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  2. BlessedMan

    Daniel Revisited

    I guess I could stand somewhat corrected on my one post above. I did not realize how much Cottrell has actually written. When I corresponded with him 20 some years ago it was in relation to an article he had written in a Signs magazine. We exchanged, I think three times over that. But I think the reason I have not been aware of how much he has written, or co-written, is because of some ancient software I have which contains the SDABC, as well as a few other things. That software is no longer available from "Libronix" but his name is not on most of the SDABC in that program, so I think thats why I have been thinking that he has not written a lot. If you have anything in mind that you would class as really important that he wrote, regarding the book of Daniel, I would be interested to give it a read, if you have a link? Your comment above, I felt, was kind of sparse on where it was taken from. If you had a specific document or book he wrote with those things in it, I would be interested.
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  4. BlessedMan

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    any thoughts on eating fish? When I stray from the vegan thing, thats been my first choice. Is there such a thing as "kosher fish?" Im not sure I even know exactly what is "kosher."
  5. B/W Photodude

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    I would say that if you are going to eat meat, only eat kosher meat. For several reasons, I think it would be more healthy if you are going to eat it. It actually has a much better taste to it, along with being slaughtered in a biblically prescribed manner. For those interested in the slaughter business in the US, read the book "Animals in Translation" by Temple Grandin. It is a fascinating book in the way animals think and in ways to slaughter animals more humanely. Her theories have revolutionized the slaughter business with more than half of the slaughter houses following her recommendations to prevent animal panic as they proceed to the slaughter.
  6. Converting the soul 📖 Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
  7. BlessedMan

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    I think I likely could, mostly because of my nursing. But I can imagine that the average person may not have a clue about such things. Especially when we consider the stuff they use to change the color of meat products to make it look "fresh." If people could see what it looks like without any color like that they wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Well, I suppose some would. I better not say the details of a kidney that I sliced up one time for supper when I was a meat eater. I just added extra onions to that one.
  8. B/W Photodude

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    I had an uncle that for a period time worker in a slaughter house. One time he was working on a carcass and noticed a large tumor that he removed. The boss came along and noticed it and made him put it back! Sliced in a butchers case, could you tell the difference from healthy flesh and a tumor by just looking at it?!
  9. B/W Photodude

    A Critical Look at Black Lives Matter

    One of the better articles I have read on the topic of Black Lives Matter. You will understand this movement better after reading it. BLM’s Goals, and Police Brutality The goals of Black Lives Matter can be summarized by 3 points. -Communism, including the redistribution of wealth -Support an LGBTQ+ philosophy, along with the disruption of the “nuclear family structure” -Fight against “racist” police brutality in the United States One of BLM's goals is destroying the family. Leftist government policies have been doing that for decades. Garza, and the folks at Black Lives Matter, can fantasize about getting rid of black fathers all day long, but Reality is no respecter of fantasies. The empirical facts have already confirmed what any thinking, rational person with a brain should have already known; destroying fatherhood will destroy a people. Regarding police shootings: In the case of police-bias in shootings, Harvard economist, Dr. Roland Fryer conducted a study that found no evidence of police bias when it came to shootings. The study did find, however, that there was racial bias in non-lethal use of force, which is very important to acknowledge. On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account. These findings, of course, run contrary to the core claims of groups like Black Lives Matter. Keep in mind that several of the officers her organization has accused of racist violence against black people are black police officers. Black Lives Matter claims to be about peace on their website. "We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another." Yet their actions prove otherwise. Their three main founders often quote Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer, as one of their main inspirations. A "Christian" organization has gotten involved with BLM: InterVarsity “Christian” Fellowship’s Involvement With Black Lives Matter In 2015, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a college ministry with “more than 1000 chapters in over 650 college campuses across the United States,” decided to join hands with Black Lives Matter. https://medium.com/christian-intellectual/the-aftermath-of-black-lives-matter-d8360dd16f39
  10. BlessedMan

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    nothing with eyes or a Mother, eh? I have similar experiences, drifting in and out of vegan or lacto-ovo diets. I am very close to vegan now. In years past I had a job driving semi-trucks and had to make "deliveries" to a large meat-packing plant in Alberta. I also had experience helping a journeyman welder at the same plant, and I could tell some chilling tales of what goes on in those places. I wish I could un-see all that.
  11. BlessedMan

    SDA Schools

    This is a serious problem throughout the church. My kids would say the same; and yes, I think it best to with hold the reasons. Its a nasty mess and likely always will be.
  12. BlessedMan

    Who's fooling who?

