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  2. Says the fly on the wall..."I wonder if I should dig up my theory here about how "the first Christians" were around since WAY BEFORE 4AD?" 😀
  3. Neither was Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia. But the spirit of the antichrist demonstrated by these regimes - as well as the Ottoman empire of the 15th through 19th century - (authoricratic despot government, complete lack of freedom, accepting evil as good and calling good evil, and unrelenting persecution of God's chosen people) has been around since the days of Adam. As branches grafted in, Christian believers are now included as God's chosen people. Christianity was considered a sect of Judaism until the 4th century AD.
  4. What if you were put to the test to deny your faith to a drug cartel member? Someone kidnapped you and when they discovered you are a Christian, they order you to deny your faith or you will die. How about a school shooter? Some crazy kid comes into a school with a gun killing people. When he discovers you are a Christian he demands you deny your faith or live. Would you deny your faith? What about some radical Muslim that kidnaps you and demands you deny your Christian faith or be beheaded? Do you deny your faith? The real question here is if denying our faith to a madman is the same as denying our faith to a legitimate civil authority. The Apostles and martyrs stood before civil authorities and were charged with the crime of heresy. Taking a stand against civil authorities is clearly the example given to us by the Apostles and martyrs from the Dark Ages. Are we also called to prove our faith to madmen? I do not see the two as being the same. I do not believe God calls men to give up their lives because some bullied teenager has gone crazy and started shooting up a school. When arrested by the civil authorities and instructed to renounce my faith, I should be willing to be fed to the lions as the saints in Rome were. I am not convinced denying my faith to a lunatic who doesn't even have the right to ask me to do so, is the same as denying my faith to the civil government.
  5. What is John saying in that verse?? He's telling us that the antichrist is already in the world? Islam was not around yet?????
  6. Trivia Quiz?

    Rick Allen, who lost his left arm in a car accident, is the drummer for which band? Guns N' Roses Journey AC/DC Def Leppard Def Leppard??
  7. There is danger that our ministers will say too much against the Catholics and provoke against themselves the strongest prejudices of that church. There are many souls in the Roman Catholic faith who are looking with interest to this people; but the power of the priest over his charges is great, and if he can prejudice the people by his stay-away arguments, so that when the truth is uttered against the fallen churches they may not hear it, he will surely do it. But as laborers together with God, we are provided with spiritual weapons, mighty to the pulling down of the strongholds of the enemy.--Letter 39, 1887. {Ev 574.2} Avoid Unkind Thrusts.--Let not those who write for our papers make unkind thrusts and allusions that will certainly do harm, and that will hedge up the way and hinder us from doing the work that we should do in order to reach all classes, the Catholics included. It is our work to speak the truth in love, and not to mix in with the truth the unsanctified elements of the natural heart, and speak things that savor of the same spirit possessed by our enemies. All sharp thrusts will come back upon us in double measure when the power is in the hands of those who can exercise it for our injury. Over and over the message has been given to me that we are not to say one word, not to publish one sentence, especially by way of personalities, unless positively essential in vindicating the truth, that will stir up our enemies against us, and arouse their passions to a white heat. . . . {Ev 574.3} It is true that we are commanded to "cry aloud, spare not, lift up the voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isaiah 58:1. This message must be given, but while it must be given, we should be careful not to thrust and crowd and condemn those who have not the light that we have. We should not go out of our way to make hard thrusts at the Catholics. Among the Catholics there are many who are most conscientious Christians, and who walk in all the light that shines upon them, and God will work in their behalf. Those who have had great privileges and opportunities, and who have failed to improve their physical, mental, and moral powers, but who have lived to please themselves, and have refused to bear their responsibility, are in greater danger and in greater condemnation before God than those who are in error upon doctrinal points, yet who seek to live to do good to others. Do not censure others; do not condemn them.--Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 241-244. (1909) {Ev 575.1}
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  9. Trivia

