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  1. Gregory Matthews

    10 Celebrations of SDA Theology

    See: https://atoday.org/ten-celebrations-of-adventist-theology/
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  2. Gregory Matthews

    Satire

    More Satire from the Borowitz Report Republicans protest lack of rioters on the January 6th commission. Biden considers a new plan to convince people to get the vaccine. A G.O.P. punishment for Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Trump received a medical note to avoid serving in his own coup. Putin misses a former employee. Get the Borowitz Report in your in-box. Sign up for the newsletter. NOTE: The best way to access such is to sign up on the last one.
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  3. Gustave

    GHansen, giving credit where credit is due

    I received word today from the Concordia Seminary Archive / Library Director that they were unable to find the quote and citation as found in both Walter Martin's Kingdom of the Cults and Dr. Morey's Death and the after life in any English translation of any of Luther's books that they were aware of. I was informed that the quote was indeed a valid / accurate translation from German into English but that it wasn't from Luther's Work's Volume 25 but rather from Luther's Commentary on Genesis ( as GHansen suspected it was ). I would have lost money had this been a bet! I wanted to compliment GHansen on his command of Luther's materials that have been translated into English and for him having the courage of his convictions to go down swinging. I respect that. According to Concordia Luther was definitely not an advocate of soul sleep and toward the end of his life there was no doubt about that.
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  4. Gregory Matthews

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    Call it as you wish. Under the legal meaning, General discharges are often classified as Honorable.
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  5. Gregory Matthews

    John 7:53 - 8:11

    For a new look at the Biblical story of the woman taken in adultery, see: The Prostitute’s Deliverance | Adventist Today (atoday.org)
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  6. JoeMo

    Body composting , Dont think so

    Spread my composted wife over my yard? I don't think so. Lends a whole new meaning to "dust thou art".
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  7. Kevin H

    Body composting , Dont think so

    Any relatives you don't like?
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  8. Kevin H

    Christmas Trees

    It is so sad when parents do this. I grew up seeing Santa/Jul Nissen as a symbol of the spirit of selflessness and giving, not as a literal person. Every year we would take turns playing Santa or Jul Nissen. This has always kept the symbol special, and no broken heart to learn he is not a real person.
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  9. I appreciate your answer. I'll need to read this over several times but I wanted you to know I find it of value.
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  10. I share these sentiments. I've had some gay friends through the years. I was occasionally approached by gay men for different purposes. A couple of times in SDA contexts before Kinship existed. There are men who just prefer the company of other men, not necessarily for nefarious purposes. Cardinal Newman had a close male friend for years. Of course there were whispers but unless actually caught in the "act" whispers are all that they were/are. Jews are very strict about the accusation of adultery, requiring rather explicit views of the act, before someone can be condemned. There was a time guys could room together with out being alphabeted but not nowadays. Homosexuals come in different stripes. Well adjusted ones just live their lives. Being gay is just one aspect of a life that they enjoy and is a blessing to others. They don't need validation from a congregation or a denomination. They get validated by distinguishing themselves in their professions, not their bedroom habits. Then there are the constricted types who crave acceptance and validation. In a sense, they are seeking permission to be gay. Validation form a church is quite a feather in their cap. People don't need a denomination or a congregation to have a relationship with Christ.
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  11. Gregory Matthews

    Christmas Trees

    Much of our daily life can be associated with paganism. * We worship on Saturday, a day dedicated to a pagan god. * In fact, every day of the week is associated with a pagan god. * In the month of August we were reminded of a Roman god, as we were in other months. * There are many aspects of our normal religious life that were associated with paganism. The fundamental issue is not what some person may have thought of something 4,000 years ago. It is how we consider it today. * Easter while not exact, is very close to the actual death and resurrection of Christ. * Easter, as celebrated in the Christian community is thoroughly Christian, it is not pagan. * Christians do not in any manner use a tree as did pagans. * NOTE: I mentioned a Chrismon Tree. Do you know anything about it?
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  12. I don't have a dog in this fight but if I did my first question would be if he was gay. If he was it would appear to add weight to what B/W Photodude said if that kind of thing was common place. As GHansen said there isn't a provision for validating same sex sexual activity in Sacred Scripture (its also not found in Sacred Tradition). Back at the now defunct CA Forums I got into a debate with a Anglican who was gay that claimed he could do anything sexually to his "partner" that a woman could do for a man IN A CAR, IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT and after doing so waltz into Church and eat a pound of the Eucharist and it would transmit as much Grace as it would to a husband and wife man and woman - he went so far as to say the Pastor giving the Eucharist could be openly gay and validly consecrate the gifts! once Kinship International spools up it will likely take the same path as the Anglican variant. I'm not saying it will but that it's just likely. This is generally what happens. And for the record I'm not saying my sins are worse than the most aggressive buggerite - I stand just as guilty of falling short.
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  13. Gregory Matthews

