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  2. Yeah. Those who just can't wait to "do the right thing" ... That guy should've kept his apology to himself, as well. What a bozo.
  3. From the description: A recent article in the New York Times refers to an interview with William D. Hamilton (a pioneer in kin selection theory) who suggested that intelligent design might account for certain features of life on earth. A review of scientific thought reveals that various forms of ID are in fact compatible with the modern scientific consensus, just not the God of Christianity. 1. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/opinion/can-evolution-have-a-higher-purpose.html 2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/ 3. http://www.space.com/32543-universe-a-simulation-asimov-debate.html 4. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160901-we-might-live-in-a-computer-program-but-it-may-not-matter 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoncJBrrdQ8
  4. LifeHiscost speaking, especially to Debbyn re: me and my wife's welfare, computer problems and we're using the library computer when we can get to town. Also major auto expenses calling for restrictions to travel. Appreciate any prayers offered on our behalf. Hope to see the end of the present problems soon, health is good for both of us except for memory and some need for cooking capacity. LoL Keep looking up. I really believe Jesus is on the verge of making His appearance. God is love!~Jesus saves!
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  6. Beware of well meaning people: If you will forgive me for what I have told before: My ex-wife and I were leaving church one Sabbath when a man came up to her and stated that he needed to ask her to forgive him. She informed him that she was not aware of anything that he had done to offend her. So, he proceeded to tell her that he had been telling people that he considered her to be rather ugly looking and he should have kept his thoughts to himself!
  7. ................................................................................................................................................................................ I remember when a preacher (maybe Morris Venden) calculated How many angels there are. He was going on the premise tat each soul has two angels each and there are over 7 billion people on earth. So lets say 15 billion angels at least hovering around the earth. And Millions of Angels attending God? Billions perhaps meeting and greeting in untold numbers of unfallen worlds? Things like this make my mind and soul soar! It has to be an outrageous number. I mean look at the creativity God has in unending. Just on our Earth alone has hundreds of thousands of animals and plants and sea life. And we are still discovering new ones. Look at the Universe! less than 2 minutes looking at the universe linkUtube It never ends! A big God restores my soul when thinking of His Creation. I grew up with such a small petty god. When i contemplate Who He is and What He has done ..It Gives Me Life! To address the OP ..I do not know if, i was an angelic being, I would have been swayed falling under Lucifers subtle craftiness questioning God's Agape non violent no shadow of turning Love. Me being a finite being with a beginning looking at all the infinite wonders of His Hand. Yet looking up at the oldest and wisest angels who probably took me under his wing and telling lies to my gullible naive self. Yet I am loyal and would go to others. Perhaps to Gabriel and to Michael Himself. Always asking questions and trusting hopefully. .................. In the book "In The Presence of Angels" (Pacific Press) by E. Lonnie Melashenco and Timothy E. Crosby page 93 there is a profound beautiful yet unsettling but awsome passage speaking of Spiritualist J.Z. Knight's book (she channels an ancient warrior called Ramtha) ..an Evil Angel letting it's lies and guard down for a moment ? (Knight speaking to Rathma) "Is there anything you can't do?" Rathma smiled.." I cannot feel my heart breaking sorrow or my stomach clutch in fear. I am beyond that experience. I no longer desire it." "Do you ever cry? " I weep for that which is a Deep Love " " A deep love of what?" " A deep love of God. It is the most poignant remembrance of the past. Indeed my most exquisite memory. Lady, be no Passion as deeply experienced as the Love of GOD. None."
  8. This is an incredible story of survival (or not) of some emigrants travelling to California during the gold rush days. Only 4:25 long http://www.history.com/topics/donner-party/videos/the-donner-party
  9. Mockery disguised as "humor"of what appeared to be a sincere question can be a effective means of showing disdain and a lack of respect for others that have concerns that differ from "yours". So unimportant and foolish that a response is used that hasn't anything to do with the thoughts or posts of others but to make them appear shallow and superficial .Does doing so make "some" feel superior in their christianity?
  10. only by grace do we rise above personally insulting offenses. i would suggest this pastor needs to present messages on the harm of being judgmental of visitors to the church, and i would inform the pastor of this event. then i would deeply apologize to my spouse and possibly arrange for the pastor to apologize on behalf of the well meaning but insulting member. this is not good when members are hurtful to those coming to church. facetiously my thought is... i would like to see thirty visitors crowd this church Sabbath morning in jeans... give this member a work out then crash his program by letting him see how much God loves them and is so happy they came to visit at His house. We all need to be stretched, God's love is greater than we know.