    5 Things Even Bookworms Don't Know About the Library of Congress The Library of Congress is celebrating its 218th birthday today, and the Trivia Today team is ready to party! On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved a $5,000 budget for Congress to purchase over 700 books in what would become the first entries in the Library of Congress. Book nerd or not, we'll bet you didn't know these five interesting facts about our nation's oldest cultural institution. The Library Contains Over 164 Million Entries. The $5,000 budget approved by President Adams on April 24, 1800, was enough to get Congress 740 books and three maps. Today, that number has risen pretty significantly. In addition to over 30 million books and nearly 70 million manuscripts, the library contains over 13 million photographs, 6.5 million pieces of music, 5 million maps, and 3 million miscellaneous recordings spread across 883 miles of shelving. Thomas Jefferson Made $24,000 When He "Donated" His Books. In 1814, British troops burned the Capitol Building—where the Library of Congress was housed at the time—to the ground as part of their siege on Washington during the War of 1812. Most of the library's 3,000 volumes were incinerated. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson volunteered to donate his collection of over 6,000 books to build a new foundation for the library. Despite some controversy around the idea, Congress eventually agreed, and Jefferson was paid $24,000 for his books. The Library of Congress is Home to One of Only Three Perfect Copies of the Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg Bible owned by the Library of Congress was likely printed in the mid-1400s in Germany. It spent nearly five centuries in possession of the Benedictine Order in their monasteries of St. Blasius and St. Paul in Austria before the Library of Congress purchased it in 1930. It is one of only three copies of known existence—the other two belong to the British Library in London and Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. It Also Has Over 120,000 Comic Books. If you thought it was all law books and old Bibles, you're wrong: the Library of Congress also houses the world's largest collection of comic books. There are 6,000 titles in all, including comics from Japan, France, Spain, and Germany dating back as early as the 1930s. As far as American comics go, the library owns the first appearance comics of Spider-Man, Batman, the Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk, as well as Famous Funnies No. 1 which many consider to be the first American comic book. The Library Still Collects Over 8,000 Phone Books Each Year. You know those big yellow directories you use for kindling each year? Well, the Library of Congress keeps them. Today, it holds more than 124,000 directories from over 650 U.S. cities and towns. It also takes in over 1,500 foreign telephone books and directories each year. And you thought they were completely useless!
  10. Noooooo! Its called "Far Right Populism."
  11. So do many "church people" and other people. Thats one of the reasons that it is important for us to not be making a particular drive against any one race or religion. That is the part of Bible prophecy that too many of us are missing out on. The Bible does tell us there are "jews that believed" and I believe the same can be said about Islam. Demons Under Every Doily Theology tells us that we must root out the evil sects, when in fact Bible prophecy does not reveal a single race or religion that could, in the truest Biblical sense, be used to label same as "antichrist." To do so is in direct defiance of scripture and EGW writings.
  12. Joke of the Day

    PHKRAUSE dgrimm60
  13. 10 benefits of walking everyday

    B/W PHOTODUDE thank you for posting this list====it was very interesting and very informative dgrimm60
  14. Joke of the Day

    Owl Joke Q: What do you call an owl with a low voice? A: A growl!
  15. Trivia Quiz?

    PHKRAUSE the answer is WALMART dgrimm60
  16. Sports and Leisure Trivia

    How many squares are there on a checkerboard?
  17. Sports and Leisure Trivia

    Churchill Downs
  18. Bible "Trivia"

    Which book follows Numbers? A. Deuteronomy B. Jeremiah C. Judges D. Ruth
  19. Trivia Quiz?