    Yes, you are right. I have read things about how cancer might actually be a virus. I seem to recall something in EGW writings that hinted at something similar. But those are fuzzy memories. I do know of one quote because I found it today while looking for something else: I think she uses the word "germ" in a few ways that may hint at "viruses," and related things. I have a short article about it somewhere, but to find it will be a challenge.
  13. B/W Photodude

    SDA Schools

    I think if I had to do it all over again with my kids, I would have home schooled them. One of my kids has flatly informed me that the door of an Adventist church would never be darkened by them related to the way they were treated in church school. I feel fortunate, mostly(!),that I went to church schools, but I guess it is not always a pleasant experience for everyone. I will withhold the reasons for my kids feeling regarding church school, but I can understand their feelings.
  14. B/W Photodude

    Who's fooling who?

    There is a lot of research currently into viruses as cancer killers. I recall many years ago reading an article in Reader's Digest, of all places, regarding one oncologist who noted that many of his patients had reported not getting colds for many years. Numerous other articles I have read since have detailed the research. Seems one researcher noted that cancer cells have a surface protein that viruses are drawn to. Other researchers are looking into pairing chemo with viruses. So, whenever I get a cold I just look at it as my annual "tuneup". However, unfortunately not all cancers are the same and it does not follow for all of them that a virus based therapy would work. There is no "magical bullet" to cure all cancers and likely won't be one. But you never know.
  15. B/W Photodude

    When Did It Become Acceptable?

    I have thru my life been a vegetarian three times divided by two periods of eating meat. I never tasted meat that I remember before the age of 17 when I was tricked into eating a beef taco. I had just arrived in So Cal and never having seen a taco before, it was apparently easy for my brother to trick me! So, it was the start of eating meat for the first time. I was raised a vegetarian because that is what you did if you were a Seventh-day Adventist, at least it was in my family. You could say it was for religious reasons. I eventually gave up meat for health reasons seeing the long term effects of a meat diet. However, eventually I went back to it when in a time when it was difficult to eat well as a vegetarian. Finally, I forever gave up meat when I more became affected by the cruelty to animals displayed by eating them. So, this time it became an ethical issue. I recall EGW writing in Ministry of Healing regarding animals that trust us and we slay them for appetite. A coworker one time was teasing me once about putting silly hats on my dog and taking pictures of them. She said, "That doesn't contribute much to their dignity." I replied, "I contributed to the dignity of animals when I stopped eating them!" Being a vegetarian for reasons of not hurting animals has become the strongest motivation for not eating flesh foods and I have not eaten meat in more than 30 years and have been vegetarian more than 3/4 of my life. I have no issues for those who are forced by circumstances to eat meat. People are more important than animals. Not all parts of the world have the advantage of being able to eat solely a plant based diet. However, when a person is able to do so, the eating of animals then becomes little more than killing animals to satisfy appetite. I would consider non-essential eating of animals a sixth commandment violation. No one will eat meat in heaven and there, animals will be able to trust those humans they come in contact with, even if they do not know them.
  16. BlessedMan

    The Emergent Church and the Invasion of Spiritualism

    Ill check these out later. Its like I have said a couple of times recently; we sometimes "feel blessed," but that doesn't mean we actually are blessed. There is a verse that says "the blessings of the Lord maketh rich and He adds NO SORROW with it." There is a lot of "sorrow" in the express context of this verse when we look at The "One" project. Lots of "qualified" people with "Dr" or "PhD" in front of their name are involved. For me; This kind of "church" is an agenda and propaganda. Its a distraction from Christ and scripture. Unless of course one wishes to lift a verse here or a verse there out of context.
  17. In the Bible it discusses deceptions that may deceive even the very elect. EGW prophesied that spiritualism would invade the church in the end times. We are in the end times with numerous signs all around us. And one of those signs is the invasion of the church by spiritualism. These videos by Janet Lundeen Neuman will look at this issue. Every video is markedly different and traces this invasion which reaches even into conference and division offices. By Invitation Only https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1djWKfMe64 Shades of Grey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqDnextwvY4 Who Do We Follow? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ZS09yPP0M (Technical difficulties may want you to skip to 17:30. Not sure why it was not edited out, but you do not miss any of her talk.) A Church in Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPWCDfTrS3M The emergent church how how it expressed in TheOneProject is looked at. I realize many feel blessed by these events, but feelings should not be your guide to the validity of a movement. I realize these will take an investment in time, but they are a very important message and warning.
  18. BlessedMan

