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  1. I completely agree. When my dad died, I had no idea of how many people were going to require a death certificate. When the man at the funeral home asked, "How many death certificates are you going to need?", my mother and I just looked at each and said, "One." He explained all the people who were going to need one and suggested we purchase 10. We used 8. When you are "in the moment" of death of a loved one - the last thing you need to do is be burdened with details.
  2. Are simple funerals costly in your area? Have you pre-paid yours? My mother and I and my handicapped brother are in a new [not literally new] house and have been for two years. After finally selling her old house and my house, we wanted to pre-pay our funerals as we were surprised at what my dad's simple funeral cost. I went with the cheapest and basic service and cheapest casket. It's pointless to pay for an expensive "box" that's just going to be in the ground. I was going to be cremated as that has been my plan for decades. BUT, cremation is more expensive here. I was really disappointed in that - about $1,500 more than the basic package. People make expensive and emotional decisions when someone dies and want to honor them and they over pay and include services that just aren't necessary. Anyway, I paid for the most cheapest casket [$2,500 - a white one with a Bible and praying hands on it] and took the cheapest basic service. All that includes: picking up/sheltering the body, embalming, getting the body ready for the casket, visitation/viewing, the pastor, casket flowers, obituary in the paper, securing permits, official copies of the death certificate [we ordered 10 for my dad, but only ended up using 8], cemetery services [digging the grave, covering the grave, setting up the tent, chairs, et.al], the hearse and driver, and whatever else. Also, there's a lot of people to pay for all of that. This basic package was about $9,800. My advice if you don't have burial insurance and if you have no clue what a funeral costs in your area is to check it out. I feel good about pre-paying as costs continue to rise annually and I have no burial insurance. I'm just glad we had the money as we sold those two houses. If we hadn't - I just don't know.
  3. Redemptive suffering is not Biblical nor a Godly thing nor should it be practiced by Christians. It's claiming, as John Paul II said, that our sufferings can save people when heaped on top of Jesus' sufferings. "In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.” - JPII Why would Jesus Christ need our help in saving people? Was his death on the cross not enough? Did my having cancer or my father suffering a stroke somehow "save" people? Or was that all a waste because I didn't "offer up" my sufferings for Jesus to use to save others. Here's a typical redemptive suffering prayer. "Dear Lord, Help me to remember in these troubled times The cross you carried for my sake, So that I may better carry mine And to help others do the same, As I offer up (whatever your concern or problem here) to you For the conversion of sinners For the forgiveness of sins In reparation for sins And for the salvation of souls. Amen My sufferings help Jesus Christ to "convert sinners", "forgive sins", "make reparations for sins", and "save souls"??? Not in any known universe. Don't take my word for it - Romans 6:9-10 says, "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God." ONCE - a one time payment FOR ALL - for all There is no other payment to be made. My cancer I went through and the death of my father can do NOTHING for my those in my life who are lost and going to hell that I pray for regularly.
  4. If ya'll don't ever pop in here and read, TODAY is the day. This is awesome! This psalm is meant to be read slowly and read back TO God [as all psalms are].
  5. DAY 37 - PSALM 32 [Book 1] Blessed Are the Forgiven A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. 11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
  6. I'm so sorry you are addicted to hentai. My hearts breaks for you. Are you a Christian? I will pray for you - a lot. Welcome here. Perhaps many more will pray for you, too.
  7. Hebrews 11:3 - " By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." This passage says that God spoke everything into existence which matches what Genesis says. About Cain's wife. Incest was not a "thing" nor defined by God until about 2500 years after Adam. It's not so much that incest is immoral - Abraham was married to his half-sister and it was no sin. There's a reason God stepped in with the Law and defined incest was that after 2500 years, physical mutations were common enough for close blood relatives to NOT marry. If both the woman and the man - say brother and sister - were to be carriers of something, say Huntington's disease. Then odds are, the child would not only carry it but it would be active in the child. We are lucky that so many mutations are recessive. Adam and Eve carried perfect genetic material. So did their children. So did the grandchildren. But slowly as time passes and genetic material decays - mutations occur. Much of what was in the law was for the protection of his people, not necessarily their moral state. Such things like having to have a priest declare your house clean or unclean [spiritually] because of mold. Forbidding some animals to be eaten. Cain either married a sister or a niece. If the ban on incest were based strictly and only on a moral dilemma, like rape, it would have been grossly sinful from the beginning.