    Which company is the largest private employer in the world? McDonald’s Amazon Walmart Apple
  20. THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    April 24 Lead Story 1916 Easter Rebellion begins On this day in 1916, on Easter Monday in Dublin, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule. Assisted by militant Irish socialists under James Connolly, Pearse and his fellow Republicans rioted and attacked British provincial government headquarters across Dublin and seized the Irish capital’s General Post Office. Following these successes, they proclaimed the independence of Ireland, which had been under the repressive thumb of the United Kingdom for centuries, and by the next morning were in control of much of the city. Later that day, however, British authorities launched a counteroffensive, and by April 29 the uprising had been crushed. Nevertheless, the Easter Rebellion is considered a significant marker on the road to establishing an independent Irish republic. Following the uprising, Pearse and 14 other nationalist leaders were executed for their participation and held up as martyrs by many in Ireland. There was little love lost among most Irish people for the British, who had enacted a series of harsh anti-Catholic restrictions, the Penal Laws, in the 18th century, and then let 1.5 million Irish starve during the Potato Famine of 1845-1852. Armed protest continued after the Easter Rebellion and in 1921, 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties won independence with the declaration of the Irish Free State. The Free State became an independent republic in 1949. However, six northeastern counties of the Emerald Isle remained part of the United Kingdom, prompting some nationalists to reorganize themselves into the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to continue their struggle for full Irish independence. In the late 1960s, influenced in part by the U.S. civil rights movement, Catholics in Northern Ireland, long discriminated against by British policies that favored Irish Protestants, advocated for justice. Civil unrest broke out between Catholics and Protestants in the region and the violence escalated as the pro-Catholic IRA battled British troops. An ongoing series of terrorist bombings and attacks ensued in a drawn-out conflict that came to be known as “The Troubles.” Peace talks eventually took place throughout the mid- to late 1990s, but a permanent end to the violence remained elusive. Finally, in July 2005, the IRA announced its members would give up all their weapons and pursue the group’s objectives solely through peaceful means. By the fall of 2006, the Independent Monitoring Commission reported that the IRA’s military campaign to end British rule was over. Fact Check We strive for accuracy and fairness. But if you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! Also on this day American Revolution 1781 Phillips and Arnold launch attack on Petersburg, Virginia On the evening of April 24, 1781, British General William Phillips lands on the banks of the James River at City Port, Virginia. Once there, he combined forces with British General Benedict Arnold, the former American general and notorious traitor, to launch an attack on the town of Petersburg,...Read More Automotive 1983 German endurance driver killed in crash On this day in 1983, Rolf Stommelen, a four-time 24 Hours of Daytona champ as well as a Formula One driver, is killed at the age of 39 in a crash at California’s Riverside International Raceway. Stommelen was born on July 11, 1943, in Germany. In 1968, he won his first...Read More Civil War 1863 Union issues conduct code for soldiers The Union army issues General Orders No. 100, which provided a code of conduct for Federal soldiers and officers when dealing with Confederate prisoners and civilians. The code was borrowed by many European nations, and its influence can be seen on the Geneva Convention. The orders were the brainchild of Francis...Read More Cold War 1955 The Bandung Conference concludes The Afro-Asian Conference–popularly known as the Bandung Conference because it was held in Bandung, Indonesia–comes to a close on this day. During the conference, representatives from 29 “non-aligned” nations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East met to condemn colonialism, decry racism, and express their reservations about the growing Cold...Read More Crime 1922 Forensic evidence is introduced in Australia Colin Ross is hanged to death in Australia for the rape and murder of 13-year-old Alma Tirtschke. Ross was one of the first criminals in Australia to be convicted based on forensic evidence. On December 30, 1921, Tirtschke was reported missing in Melbourne. The next day, a constable patrolling Gun...Read More Disaster 1908 Tornado flattens towns in Louisiana and Mississippi A single tornado travels 150 miles through Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving 143 dead in its wake. In total, 311 people lost their lives to twisters during the deadly month of April 1908 in the southeastern United States. Another 1,600 were seriously injured. Two of the locations worst hit by the...Read More General Interest 1800 Library of Congress established President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing the Library of Congress. The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the library’s first home. The first library...Read More 1953 Churchill knighted Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he...Read More 1980 Hostage rescue mission ends in disaster On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.With the Iran Hostage Crisis stretching into its sixth month and all diplomatic appeals to the Iranian government ending in failure, President Jimmy Carter...Read More Hollywood 1982 Jane Fonda’s first Workout video released Hollywood royalty, fashion model, Oscar-winning actress, controversial anti-war activist. Jane Fonda fit all of these descriptions by the late 1970s and 1980s, when she emerged in her latest incarnation–exercise guru. On April 24, 1982, Fonda extended her reach into the home-video market with the release of Workout, the first of...Read More Literary 1940 Sue Grafton is born Bestselling mystery novelist Sue Grafton, creator of tough, divorced private eye Kinsey Millhone, was born on this day in 1940. Starting with A Is for Alibi in 1982, Grafton reached U Is for Undertown, the 21st book featuring Millhone, in 2009. Grafton was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Her...Read More Music 1962 Patti LaBelle makes her debut on the pop charts, sort of Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 1962. In a move that was far from unprecedented at this time—the same thing happened with The Crystals’ “He’s A Rebel” (1961), for instance—Patti and her cohorts were credited with a hit record they had nothing to do with creating. Patti LaBelle was still...Read More Old West 1947 Author Willa Cather dies Willa Cather, the author of several celebrated novels examining the lives of western pioneers, dies in New York. Born in Virginia in 1873, Cather moved with her family to Red Cloud, Nebraska, when she was 10 years old. Although she did not attend regular school until high school, she was...Read More Presidential 1945 Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project President Harry Truman learns the full details of the Manhattan Project, in which scientists are attempting to create the first atomic bomb, on this day in 1945. The information thrust upon Truman a momentous decision: whether or not to use the world’s first weapon of mass destruction. America’s secret development of...Read More Sports 1996 Penguins defeat Capitals in marathon hockey game On this day in 1996, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in 139 minutes and 15 seconds of total game play, making it the fifth-longest match in the history of the National Hockey League. A regulation hockey game lasts 60 minutes. According to NHL rules, playoff matches aren’t allowed...Read More Vietnam War 1967 Westmoreland makes controversial remarks At a news conference in Washington, Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. commander in South Vietnam, causes controversy by saying that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.” Though he said that, “Ninety-five percent...Read More 1971 North Vietnamese attack South Vietnamese installations North Vietnamese troops hit Allied installations throughout South Vietnam. In the most devastating attack, the ammunition depot at Qui Nhon was blown up. On April 27, the aviation fuel tanks at Da Nang air base were attacked by communist gunners, resulting in explosions and a fire that destroyed a large...Read More World War I 1916 The Easter Rising begins in Dublin Around noon on Easter Monday of 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists–members of the Irish Volunteers–launch the so-called Easter Rising in Dublin, seizing a number of official buildings and calling on all Irish patriots to resist the bonds of British control. Since the outbreak of World War I, the leading Irish nationalist,...Read More World War II 1876 Erich Raeder, commander in chief of the German navy, is born on this day On this day in 1876, Erich Raeder, proponent of an aggressive naval strategy and the man who convinced Adolf Hitler to invade Norway, is born. Raeder began his career by violating the terms of the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles, advocating the construction of submarines in 1928 to strengthen the...Read More 1940 Britain begins its evacuation of Greece in Operation Demon On this day in 1940, British forces, along with Australian, New Zealand, and Polish troops, begin to withdraw from Greece in light of the Greek army’s surrender to the Axis invaders. A total of 50,732 men are evacuated quickly over a six-day period, leaving behind weapons, trucks, and aircraft.Read More
  21. Boruch Len’s great photograph of a bee hovering over a cactus flower in the Land of Israel.
  22. Days of Praise