    Annual Council

    One of the more important meetings of the SDA denomination, the so-called Annual Council, began yesterday, October 7 and ends on October 13. Due to COVID issues, this meeting is a hybrid type in which the majority of the people, who would normally attend in person, will participate by digital means. Only a few people will actually attend in person. One important function of this meeting is that it identifies many of the items that will be considered at the next General Conference session. I commend the General Conference for the transparency that it shows by releasing to the public, the Agenda of Annual Council. The agenda for this meeting runs 104 pages in length and it may be accessed at: https://executivecommittee.adventist.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/21AC-Agenda.pdf I have not had the time to review the agenda in depth. But, I understand from others who have reviewed it in depth that its general tone is to strengthen the level of compliance by lower level organizations with the policies of the higher levels of the organization. Yes, I assume that there is probably much that deals with small stuff and does not actually impact on compliance. Yet I can imagine that it likely deals with control and compliance. In my understanding of final events, I see individual members and congregations as being required to operate indecently without any support from higher levels of organizational structure. From this perspective, I consider that the primary function of higher levels of SDA structure should be to prepare those individual members and congregations to operate independently while successfully fulfill the role and mission that God has given to them in End Time. That I believe should be now. My surface review of the 104 page Agenda results in my asking if this important meeting will actually accomplish what needs to be done to prepare our members and congregations to fulfill the role and ministry that will be needed in the final days of this Earth.
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  14. It matters if you object to, for example, sharing the eucharist with recalcitrant homosexuals, or letting them work with impressionable youth, or any number of other activities associated with the body of Christ. It's not especially unusual for men who have been married to women and have children to become "gay." I can recall at least 7 gay men who were, at one time, married to women. Some had children. I spent about 5 years working with gay AIDS patients, off and on. Sometimes mostly on. I was tested twice due to possible occupational exposure; nevertheless, some SDA gay partisans refer to me as a homophobe because I don't and won't validate homosexual behavior for Christians. "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman" is fairly clear.
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  15. The official position of the SDA church includes the following, in relation to homosexual people: * They are to be welcomed to attend SDA services. Reality being what it is, I have to assume that in some congregations they would not be welcomed. * They are to be celibate, if they want to become a member. Again, reality being what it is, some SDA congregations have members who are not celibate homosexuals. * SDA Clergy are not to perform marriages of homosexual couples. This is strictly enforced. * Non-celibate homosexuals are not to be baptized. A violation would be taken seriously. * They are, other than the above, to be provided with pastoral care.
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  16. pierrepaul

    When Truth is the last thing you want to report

    I got banned by AToday a few weeks ago. I had mentioned 1 Timothy 4:1-5, Colossians 2:16, Romans 14:5 and a handful of other texts which are inconvenient for SDAs. In a way they did me a favour, since I was spending too much time on their site.
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  17. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Is 5:20)
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  18. Gregory Matthews

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    Correct. Thank you for correcting it. However, my teaching of the Investigative Judgment (IJ) is in agreement with your statement in the first paragraph: {quote]While I agree that the General Judgement will be conducted so that everyone both saved and lost as well as the angels will know, at the cellular level - that God's judgement was fair and appropriate. [/quote] I do not teach the IJ in the manner that you have suggested in your 2nd paragraph: As I understand you, I will suggest that you and I have considerable agreement. The so-called "Great Controversy Theme" is related to the idea that if given totally free choice, God's creation would choose to reject God and follow Satan. I acknowledge that may seem to involve the idea that God's law was too hard to follow. But I place the emphasis on the freedom of choice.
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  19. Gregory Matthews

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    Reference has been made to so-called Last Generation Theology, popularized by Andreason. As it developed it became quite legalistic. and is not current thinking of SDAs. Although one can probably find some who accept it. For some information on this see: https://www.adventistreview.org/2013-1528-p42
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  20. Gregory Matthews