    Daniel Revisited

    Well, Satan was/is a very good "Bible scholar" too. He seemingly can quote it better than most of us. I dont mean to judge Cottrell; but we corresponded a bit years ago and it ended up a sour experience. Seems whenever someone has "Doctor" attached to their name we just go for whatever they say because of their "qualifications." He actually did write some good stuff, Im just stating my opinion on the over-all picture I got. I have something that he wrote which I find quite good. Ill try to find it and post a little more on that.
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  20. JoeMo

    Daniel Revisited

    Dr. Cottrell was an amazing Bible scholar. Some of his opinions got him crosswise with the Church higher-ups; but to my knowledge he never gave up his SDA faith. I'm confident that some of my opinions would get me crosswise with the Church if I was as influential a person as Dr Cottrell was in the organization.
  21. phkrause

    Trivia Quiz?

    Which of these places is the biggest by population? New York City Australia California Sweden My guess is California??
  22. phkrause

    Bible "Trivia"

    The four Biblical accounts of Jesus life are called: A. epistles B. psalms C. gospels D. histories
  23. phkrause

    Trivia Quiz?

    Both Jim Henson and which former U.S. President are fathers to a "Kermit"? Richard Nixon Theodore Roosevelt Abraham Lincoln Dwight D. Eisenhower Theodore Roosevelt
  24. This picture of sunrise in the Hula Valley, by Bar Artzi, reminds us of the blazing energy fueling the land of Israel.
  25. phkrause

    THIS DAY IN HISTORY

    February 26th 2012 Florida teen Trayvon Martin is shot and killed On this day in 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African American teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, is fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman later claimed to have shot... read more » American Revolution 1813 Robert R. Livingston, aka "The Chancellor," dies » Art, Literature, and Film History 1564 Christopher Marlowe is baptized » Crime 1993 World Trade Center is bombed » Middle East 1984 Last U.S. Marines leave Beirut » LATIN AMERICA 1990 Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections » U.S. Government 1919 Two national parks preserved, 10 years apart » Vietnam War 1968 Mass graves discovered in Hue » World War I 1917 President Wilson learns of Zimmermann Telegram » World War II 1935 Hitler authorizes the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe » 1945 U.S. troops recapture Philippine island of Corregidor »
  26. phkrause

    Days of Praise

    February 26, 2020 Lessons from Amos: Seek the Lord “But seek not Bethel. . . . Seek the LORD, and ye shall live.” (Amos 5:5-6) Bethel had a long history with Israel. Abraham camped near Bethel when he first entered the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:8) and “called on the name of the LORD” at Bethel when he returned from Egypt (Genesis 13:3-4). Jacob’s dream of the ladder took place at Bethel (Genesis 28:10-12, 19), and later it was there his name was changed to Israel (Genesis 35:9-15). Later, however, Bethel became Bethaven, the “House of Idols” (Hosea 4:15), after Jeroboam I established a temple to the golden calf (1 Kings 12:28-33). And much later, Assyria, after the destruction of Israel, left false priests at Bethel to corrupt the land (2 Kings 17:27-34). The place became a substitute for the person of God. The danger comes when God becomes fixed to a place or an event where there is more concern for property than people. The kind of place (one’s denomination) substitutes theology for truth, or the experience gives more credence to intuition than inspiration. Worship of place or event supersedes the worship of God. Both substitutes will produce error. The admonition of Amos is to “seek the LORD” (Amos 5:6). The promise is that if we seek the Lord, we “shall live.” We will not find God in a place but in a person (Acts 4:12). We cannot find God in a campaign but in a commitment (Matthew 6:33). We surely will not find God in promises from men but in power from God (2 Peter 1:4). HMM III
  27. Virginia has the honor of being the birthplace of the most U.S. presidents, with eight. The list of U.S. Presidents born in Virginia include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. Virginia was the wealthiest and most populous state in country’s earliest days which explains why so many of the young nation’s first few leaders came from there. To date, only 21 states have been the birthplace of a commander in chief. James
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