  11. Well...... I think The Ladies should indeed wear her best to church! But it would be according to mY fine taste and delicate fashionable sensibilities! Glorious beaded sweeping gowns with arm length gloves (ya know there was a time when no self respecting woman stepped outside her homes without her lil white gloves with a delicate pearl button on the wrist) and a matching TaLL head piece. Modest for sure but tailored nicely. I think many pleats would have a great effect when one twirls but only with multiple slips and ruffles and bloomers to show not self with impropriety. Whalebone and cage crinoline and bustles are optional. And now for You Gents! Of course when sitting and having herbal tea with the Ladies at potluck, one must show himself as quite dapper. Tuxes with tails and top hats are all the rage! It don't have to be black anymore! But please if one must wear bright colours -a Zoot Suit will be more becoming to enter into The Sanctuary. And spats! All men must wear spats!
  12. Gary K: The Biblical way, as you stated it, applies to the two individuals directly involved, which in this case is S. and his wife. On the assumption that the wife will not want to confront, S should turn it over to the system. The system has rules of procedure and S should let someone who is assumed to be fair and objective take over the situation. It is not the job of S to confront the individual. Both Green and I have given advice on this. NOTE: Again, as I have said, it may be that the spiritual interests of the wife are best served by letting it go. If the individual typically reacts to people in that way, it will happen again and others can respond as appropriate.
  13. With GM being a former pastor and leader.... ....I believe he gives solid advice. I really like his position on 'not fixing'.
  14. Again, I find it of interest that you have cited a secondary source and not the actual 22nd Amendment itself. The actual 22nd Amendment, as you would know if you had read it, limits some Presidents to one (1) elected term in office and other Presidents to two (2) elected terms in office. You are now more correct, when you know acknowledge that the Federal Constitution provides for the succession of the President without election, which is not as you previously stated it and it was that previous statement that I challenged. It was that basic, former statement that I challenged, as it was wrong. I will also point out the Federal Constitution provided for the succession of the President beyond the VP and the Speaker of the House. So, while, as I stated, it is very unlikely, President Obama could become President again under the Constitution, providing certain other requirements were met, but not now as things stand. One of the things that could place Obama into a position where he, as a long shot, could become President again, would be for President Trump to place him in the non-elective position as a member of the Cabinet. NOTE: On this very issue a weekly TV program is being broadcast. Have you viewed it?
  15. Sojourner, I am really sorry that this happened to your wife. My advice is to first take it to God in a lot of prayer. What I mean by that is keep on praying about it every day. Do not just give it a one time shot and if you do not see results from one prayer stop praying about it. Tell God exactly how you feel about the pain your wife feels and the anger you feel. Be completely real with Him. Then ask Him to work this out with all parties concerned, including yourself. After you have been praying about it for a week or so then start to act on it yourself. I would not go first to the pastor or the church board. If you can remember who was doing the greeting ask around for who made the remarks to your wife and then go to them and ask why. That is the Biblical way to go about things. Take it up with the individual first. If that does no good take it to the head elder and have him help. Then take it to the entire church if working with an elder fails. Follow the way God told us to work through things and God will honor your needs and requests for help.
  16. Oh, yeah, I would have joined. In fact, I did join. It is only through the grace of God that I am not now a member of that rebellion. We all joined. There is not a single member of the human race, other than Jesus, who has not joined it. A small minority of us here on earth us have, since joining, become turncoats as far as the devil is concerned.
  17. You know those stories where a guy commits massive fraud, is caught by the FBI, and then, instead of arresting him, they hire him to catch other criminals? Well Michelangelo was doing that stuff hundreds of years before the FBI was even founded. Once, when carving a statue for Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, his patron had an idea for how to make some extra money. The statue looked enough like an ancient Greek work, that he figured they could scuff it up a bit, make it look like a sculpture recovered from ancient Greece and sell it for an inflated price. Just for good measure, they pulled this con on a Cardinal. And it worked. But when their mark, Cardinal Raffaele Riario found out he'd been had, he didn't attempt to punish Michelangelo. Instead he hired the young artist to carve something else. That project? It was called "Pieta" and would launch Michelangelo into another stratosphere. Of course, if we are going to talk about Michelangelo's most famous works, we have to mention "David." There are about a hundred things making the piece impressive, but one that often gets overlooked is the marble material he used was essentially a reject material. Almost 40 years before Michelangelo created his masterpiece, the original slab of marble was procured for a few different sculptures. But eventually, the material was rejected and the marble was abandoned. Over the years, it deteriorated, and when Michelangelo took his shot with it, it had plenty of marks from other artists who had tried and failed to make something of it. Seems the material worked just fine for Michelangelo. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor, not a painter. So when Pope Julius II asked Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel, he didn't want to do it. But what are you gonna do? Say no to the Pope? As he worked, he resented the strain painting on a ceiling put on his body. He even wrote a poem about it, starting with the opening line: "I've already grown a goiter from this torture," and finishing with "I am not in the right place - I am not a painter." Don't tell historians that. When he was done, he had created one of the most famous pieces of all time. People taking offense to the vulgarity of art is hardly a newfound tradition. People have been doing it for centuries. Even with Michelangelo. A lot of his work has come under fire for being obscene. The David masterpiece itself has even had its genitals covered by a fig leaf. And in 1969, one store owner was charged with obscenity for having a poster image of the famous masterpiece. Of course, all the censorship in the world can't stop the spread of great art or the success of a great artist. It's been a few hundred years, and people are still writing trivia quizzes about the great Michelangelo.