    Questions

    With thanks to Marc Clamage & Quora: A blonde sits down on a plane and starts to read her book. The passenger next to her, a lawyer, won’t leave her alone. Finally he says, “Let’s play a game. I’ll ask you a question and if you can’t answer it, you owe me five dollars. Then you ask me a question and if I can’t answer it, I owe you a thousand dollars.” The blonde says, “OK.” The lawyer says, “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” Without a word, the blonde opens her purse, takes out a five dollar bill, and hands it to him. Then she asks, “What goes up the hill on three legs and comes down on two?” The lawyer thinks about this; he does an internet search; he calls some friends; finally he says, “OK, I’m stumped” and hands her a thousand dollars. She takes the money, puts it in her purser, and goes back to reading her book. The lawyer says, “Hey, wait a minute, what’s the answer?” Without a word, the blonde opens her purse, takes out a five dollar bill, and hands it to him.
    2 points
  21. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    😰Worketh patience ☺️ James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
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  22. stinsonmarri

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    I learned today that General Powell had Multiple Myeloma Cancer that is in the blood system. It completely breaks down your immune system and he was already struggling with this awful disease and attraction COVID. This was the extreme complications that he suffered along with his age. Again I am saying a sincere prayer for his wonderful family in their time of grievance. May YAHWEH be with them!
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  23. Gregory Matthews

    The Oldest Person on Earth?

    October 15, 2021 NOTE: The Review has removed both the article and all comments from their website.
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  24. bonnie

    Christmas Trees

    stinsonmarri, I have no idea what your mother's role was at the VA, but if it involved the care, well being and safety of the patients someone would have had to take her place. Did she refuse to work sabbath because of pay or simply because it was considered work? There are those that need the care of others 24/7. Whatever your mother's role it was a decision that was hers to make. If this was a biblical requirement any SDA institution that cared for the sick, vulnerable and needy people would simply have to lock down from sunset fri to sunset sabbath. It would be one thing if it were a secular institution but something like Loma Linda simply could not make allowances for SDA's and demand others work in their place. We had a family that were members of our small church. Very, very wealthy. They built two nursing homes where they were badly needed. The residents of this home needed care 24/7. Should they pay others to come in and break what to them was Sabbath or close down the nursing homes for 24 hours per week so that they could stand for the sabbath in the way same way your mother did? To make sure we are not honoring a pagan name (She kept the Sabbath and honor the true name and not the pagan name! Isa 58:13, 14) What would you suggest we call the other 6 days so we can avoid honoring a pagan name? In fact our academies/colleges would have to as well. I don't think the dean of the academy where my boys went donated 1-24 hours out 7 or refused their responsibilities to over a 100 boys and their parents for 24 hours. Should our local family that sells all kinds of evergreen trees ask what the purpose of the tree is? Are you using this for a christmas tree and or idol? Unless something is an object of worship how does my christmas decorations become an idol?
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  25. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    👑 He is a rewarder 🏆 Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
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  26. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    He is faithful 😇 Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
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  27. Stan

    October 2021 Signs of the Times Newsletter! 

