN the big words!" That way, the next time you see that word, you can say "aha!" instead of "huh?" Should we use big words though? Yes, absolutely. We are usually talking about specialty language. Lawyers had legalese, Scientist have specialized words. Even Virgil, the shade-tree mechanic, might say the word "carburetor" instead of saying "that block of cast aluminum with the round plates on those pivoting shafts, which are sitting inside those round holes where the air flows through and the gasoline sprays in from the attached fuel bowls that have those hollow brass floats, etc. etc. The word was way easier, that the description using smaller words, that STILL need explaining. In the kitchen, I hear words like sifter, whisk, blanch, parboil, simmer, and many other specialized terms that one may not know. It is just in the nature of communication, to develop words that mean things. Overall, it helps, more than it hurts. Theology, is no different. If I mention sacerdotalism, it is not there to confuse you, it is because a big word can substitute for a long description, and same time and space in a sermon or an article, etc. This is why dictionaries, etc. where invented, to help us communicate, not to obscure meanings. We need to be clear, sure, and try to help people understand what we mean. That does not, however imply, that it is not the responsibility of our readers, to learn new words to better understand others who have already learned them. That is my editorial opinion, and I hope I did not step on anyone's toes. Let's not be dismayed by vocabulary, instead, let's grow our vocabulary. Certainly, let's not use big words to try to sound smart, as few will be impressed if all we are doing, is trying to look like we know more. The purpose of knowledge is not to show of, it is to be able to understand things, and pass that understanding on. Sometimes, we (I am guilty of this) use words that we chose, because we are trying to communicate with those who understand the terms already, and not trying to speak to those, who are not there yet. I do not think there is anything wrong with that. Those who are less familiar, have an opportunity, to read those conversations, look up a few things, and work toward getting on that same page, and participate in similar conversations in the future. We old theologians, did not get to be old theologians, by fretting over big words, we got there because we took the trouble to get there. Now, it is so much easier, a person can access in seconds, online, entire theological libraries for free. It has never been easier to get up to speed, and there are few excuses not to, other than not being interested enough to do so. I saw some reference here, do the idea that not everyone has the time to devote to such things, than not everyone is retired with nothing better to do (it was not said exactly like that, but you get the idea). To that notion, I can only say personally, that I have not always been retired, that I learned most of what I know about theology, while I was working 50 hours weeks, and raising a family with 5 kids, and doing lots of other things that involved lots of investment of time. At the same time, i was also learning skill for the real world, expertise in all sorts of disciplines, and I should point out, that I am a lazy person by nature. How we spend our time, often shows what is important to us. Video games? Entertainment? Work, school, church, study, eating, etc. etc. How we spend our time, impacts what we will will become. We should consider what we want to be, and devote some time to that. Am I wrong?
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    Daily Bible Reading 61 - December 31st

    You are welcome Skillet, I hope you are still reading!
  15. Just go to youtube and type "read my lips no new taxes" you'll find plenty. Kind of getting of topic in here people though?