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  1. So are you still actively looking for a church or did you give up entirely? I know the church I go to worships the Lord and the Word of God is preached every Sunday. There is a social aspect of church as well that is part of church. Think of it this way, the corporate body of believers that meet as a congregation, group or whatever you want to call it from that same group is where you get fellowship, encouragement, prayer, needs met, help for projects, and the list goes on and on. Thing about it this way as well, when the church is persecuted what happens? The corporate body that meets on Sunday now becomes a sanctuary and every person in that congregation now strives to pray for each other even more so. Hebrews 10:25 I think is very clear in making sure that we don't neglect assembling with other believers and really kind of sums up my point pretty nicely. It says, " Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." The corporate body of believers are made up of people who are sinners. They are not always right. Even I don't agree with everything that my church does. But I make sure that I am there because it preaches God's Word. I don't know your situation or whatever but I encourage you to make sure that you seek out a body of believers that you can spend time with and fellowship with. It is that same body of believers that will support you in the low days and support you in the good days.
  2. I read through this whole conversation and I believe that in the end it was handled very well. I had the same question as Yowm and would have asked it if he hadn't. We all have to remember that were are communicating with text. This means we can't just assume that we understand something. Asking for clarification is not wrong as one poster on this forum has argued against. There are different nationalities, backgrounds, etc that are on this forum. There are language barriers present as well. Word usage is very important when using text as a form of communication. But I am glad that it all worked out and the OP was willing to change the way she said things to make it more understandable. This is a great example of believer working things out verses getting angry and causing commotions in the forums. I rather enjoyed the final response and was encouraged by it. Thanks all for being civil.
  3. Divorce them. And I don't mean this in a joking way. Let me explain. There are too many stories like this out there already. Do something that goes against mainstream Christian plays and films. We want a happy endings but at the expense of it being redundant and cliche. Here is why I think a divorce would be in order. First it is a reality that hits many Christian homes. This should not be something as believers we shy away from. It is reality. Second you could build your story around this situation where you have a divorced Christian couple that somehow in the midst of their lives come into contact with some godly people. Divorce is a selfish think in most cases. So you have pride, selfishness, anger, hostility, and you name it. So you could play off this and teach lessons from each point of view. Then you could have some type of lets say Got Mail type of thing happen due to prayer of those that are concerned and the couple end up coming back together. But this is just what I came up with. Probably not what you were looking for but it is just an idea.
  4. Shiloh thanks for pointing that out. I was about ready to do a real quick check of that Gematria was. Well I won't waste my time at this point on it anyway.
  5. Ed J how do you know the Bible was written with English in mind? What about Spanish, French, German? I am curious as how you came to this conclusion.
  6. God also gave proof of his existence through Creation. The evidence is all around us. However man chooses not to see that. Romans 1:19-20 says this truth plainly. I am with several others on here that the Word of God is proof enough that God exists. We believe He exists through faith ("Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". Hebrews 11:1) and we know it is true because it has been revealed to us ("These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God." I Corinthians 2:10). In my opinion God's Word is enough proof and there really isn't much more to add. Unless God reveals himself to a person whatever proof one says they come up with will be meaningless.
  7. I know I do Tai Chi which focuses a lot on meditation and that type of thing. You know what I do when they say empty your mind and all that? I use that time to pray, meditate on what I read in God's Word and just focus on him for that time. But that is just what I do. I know what God's Word says and all the meditation mumbo jumbo is not something I have ascribe to even though I am practicing the art of tai chi. I remember my instructor tell me once that he had a student that could travel from place to place while meditating. I just rolled me eyes, sighed and continued on with my training.
  8. I love this type of pizza. I just can't them because they just weight too much on my stomach. Plus I am trying to lose weight. But boy this pizza looks really, really good. I remember living in Mississippi and there was a mom and pop pizza shop about 2 miles from where we lived. They served a Chicago style pizza that was awesome!. Once sliced seemed to weight about 2 lbs or so. The whole pizza weight about 15lbs or so. That thing was so loaded with cheese and the toppings were great. The calorie counts on one slice was through the roof. Pizza is just great. I prefer Papa Johns over all the other joints. We have a local place that is pretty good. They are too expensive to get pizza from most times.