    October 2021 Signs of the Times Email Newsletter FREE offer at end of newsletter! The Signs of the Times newsletter is a collection of stories and quotes from past issues of Signs and These Times. *************************** Thirty men, red-eyed and disheveled, lined up before a judge in a San Francisco police court. It was the regular morning crowd of “drunks and disorderlies.” Some were old and hardened. Some still hung their heads in shame. Just as the momentary disorder attending the bringing in of the prisoners quieted down, a strange thing happened. A strong, clear voice from below began singing. “Last night I lay a-sleeping, There came a dream so fair.” Last night—it had been for them all a nightmare or a drunken stupor. The song was such a contrast to the horrible fact that no one could fail of a sudden shock at the thought the song suggested. “I stood in old Jerusalem, Beside the temple there.” The song went on. The judge had paused and made a quiet inquiry. A former member of a famous opera company, known all over the country, was waiting trial for forgery. It was he who was singing in his cell. Meantime the song went on and every man in the line showed emotion. It was impossible to proceed with the business of the court, yet the judge gave no order to stop the song. The police sergeant, after an effort to keep the men in line, stepped back and waited with the rest. The song moved on to its climax. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, sing for the night is o’er. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna forevermore.” In an ecstasy the last words rang out and then there was silence. The judge looked into the faces of the men before him. Every man was touched by the song; not one in whom some better impulse was not stirred. He did not call the cases singly—a kind word of advice, and he dismissed them all. No man was fined or sentenced to the work-house that morning. The song had done more good than punishment could have accomplished.—From Educational Messenger, Signs of the Times. Quote: “Brother Persistence has won scores of revival victories on the very ground where Brother Feeble Effort failed.”—From The Revivalist, Signs of the Times. *************************** Don't miss the November issue of Signs of the Times: To order Signs, call: 1-800-765-6955 or ONLINE. *************************** From ancient times comes the story of the great king Xerxes and the words that ensued from his reflection on the brevity of life. The Hellespont had been bridged at Abydos, and upon a near-by prominence had been placed a marble throne from which this mighty monarch surveyed the march of the greatest army the world had ever seen. The great Persian army was moving toward the treasuries of Europe. Says Herodotus, "And seeing all the Hellespont covered with ships and all the shores and plains of Abydos full of men, then Xerxes pronounced himself a happy man and after that he fell to weeping. "Artabanus, his uncle, therefore, perceiving him weep, asked as follows: '0 king, how far different from one another are the things which thou hast done now and a short while before now! For having pronounced thyself a happy man thou art now shedding tears.' Xerxes answered, 'Yes, for after I had reckoned up it came into my mind to feel pity at the thought, how brief 'was the whole life of man, seeing that of these multitudes, not one will be alive when a hundred years have gone by!'"—By Charles Lee Paddock, The Watchman Magazine, October 1928. Quote: “In speaking of persons, if you can not say a pleasant word, say nothing.”—Unknown, Signs of the Times, November 21, 1911. *************************** NEW from Pacific Press—Christmas in My Heart, Vol. 30. Many people look forward to the new volume of Christmas in My Heart to give away as gifts, or to add to their own collection. Compiled by Dr. Joe Wheeler, this series has become a classic. Read the first chapter of this book ONLINE. Order online or from your local Adventist Book Center—1-800-765-6955. *************************** “God has forgotten us,” a hungry little girl wailed to her sister. The sister’s lip trembled, but she bravely replied: “No, God has not forgotten us. He has told somebody to help us, and somebody has forgotten us.”—From Near-East Relief Circular, Signs of the Times, December 6, 1921. Quote: “Bad men or devils would not have written the Bible, for it condemns them and their work. Good men or angels could not have written it, for, in saying it was from God when it was their own invention, they would have been guilty of falsehood. Therefore the only remaining possibility is that God Himself is the Author of the Bible.”—By Flavel, Signs of the Times, November 11, 1952. *************************** CLICK HERE to see the largest collection of tracts available. *************************** When World War II ended, Henry Gerecke, a middle-aged US Army Chaplain, was appointed spiritual advisor to 15 of Adolf Hitler's top men-the Nazi criminals of the famed Nuremberg, Germany, War Trials. Chaplain Gerecke was asked to sacrifice his personal considerations to minister to some of the most hated and feared men in the world, men responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews in concentration camps, men like Hermann Goering, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Rudolf Hess, and Karl Doenitz. When the proposition first came to him that he become the chaplain to the indicted Nazis, Gerecke was shaken and perplexed. Searching his heart and mind, he wrestled within himself for an answer. "How can a humble preacher, a one-time farm boy, make any impression on the disciples of Adolph Hitler? he asked himself. Now that the war was over, he looked forward to returning to America after years of separation from his wife and family. "I had plenty of reason for bitterness toward these men," Gerecke reflected later. "I had been at the concentration camp in Dachau, where my hand had been smeared with human blood seeping through a wall. My oldest son, although he survived the fighting, had been literally ripped apart. "But slowly the men in prison at Nuremberg came to me--not war criminals—but simply lost souls whom I was being asked to help. I determined as never before to hate the sin, but love the sinner." Gerecke made up his mind that by the grace of God he would bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to these hated and feared men. In the aftermath of the war, the world might have written off these Nazi leaders as hopeless, but he knew that through the cross forgiveness is possible for anyone. One by one, those of Gerecke's men who were sentenced to death were led to the gallows. Some remained hard to the end. But seven had received Christ as their personal Saviour. Henry Gerecke died in 1961. He was a man who simply and boldly put into practice the love of God for sinners. Perhaps Nazi Albert Speer described him best when he said, "Chaplain Gerecke was a man with a warm heart. He cared!"—Anonymous, Our Times, May/June 1993. Quote: “Short prayers have long wings.”—Unknown, Signs of the Times,November 7, 1906. *************************** Place this in your church bulletin or newsletter: Want to connect with your neighbor? Maybe a loved one far away? Each monthly issue of Signs of the Times® offers a compelling presentation of the full gospel message. The result is changed lives! Send a subscription today. Order from your Adventist Book Center by phone: 1-800-765-6955 or online: https://adventistbookcenter.com/signs-of-the-times-magazine.html *************************** A little girl came in her night clothes very early one morning to her mother, saying: “Which is worse, mama, to tell a lie or to steal?” The mother, taken by surprise, replied that both were so bad that she couldn’t tell which was the worse. “Well,” said the little one, “I’ve been thinking a good deal about it, and I think what’s worst: it’s to lie than to steal. If you steal a thing you can take it back, unless you’ve eaten it; and if you have eaten it you can pay for it. But,” and there was a look of awe in the little face, “a lie is forever.”—Selected, Signs of the Times, July 26, 1905. Quote: “Other books we may read and criticize. To the Scriptures we must bow the entire soul, with all its faculties.”—By E. N. Kirk, Signs of the Times, June 17, 1908. *************************** Everything you need to give a Bible study is found in one place: www.ToolsForEvangelism.com *************************** When Henry Drummond, the writer, was forty-six years of age, he was thought to be dying of a mysterious disease. Weary of the philosophy of evolution, he said to Sir William Dawson, a scientist and a devoted Christian, “I am going back to the Bible to believe it as I once did. I can no longer live in uncertainty.” He did go back. His intellectual wandering ceased, and his soul weariness vanished. It will be the same with you, friend, if you turn back to the Great Book which has outlived the centuries and the philosophies of men.—By H. M. S. Richards, Signs of the Times, November 11, 1952. Quote: “Try to secure some part of each day for meditation. Apart from men we can look ourselves more honestly in the face, lift up our hearts to God, and give our panting lives a chance.”—By Stevenson, Signs of the Times, July 29, 1913. *************************** Looking for an Adventist eBook? CLICK HERE for the largest selection anywhere! *************************** As Jesus Prayed By Charles E. E. Sanborn How much we need instruction! How little yet we know About the way that Jesus prayed, As he went to and fro! Sometimes He prayed the entire night, His dear face bathed in tears. Could we but pray as Jesus prayed How few would be our fears. O, if our Saviour needed prayer, How much our need today! Can we neglect this means of grace And conquer in the fray? No, so we can not victory win; We must without delay— Like holy men of old—implore, “Lord, teach us how to pray.”—Signs of the Times, February 11, 1913. *************************** NEW Signs of the Times special issue for Christmas—A King Is Born! CLICK HERE for a FREE sample copy. 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  28. stinsonmarri