  8. For those of us who have experience nightmares of life - this is a wonderful passage. For those of us who fear God and take refuge in him - THEN we are blessed with the abundance of his goodness and receive the shelter. This doesn't say that the nightmares of life go away if you are a Christian. It says that when you "fear God" and "take refuge in him" [making Bible reading/study and prayer a routine], THEN we will know how it feels for God to cover us with his presence DURING those horrible times. I can count the times I went through nightmares of life and cast my eyes OFF of God, feared the storm more than I feared God. Forsook Bible reading and prayer because I was too obsessed with the pain and terror at hand. Those are the times of misery. It doesn't have to be. Fear the LORD - and take shelter IN him. The storms won't necessarily go away, but you will KNOW you are safe in his arms.
  9. DAY 36 - PSALM 31:13 - 24 [Book 1] …..For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. 14 But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16 Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! 17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol. 18 Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. 19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! 20 In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. 22 I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. 23 Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. 24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
  10. A Christian's testimony is how they came to Christ. All should rejoice in hearing that. Yes, some testimonies involve terrible and sad things, but that should only comprise a very short part of how one came to know Jesus. For example, we had a man come to our church to preach. The first night, he gave his testimony. He spoke for 40 minutes on his adultery problem and how many times he committed adultery and why he committed adultery and how it tore his wife apart and ruined his family- 40 minutes. That was TOO LONG to hear about the problem. He spoke about what Christ did for him for about 10 minutes. He had that backwards. So, yes, your testimony might be sad to hear initially, but hearing what Christ did for you is the point of a testimony. I love hearing testimonies of how God saves people and rescues them from all sorts of things. Feel free to put yours here.
  11. There is only one way to be scripturally baptized and that is after you have been saved. All baptized in the New Testament did so AFTER receiving the gospel and accepting Christ. Then and only then were they baptized. Baptism does not save you, but the Lord did command it. It's a picture of your commitment to Christ and to follow him. When you are put under the water, that's a sign of your being dead to self and sin and being "buried" with Christ. When you are raised up from the water, it's a symbol of your being resurrected into a new life IN Christ. All new believers should be baptized as that is the Bible model. I have known a small handful of people who have water phobia or are in too bad of a physical shape to be baptized to enter the water on their own. One young man I know was baptized in his home in the bathtub. He was so phobic of pools, ponds, and even a baptistry that he would get sick. He was a little person and could not swim. So, the pastor invited a small handful of men of our church to go with him to the young man's house and bear witness and rejoice with him over his baptism in his bathtub. You can be baptized wherever there is water enough to do so. My mother's church, when beginning 35 years ago, met in the pastor' home while building a church building. Until then, they used his neighbor's swimming pool for a baptistry. You CAN wait to be baptized, but that is not the Bible model. But you DON'T have to be "spiritually mature" to be baptized. That's not what baptism is a symbol of. It's a symbol of your being saved and committed to follow Christ always.
  12. Of course a Christian can get married in a courthouse. There's no prescribed way to get married in the Bible. It says to obey the laws of the government and our government says to procure a license and have it signed by a person given that authority. There are lost people by the scores that get married in a church. I should know. I've played the piano at hundreds of weddings over the years. Many just want to rent a church for the traditional setting or because a chapel might have beautiful stained glass. And there are scores of Christians who get married at a courthouse, park, home, and just about any place imaginable. It's just up to you.
  13. At the lowest point in his life - the cross - Jesus quoted scripture while hanging there. Both come from Psalms - 22 and 31 - "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me" and "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit..." If Jesus quoted scripture on the cross as method of speaking to his own Father, we need to incorporate scriptures in our prayers - especially when we are in trouble and need.
  14. DAY 35 - PSALM 31:1-12 [Book 1] Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! 3 For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me; 4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord. 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, 8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. 9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. 11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. 12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
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