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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. Question about Satan

    Just as a reminder, the primary function of this forum area, is for introductions and welcomes, not questions and answers. That being the case: Welcome greentea7!
  2. Daily Reading 22 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 17 Genesis 29:1-30 Psalm 22 Audio 4:22 Audio 4:45 Audio 3:48 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the above links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  3. Daily Reading 21 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 16 Genesis 27:46-28:22 Psalm 21 Audio 4:27 Audio 5:~ Audio 1:03 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the above links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  4. Thank you Saved.One.by.Grace, I hope someone finds it helpful.
  5. Yarn Craft

    Welcome WestCoastBeliever to the club, thanks for joining. The following are not something I made, but inherited from my grandmother when she died in about 1980. I know nothing about yarn, other that I had some that I acquired who know where (then subsequently gave away). I did keep a little because my cats like it. I am wondering though, if you can tell me which craft the pictures depict. I do not know (by looking) if something is knitting, chrochetting, embroidery (lol) or macrame, it is all pretty much the same to me.
  6. There is a book I like, called The Parables and Metaphors of Our Lord - by G. Campbell Morgan. It can be had retail still, I picked a used one up about 20 years ago in a used book store for $5. There is a scanned PDF file online, at this time, that has been online for a long time that I know of. I do not know if they have legal permission to offer this online or not, nor can I offer and educated opinion about whether you should read it there, not knowing if it is legal or not. I will leave that to you and your conscience, and your heart and God's will, to determine for yourself what you should do, I am providing the link to that resource, without an endorsement of it nor a criticism of it, as I am too ignorant to make a judgement call. http://truthseekersministries.org/images/files/The Parables and Metaphors of Our Lord.pdf
  7. Parables are interesting. I know some people say, they are an excellent teaching tool. I like to point out, that this is not always the case. Sure, one can use them to make a point, but that does not guarantee the point will be understood. Jesus, when asked why He used parables, pointed out that they are almost a sort of code (my extreme paraphrase), because they reveal things to whom the things are given to be understood, yet hide things from those, who are not so privileged. I think it is wonderful, that the Bible contains explanations by Jesus Himself, about what they mean, but this is not always the case. When these explanations are not present, we should not be too quick, to buy our own interpretations, yet at the same time, if they are in the Bible they are there to be understood by some. I am not the one to provide such explanations, and I cannot point to one who is. That being said, I am going to say that there is what I consider, to be an excellent book on the subject. <That is a link where you can find out more!
  8. Daily Reading 20 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 15 Genesis 27:1-45 Psalm 20 Audio 4:19 Audio 6:25 Audio 1:04 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the above links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  9. When I started this club, I was posting scripture verses from four versions of the Bible, and hosting the pages on one of my own websites. I had the King James Version, because some people only trust that version. I had the New King James Version, because some do not trust the underlying manuscripts used for many modern Bible translations, but they want or need a more modern form of English, something younger than 400 years old. I had the New International Version, because it is very popular in evangelical churches, and it is very easy to read, uses modern English, without being baby talk, and it uses manuscripts that some consider to be more reliable or accurate than those which underly the manuscripts the KJV is based on (due to their older age) theorizing that time has a way of corrupting things, in the hands of mankind. Some believe in the ancient manuscript idea, but are willing to sacrifice some of the readability that the NIV offers, in order to gain a more literal translation, since the NIV tends to be quite paraphrastic. To these readers, I offered the New American Standard Bible. However, when I was doing this, it took me almost 2 hours every day, to put all of this together. I did not want to lose that much time to this task, so I came up with a more efficient means to accomplish the same goals. I started to link to another site, where people could read, and choose from even more versions. Additionally, this allowed me to offer links to hear the Bible professionally read instead of reading or in addition to reading. These extra features, now take me only 15 to 30 minutes a day, preparation for the daily assigned reading. Now, I want to point out another thing one can do: Opening more that one version at the same time to read and compare on version to another. You can create a page with versions of you choice in parallel. See the image below to see how it is done, and what the result looks like:
  10. Hi Gandalf, I think your approach makes a lot of sense and in fact, I had people like you in mind, when I decided to post the whole yearly schedule. Thank you for your contributions, and for joining us, so that we all can encourage each other and remain accountable, not so much to each other, but to our intentions to be like the Bereans, searching the Bible daily.
  11. I have no particular insights to offer, but I think Psalm 19 is quite self explanatory, and so beautifully expresses the work and majesty of our God and our yearning to know Him better.
  12. A thing there is, that all caps, don't make it easier to read for a lot of people, it is harder to read and lacks expression. If vision is an issue, people can alter font settings, of zoom in to get larger fonts that way. For example, on my windows computer, a CTRL and plus sing, or a CTRL and a minus sign, zoom the screen in and out. IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY DOING THIS (ALL CAPS), EVERYTHING LOOKS AS THOUGH YOU INTEND EVERY WORD YOU SAY TO BE UNDERSTOOD WITH EQUAL IMPORTANCE, instead of being able to draw attention to things you think are MOST important. So yeah, the online community has developed certain kinds of etiquette. Because of the lack of facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, etc, it is too easy to be mis-understood. This is why there are emoticons (people have begun to refer to them as emojis) so that you can communicate things like a wink, to indicate that it is in fun, kidding, not intended as an insult, etc. Welcome Tickled!
  13. Generally, I tend toward literalness, but looking at this passage and it's context, the audience, the subject, where it starts and where it heads, I am inclined to see a larger picture, that just the literal. I am not too concerned with symbolic understandings, as long as they align with the Bible, not introducing new ideas that are not intended. A good practice, I think, is to play it safe and not overthink symbolism. When the Bible calls something a parable, or a type, then of course I am fine with that. However, I also take no issue with seeing a picture of Jesus, being offered as an innocent sacrifice, from the Father of His only Son, in the story of Abraham being willing to sacrifice his "only" son. I may overdo this at times, but the types I tend to see, only support what is already known, not adding anything new. So it is with this party at the Pharisee's home, it is said that they were watching Him, and you just know in such cases, Jesus is going to teach a message. Now in their case, perhaps the message is more literal, do these good things! However, it is true that Jesus does proclaim in other places, often parables, about talents and vineyards, inviting guests to marriage feasts, etc, etc, that sometime the master is laying out a promise to gentiles, who will also me part of Abraham's family, by faith. Since Jesus sometimes use parabolic illustration to hide truths from those who they are not intended for, it seem possible, that some of that is going on here. Perhaps,the message is not only intended for the hearers present, but for those who were not present, to understand later. I like this passage: 10And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12“For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. and this is also interesting: 34All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. 35This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” all that from Matt 13. Just thoughts for consideration, not anything solid to be counted upon in what I say. Not trying to make interpretations here, just wanting people to think a little, toss out the bad, and keep the good. Basically, I guess I am saying that things may not always be literal or symbolic, maybe they can be both!
  14. Daily Reading 19 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 14:25-35 Genesis 26 Psalm 19 Audio 4:36 Audio 4:18 Audio 1:52 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer written, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the above links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
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