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    That's is what you feel! I cannot change you, nor will I try! You do not see what I see! YAHSHUA said that love will lack cold! That come from HIM and the truth has been shown. Southlake High school is chanting the N word and other places as well. If you don't see what is going on I can't make you see. I do not have that power, THE HOLY SPIRIT does! What came out of YAHSHUA MOUTH is a Law! It is happening now and people who claim to love HIM are not being truthful. The Bible not me says, you cannot love HIM, if you hate your brother! So, that's the principle that I stand on. I can only pray that THE HOLY SPIRIT will enlighten you as well. There is no argument here only love, justice, facts and truth! That's what I believe and you have a right to what you believe. Blessings!
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  29. stinsonmarri

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    Listen very carefully Photodude: You will not accept anything I say about Trump. I get that! I stated what I felt is right base on my faith and belief. I can only pray that you will see that Trump is not what you think he is. I am a created being like you. Only THE HOLY SPIRIT can lead all of us into truth! There is more and more coming out what he did. That invasion of the Congress building was plan. He told them to do it that is why there is an hearing. I cannot convince you and I am not going to try. That not my job, that's THE HOLY SPIRIT! I do not hate you or angry with you. Should not have been before and that I regret and truly sorry for. What I am doing is commenting on what I am led by my faith to do. What I realize now after looking at my life is only prayer can change things. The events are there, the truth is coming out and both you and I must make a choice. That is it and I want to be understood where I stand. Blessings!
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  30. Gregory Matthews

    SDA History

    The General Conference has begun publication of a new journal related to SDA history. The following link takes you to the first issue of this journal, which is 152 pages in length. Check it out. https://documents.adventistarchives.org/ArchivesPublications/Journal%20of%20Adventist%20Archives/JAA%20Vol%201%202021.pdf?fbclid=IwAR21C6obAI9OzyUpY5ePZ6M2qIow-JIXxZFuwR9DU9bC1rAfKb0E9IpCKSc If this interests you, you can sign up to receive notice of future publications at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDTH3fPFKY2VrcntIWC5MCXY_hDaofWDrNU54IJH49z2YGRA/viewform
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  31. bonnie