  9. Being in the airline business I can tell you that most of the comments here are based upon civilians perceptions of how airlines work. 99% of civilians have no idea of what really goes on behind the scenes of why passengers get bumped. The term "bumped" means that a passenger can't get onto a flight. Most times passengers are "bumped" due to weather, mechanical issues and the flight being full. But lets talk about overbooking first. Overbooking is not a error or a poor decision on the part of the airlines. As a matter of fact is a financial strategy, whether you agree with me or not it is the fact, that the airlines use to keep their flights full. Overbooking allows for the fill in of no-shows, passenger cancellations, etc. The reason they do this is that it is very poor economics to fly an airplane less than full. Jet fuel is very expensive (I think it is around $6 per gallon on average). For example a 767-200 requires roughly 48,000lbs(aviation is based on weight) of fuel for a 2 1/2 hours flight. The fuel load takes into account the weight of the aircraft, the payload as well as fuel for required items like alternates in case the aircraft has to divert to another station due to weather or mechanical issues. It also takes into account extra fuel required to go around weather. This fuel load, with the current average price of JET-A fuel comes out to roughly $43000 dollars. Now take into account the cost it takes to keep the aircraft mechanically sound as well. Then on top of that the pilots, flight attendants and those that operate the flight have to get paid. This starts to really add up. When everything is said and done you are up in the $100,000+ range to operate the aircraft. So the airlines overbook so that they have the money to cover the cost of operating plus make money doing so. It is a business plain and simple. Whether we like how it works or not this is just how it is. But at least you all know a little more why airlines overbook and do what they do. Ok now onto a look into how airline operations work. Pilots have to get to work and in order for flights to operate you have to have pilots. We all know this already. We most do not know is that airlines operate based upon what is called reliability. This reliability means that 98% of the airlines flights are on time both for on-time departures and arrivals. Airlines, believe it or not, lose money when their reliability drops. Pilots changes are made on a daily basis due to sick calls, pilots exceeding their allotted flying hours a month, yearly recurrent training and sims and numerous other reasons. Based upon what I read and how I understand how airlines work this may have been a last minute crew change for the flight that was going to depart the arrival station that flight that the incident happened was arriving at. Again not an ideal situation but it is just how it is. Let me now focus on bumping passengers. You may not know this but there is an operation that works behind the scenes that plans the flight. The work up fuel loads, determine how many passengers can get on, plan flights around weather, etc. They are called Aircraft Dispatchers. Look the job description up sometime and you will see what they do. This is what I do as a living so I am up on the front lines with the operations of the airlines. I make these decisions on a daily basis. Trust me it isn't glamorous and I can assure you that I am not keen on bumping passengers but the operation in some cases rule and in other cases my decision is final. As a dispatcher I have a love/hate relationship with the airline. Anyway in my planning I have required the airline to bump passengers from flights due to requiring more fuel for weather, alternates, etc. Aircraft cannot take off if they are too heavy and it is easier to bump passengers than remove bags. Sounds horrible but it is what it is. Now onto the bumping of passengers for crew members. The airline reserves the right to bump people for operational reasons. Read the very small print when you buy a ticket. When you buy that ticket you agree to this and all the other airline rules and operating procedures as well. Airlines technically do not have to offer anything for volunteers but they do it because they know that it is better on the reputation if they do. Some people take it others do not. When no one takes the bait then they have to random seating and will randomly choose seats. They will walk up to that passenger that is in that seat and will request that you get off the aircraft. It is there right and their rules. Sounds rough but it is how it works regardless if we like it or not. The airline tried to do what it could to make removal as comfortable as possible but that didn't work. Then they had to do it the hard way. And I can assure you the airlines do not like to work that way. Finally lets deal with the particular passenger. When the airline asks that you get of the plane it is a good idea to do so. Not doing so creates an environment where the pilot has to make a decision based upon safety. The passenger become belligerent and refused the request of the flight attendant and crew. Thus TSA was called. From what I read two of the TSA agents were trying to be calm and collected. The third TSA agent was in the wrong by using force like he did. Now saying that the passenger was also clearly in the wrong as well. I can also tell you that the actions of the passenger caused the decisions that were made. Not pretty but like I have said before this is how it works. It is hard to text how airlines work and I hope it gives everyone a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes and why things work the way they do. We can agree to disagree with airline operational policies all day but it doesn't change the fact that all the airlines work the same way. Even the regionals work this way as well. Anyway I hope what I wrote makes some sense. Feel free to ask questions and I can answer them the best I can through text. Side note: It is actually fascinating watching the inner workings of an airline and how everyone working in it makes the airline tick.