  18. Gregory It is odd for you to be defending my point that President Obama could get back into office. But the 22nd amendment is clear The oddity would be to have President Obama come back without an election in 2017 since he is not the VP or the Speaker of the House in the line of Presidential succession. Thus the restriction would not apply to him if he is not an elected President.
  19. How many squares are there on a Snakes and Ladders board?
  20. The Chicago Cubs
  21. How many chapters are there in the book of Philemon? 1 2 3 4 See: Philemon 1 hehehe, I cheated, I looked it up!
  22. Answer: The Mickey Mouse Club was an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996. The Mickey Mouse Club was created by Walt Disney. The series has been revived, and reformatted several times since its initial 1955-1959 run on ABC. The sixth and seventh seasons of the show would be the starting point for several American pop superstars and actors. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Keri Russell, and Ryan Gosling were all on the show and had future stardom. Ha, if I was a betting man, which I'm grateful to God I'm not, I would've bet that it wasn't Sesame Street or The Mickey Mouse Club!!
  23. D. Bradley Cooper Clint Howard is the brother of actor and director Ron Howard; Frankie Grande is singer Ariana Grande's brother; and William Mapother's cousin is Tom Cruise. But Bradley Cooper doesn't have any more famous relatives. Source: various web sites.
  24. HCH said below: HCH, your have either never read the Federal Constitution, or you have failed to understand it. The bottom line is: What you stated below is false. The Federal Constitution does NOT forbid what you say it forbids. There are multiple methods by which former President Obama could become President again. Are they likely to happen? No. But, they are possible. The Federal Constitution would allow it.
  25. i grasp some of the significance of the issues Christians have in formal organization, church authority, human leadership, higher Christian education, intellectual and scientific challenges to biblical beliefs. It can so messy, people are messy... nothing is as seamless as it hopes to be as it is held up to be when it is an religious institution. I appreciate more and more the statement by Paul, "I am determined to know nothing among you but Christ and Him crucified". Why didn't Paul say, we need a finer balance between faith and science and philosophy, or we need to get everybody onto the same intellectual page, in order to make Christ known to the world, or we need to place the very gifted and most intelligent among us in the ruling positions? Because that was not what was needed, that would not be adequate. When Jesus is lifted up higher and even higher by the power of the Holy Spirit being in control of our hearts... Lord be lifted up!!! The Holy Spirit will make every lesser consideration become dust before the glory of God revealed in Christ, his humility, his life, sacrifice, and resurrection and His glory on High, and His arm, His mighty arm to lift us up to live with him now, every moment, in heavenly places. Ervin Taylor concludes in this article "On the surface, Roman Catholic and Adventist clerical administrative authorities may appear to have few problems in common. On the contrary, many of their core problems are very similar. An example: How to keep an educated membership in an open society from increasing their influence and raising so many questions about the validity of traditional theology and polity that the ability of the institutional church to influence opinions and continue to receive income from members will be severely damaged. This is probably relatively simple to deal with in most Third World environments. In the First World, the strains created by this process can be easily seen and can only get worse. It appears that today, Adventists living in the First World are indeed “Living in Interesting Times.” " yes times when the hunger and need for Christ is stronger and getting more apparent every moment....
  26. Gregory, That is true. Pending prophecy is especially difficult to explain before it happens. We can look at 1843 & 1844 TO MAKE THAT POINT. But those who were prayerfully studying then (even though they were not 100% correct in their understanding before the fact) were the ones who finally got it right when it came about. This is most likely part of the shaking process. Those who prayerfully study God's word go through the trials of near misses and those who discount the efforts of the Bible students have their hearts so conditioned, that when the prophecy happens, the non Bible students won't see the fulfillment then either.
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