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    Listed below is a copy of kindergarten level Jim Crow laws. Could you show me the current more restrictive, racist laws. Not an opinion please but laws in force Causes of the Civil War through Reconstruction: Jim Crow Laws HOME LIST OF JIM CROW LAWS THE EFFECT OF THE JIM CROW LAWS ON AMERICANS KU KLUX KLAN CONCLUSION REFERENCES List of the United States Jim Crow Laws (1876-1965) From the 1880s into the 1960s, a majority of American states enforced segregation through "Jim Crow" laws (so called after a black character in minstrel shows). From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas, many states (and cities, too) could impose legal punishments on people for consorting with members of another race. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clients separated. Here is a sampling of laws from various states. _ (Courtesy of http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/jim_crow_laws.htm). Nurses: No person or corporation shall require any white female nurse to nurse in wards or rooms in hospitals, either public or private, in which negro men are placed. Alabama Buses: All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races.Alabama Railroads: The conductor of each passenger train is authorized and required to assign each passenger to the car or the division of the car, when it is divided by a partition, designated for the race to which such passenger belongs. Alabama Restaurants: It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant or other place for the serving of food in the city, at which white and colored people are served in the same room, unless such white and colored persons are effectually separated by a solid partition extending from the floor upward to a distance of seven feet or higher, and unless a separate entrance from the street is provided for each compartment. Alabama Pool and Billiard Rooms: It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards. Alabama Toilet Facilities, Male: Every employer of white or negro males shall provide for such white or negro males reasonably accessible and separate toilet facilities. Alabama Intermarriage: The marriage of a person of Caucasian blood with a Negro, Mongolian, Malay, or Hindu shall be null and void. Arizona Intermarriage: All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the fourth generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited. Florida Cohabitation: Any negro man and white woman, or any white man and negro woman, who are not married to each other, who shall habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room shall each be punished by imprisonment not exceeding twelve (12) months, or by fine not exceeding five hundred ($500.00) dollars. Florida Education: The schools for white children and the schools for negro children shall be conducted separately. Florida Juvenile Delinquents: There shall be separate buildings, not nearer than one fourth mile to each other, one for white boys and one for negro boys. White boys and negro boys shall not, in any manner, be associated together or worked together. Florida Mental Hospitals: The Board of Control shall see that proper and distinct apartments are arranged for said patients, so that in no case shall Negroes and white persons be together. Georgia Intermarriage: It shall be unlawful for a white person to marry anyone except a white person. Any marriage in violation of this section shall be void. Georgia Barbers: No colored barber shall serve as a barber [to] white women or girls. Georgia Burial: The officer in charge shall not bury, or allow to be buried, any colored persons upon ground set apart or used for the burial of white persons. Georgia Restaurants: All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races anywhere under the same license. Georgia Amateur Baseball: It shall be unlawful for any amateur white baseball team to play baseball on any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of a playground devoted to the Negro race, and it shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play baseball in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race. Georgia Parks: It shall be unlawful for colored people to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the benefit, use and enjoyment of white persons...and unlawful for any white person to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the use and benefit of colored persons. Georgia Wine and Beer: All persons licensed to conduct the business of selling beer or wine...shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room at any time. Georgia Reform Schools: The children of white and colored races committed to the houses of reform shall be kept entirely separate from each other. Kentucky Circus Tickets: All circuses, shows, and tent exhibitions, to which the attendance of...more than one race is invited or expected to attend shall provide for the convenience of its patrons not less than two ticket offices with individual ticket sellers, and not less than two entrances to the said performance, with individual ticket takers and receivers, and in the case of outside or tent performances, the said ticket offices shall not be less than twenty-five (25) feet apart. Louisiana Housing: Any person...who shall rent any part of any such building to a negro person or a negro family when such building is already in whole or in part in occupancy by a white person or white family, or vice versa when the building is in occupancy by a negro person or negro family, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five ($25.00) nor more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars or be imprisoned not less than 10, or more than 60 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Louisiana The Blind: The board of trustees shall...maintain a separate building...on separate ground for the admission, care, instruction, and support of all blind persons of the colored or black race. Louisiana Intermarriage: All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent, to the third generation, inclusive, or between a white person and a member of the Malay race; or between the negro a nd a member of the Malay race; or between a person of Negro descent, to the third generation, inclusive, and a member of the Malay race, are forever prohibited, and shall be void. Maryland Railroads: All railroad companies and corporations, and all persons running or operating cars or coaches by steam on any railroad line or track in the State