    April 24, 2018 The Good Deposit “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (2 Timothy 1:14) The good thing that Paul referred to surely involves God”s “gift” that young Timothy was given as he entered the ministry. All gifts include the gift of “power, and of love, and of a sound mind” that God has given to all of us (2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit deposited that gift in us, and we are expected to guard it through the same Holy Spirit. The action and responsibility are ours. The means by which we obey is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who entered our bodies at the time of our salvation (1 Corinthians 6:19). That unique down payment of the triune Godhead (Ephesians 1:14) made it possible for us to keep the good with which He entrusted us. The breadth of God’s gift to us is beyond imagining, but there are a few insights that may help us understand His bounty. In the most broad perspective, we are given “to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:11). That gift requires that we be given “the mind of Christ” so that we may grasp these great spiritual truths (1 Corinthians 2:16). The deposit that God placed with us is not a leap in IQ or mental ability. It is truly a “new man” that God has empowered to be “renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10). But this great spiritual capacity must be guarded. There is no guarantee of spiritual wisdom this side of eternity. We must beware “lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). God has made it possible for us to gain the wisdom of holiness so “that [we] might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). HMM III
  23. Trivia Quiz?

    Answer: Amarillo is the 14th-most populous city in the state of Texas, in the United States. It is also the largest city in the Texas Panhandle. The town was first named "Oneida,” but soon changed to Amarillo, meaning "yellow” in Spanish for the color of the soil on the nearby banks of Amarillo Creek and the abundant yellow wildflowers during the spring and the summer. Most of the town's first houses were painted yellow in commemoration of the name change. The city is also known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas".
  24. Bible "Trivia"

    Fill in the blank: "For the _______ of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…" wrath See: Romans 1:18
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