  10. This sounds like dual inspiration to me which is clearly wrong. God did not inspire the translators. The original text were inspired but translating is not inspired. All translating is is expressing the sense of (words or text) in another language. This is what the translators of the KJV and other versions have done. So can I read the KJV and say it's God's Word? Yes. Can I read the NIV and say it is God's Word? Yes. I attended a school that was KJV only (not to the extreme as the belief of dual inspiration) and have heard all the arguments and points. I have been in the debates and discussions and sadly they can become quite heated. This is the way I see it, If you feel that the KJV is a better version and choose to use it then go for it, yet if someone uses another version that is not a KJV then let them use it. The sad reality is that I have seen KJVO's rip good christian people apart just because they don't hold to the same version. A little story to illustrate my point: I was at school and was eating lunch with a couple of people. One of those that I was eating lunch with was a KJVO. Somehow the discussion turned course and Bible versions were starting to be discussed. She said she was staunch KJV and that all other versions of the Bible were satanic. When I tried to explain to her what translations were all about and that the KJV was merely a translation she got up from the table (in the middle of lunch mind you) condemned me to hell and from that point on did not want anything to do with me at all. Very sad. Not saying this is the case but this does happen and it happens more than people realize.
  11. Thankfully we as believers live under Grace not law (Romans 6:14). Grace doesn't give me a license to sin (Romans 6). It does however allow me to come before the throne when I do sin an confess it. (I John 1:9). I do have a question for in regards to their belief that once we are believers that the sin nature is completely eradicated. What about Paul in Romans 7 where he discusses the dilemma of the sinful nature: So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Would you say that Paul was not a Christian because he struggled with his sin nature? Regardless of how many times you quote the same scripture it doesn't mean that your argument is correct. Sadly it is really off the mark concerning grace and concerning our sin natures after salvation.
  12. Could you maybe give an example of what you mean when you say "What is 'right' in one culture is 'wrong' in another."?
  13. Forgive me if I am wrong but doesn't God set the boundaries of what is right and what is wrong? We know what is right or wrong based on His word and his word alone. Right and wrong becomes subjective when man makes it subjective like it is today. In today's world the philosophy is what is right in my own eyes is what right instead of what God says. A perfect example would be the LTGB movement and their beliefs. Then you have churches siding with this belief system. They have made sin subjective instead of objective when God clearly says this lifestyle is wicked. So I have to disagree that right and wrong is subjective. Maybe I am not completely understanding what you mean by subjective. Maybe a little more light could be shed into what you are saying.
  14. From my observations from other posts the OP has done the OP is not really trying to discuss anything. All the posts I have seen them post are just scripture passages and that is about it. I don't think they are trying to post a discussion. Just my observations.
  15. I just want to make sure everyone knows that my responses were not in anger in anyway, shape or form. I do not claim to know everything in God's Word and I do not claim I have the answers to everything. I have tried to make sure that everything that I have said is supported with God's Word. I am not here to try and win an argument or debate or anything. All I can do is follow what God's Word says and I truly believe that what God says in Romans 1 is true. I also appreciate OneLight bringing out Romans 2:12-16 which I also believe to be true I just didn't think about that verse. I don't claim to be right all the time. As a matter of fact I am willing to be corrected when I am wrong. That is how we grow. I really hope in my responses you didn't get that impression. With all that being said I am trying to understand why the Devil would want anyone reading Romans 1. I would think he would want people to stay away from that chapter because it teaches that man needs a savior and that man is sinful. I do agree that as believers we are to go out and preach the gospel Mark 16:15, and Matthews 28:16-20. We are commanded to. But I can assure you that the Devil does not want us to trust in Christ or the Lord. I was wondering if you might be able to support your point through some scripture. This way I might be able to see your point of view more clearly. The message of the AntiChrist is to deceive those that are lost as well as those that claim to be saved. Jesus says in Matthew 24:24 that "For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." While this verse may not allude to the final antichrist described in Revelation I do believe that those that are truly saved will not be deceived based upon this verse. I am not well versed in end times theology but this statement Jesus makes seems to be pretty significant. However I think this particular point goes off topic from the original posters question. So I digress. I totally agree with you that when I state an opinion I clarify that it is my opinion. However when God's Word has an opinion that trumps my opinion and I will just state when God's opinion is. That is why I have been very good about provided references for what I have said. I am not trying to prove any point or try to win an argument. I just believe that God's Word is right on the topic of Hell being a very real place and those that do not know Christ, with the exception of what OneLight pointed out in Romans 2:12-16, will spend an eternity apart from God in Hell.