of Maryland, for the transportation of passengers, are hereby required to provide separate cars or coaches for the travel and transportation of the white and colored passengers. Maryland Education: Separate schools shall be maintained for the children of the white and colored races.Mississippi Promotion of Equality: Any person...who shall be guilty of printing, publishing or circulating printed, typewritten or written matter urging or presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and negroes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to fine or not exceeding five hundred (500.00) dollars or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both. Mississippi Intermarriage: The marriage of a white person with a negro or mulatto or person who shall have one-eighth or more of negro blood, shall be unlawful and void. Mississippi Hospital Entrances: There shall be maintained by the governing authorities of every hospital maintained by the state for treatment of white and colored patients separate entrances for white and colored patients and visitors, and such entrances shall be used by the race only for which they are prepared.Mississippi Prisons: The warden shall see that the white convicts shall have separate apartments for both eating and sleeping from the negro convicts. Mississippi Education: Separate free schools shall be established for the education of children of African descent; and it shall be unlawful for any colored child to attend any white school, or any white child to attend a colored school. Missouri Intermarriage: All marriages between...white persons and negroes or white persons and Mongolians...are prohibited and declared absolutely void...No person having one-eighth part or more of negro blood shall be permitted to marry any white person, nor shall any white person be permitted to marry any negro or person having one-eighth part or more of negro blood. Missouri Education: Separate rooms [shall] be provided for the teaching of pupils of African descent, and [when] said rooms are so provided, such pupils may not be admitted to the school rooms occupied and used by pupils of Caucasian or other descent. New Mexico Textbooks: Books shall not be interchangeable between the white and colored schools, but shall continue to be used by the race first using them. North Carolina Libraries: The state librarian is directed to fit up and maintain a separate place for the use of the colored people who may come to the library for the purpose of reading books or periodicals. North Carolina Militia: The white and colored militia shall be separately enrolled, and shall never be compelled to serve in the same organization.No organization of colored troops shall be permitted where white troops are available, and while white permitted to be organized, colored troops shall be under the command of white officers. North Carolina Transportation: The...Utilities Commission...is empowered and directed to require the establishment of separate waiting rooms at all stations for the white and colored races. North Carolina Teaching: Any instructor who shall teach in any school, college or institution where members of the white and colored race are received and enrolled as pupils for instruction shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for each offense. Oklahoma Fishing, Boating, and Bathing: The [Conservation] Commission shall have the right to make segregation of the white and colored races as to the exercise of rights of fishing, boating and bathing. Oklahoma Mining: The baths and lockers for the negroes shall be separate from the white race, but may be in the same building. Oklahoma Telephone Booths: The Corporation Commission is hereby vested with power and authority to require telephone companies...to maintain separate booths for white and colored patrons when there is a demand for such separate booths. That the Corporation Commission shall determine the necessity for said separate booths only upon complaint of the people in the town and vicinity to be served after due hearing as now provided by law in other complaints filed with the Corporation Commission. Oklahoma Lunch Counters: No persons, firms, or corporations, who or which furnish meals to passengers at station restaurants or station eating houses, in times limited by common carriers of said passengers, shall furnish said meals to white and colored passengers in the same room, or at the same table, or at the same counter. South Carolina Child Custody: It shall be unlawful for any parent, relative, or other white person in this State, having the control or custody of any white child, by right of guardianship, natural or acquired, or otherwise, to dispose of, give or surrender such white child permanently into the custody, control, maintenance, or support, of a negro. South Carolina Libraries: Any white person of such county may use the county free library under the rules and regulations prescribed by the commissioners court and may be entitled to all the privileges thereof. Said court shall make proper provision for the negroes of said county to be served through a separate branch or branches of the county free library, which shall be administered by [a] custodian of the negro race under the supervision of the county librarian. Texas Education: [The County Board of Education] shall provide schools of two kinds; those for white children and those for colored children. Texas Theaters: Every person...operating...any public hall, theatre, opera house, motion picture show or any place of public entertainment or public assemblage which is attended by both white and colored persons, shall separate the white race and the colored race and shall set apart and designate...certain seats therein to be occupied by white persons and a portion thereof , or certain seats therein, to be occupied by colored persons. Virginia Railroads: The conductors or managers on all such railroads shall have power, and are hereby required, to assign to each white or colored passenger his or her respective car, coach or compartment. If the passenger fails to disclose his race, the conductor and managers, acting in good faith, shall be the sole judges of his race. Virginia Intermarriage: All marriages of white persons with Negroes, Mulattos, Mongolians, or Malaya hereafter contracted in the State of Wyoming are and shall be illegal and void. Wyoming POWERED BY Create your own unique website with customizable templates.Get Started
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  32. stinsonmarri

    What Does the Bible Say about Plagues and Pandemics?

    Pastor Matthews: You state I come across on things that are over my head. You know Pastor, I never claimed that I know everything. That's your perceptions of me. You use to come and tell me once upon a time, things in a respectful way. Now, you tell me things are over my head. What things? I have commented to people that you feel that the person made a racial remark. You know Pastor Matthew, honestly I do not recall you nor that person admitting that they were wrong. Let me say this, there were more than one person who have made racial, unkind, rude, obnoxious remarks and I have never seen you address the issue. You also do not understand as I stated earlier you should have treated me like any person, not as a Black female. This is also have been stated many times in many occasion by us that this too is a form of racial biasness. It should never come to the point that I have seen, when people make racial remarks not against me but against the Jewish Rabbi, the Haitians, Black Lives Matter Movement etc. If I have done wrong to anyone, I have no problem in apologizing. But lately you question my intellect just like you state something is "over my head." You still have not address the website you presented that was racial sir! Pastor, tell me something, when have I ever ask anyone to convert to my point of view? You have done that to me and you just don't see it. Why did you sent me the book? You don't think that was trying to convert me to your point of view? I have said numerous of time that everyone has to make up in their own mind and it is their choice! Many do not like what I have presented and become nasty others don't! It never ceases to amazes me how a person changes when you point out something in the Bible that they don't like. When that happens they want to become confrontation and argue. When I stand my grounds and even say its your choice, they feel that's not good enough! If I talk to some with kindness, or say prayer can change things, then I am self righteousness. I come to a no win situation with them! When they don't speak the truth and socially put other people down then they are irate because they know they are wrong! Socially, some people come here to vent! We use to come here to learn from each other. I have learned from you and others here and would hope they have learned from me. We should agree to disagree but I feel in my heart you have changed as have others. If you think that I am "over my head," as you states kindly show me where. I am a person that can take criticism when it is merited. Not when other things cannot be accepted equally. Let me be clear saying "over my head," to me is saying I am ignorant! Since we are talking about backgrounds allow me to provide you mine also: I started as a Director for New Haven School system, dealing and directing the CETA Summer School Project for problem children of all colors. I came out of college afterward, and and assist a brilliant person, in writing my first grant for Atlanta Public School for the new CETA program. It was a lot of money funded to us by CETA. The young lady was the Director and I was the Education Only Counselor. The program was to work with young adults who finish and graduated from High School; but still had problems in reading, writing, and math to pass the TABE test. The Atlanta Tech was own at that time by Atlanta Public School. We had teachers to work with them to improve these basic skills. The program was a major success, many of the students successfully pass up to college level. Later in life I saw a need where I move to in the country and wrote a large grant to work with the poor youth and the elderly that also was very successful. I have also did paralegal work, consult businesses and nonprofit businesses on how to operate their businesses. I also work with the Conference here in Georgia providing workshops for Community Services. I have done historical research on Biblical and Afrikan history along with genealogy as well. I am very good in research it is my best strength. I am still working for the unemployment Department at the age of 70. So, I would like for you to let me know where you feel that I was "over my head," in my comments. I can take constructive criticism that is part of learning and growing Pastor. I have come a long ways caring for my parents and almost dying myself. My goal is to show people truth historically from the Bible, how the Afrikan people have been overlooked! I am not a shame to express that. This is something that should be discuss openly without anger, and racial biasness. People who translated the Bible did racial things and have put down people of color, when it was not true. This was done right at the time of Afrikan Chattel slavery. We must all of us together accept that YAHWEH came to all three sons of Noah individually for them to spread the Gospel and they all fail! Now, we all must come together because we ALL ARE RELATED and together we will finish the work! Blessings!
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  33. I found Loren to be a thorough and fastidious fact checker on some work with which he helped me.
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  34. What puzzles me is why a campaign against AToday is being run on Adventistan? If there is a problem with AToday, it should be resolved with AToday personnel. The regular posters here are fully capable of generating drama. No need to borrow some from other places.
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  35. As noted in the previous blog, the Greeks made an advance toward modern scientific research in seeing the world as something that ought to be understood. This was a big step in the direction of scientific research, rejecting the ideas that the world was the abode of gods that should be left alone, or that […] The post What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? Jesus, Science and Research II (What If– 12) appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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  36. Gregory Matthews

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    Interesting. There does seem to be some agreement.
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  37. B/W Photodude

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    Unfortunately, there are a number of beliefs of the early church pioneers which are not held in very good esteem today, "Last Generation Theology" seems to be one of them. Not sure what you can do about it when people start dismissing what were once considered "pillars" of the Adventist faith. I would say there is a currently a significant following to the LGT concepts, some getting it right and some getting it a bit wrong. I would take a very strong exception to the idea that LGT is a very legalistic theology. The concepts of LGT are all thru the Bible and the writings of EGW. Someone (Andreason) just summed them up and put a name to the idea. There are pastors who very much taught the principles of LGT while also strongly emphasizing that it was all about Jesus and very much preached the Love of the Father and the Son for humanity while at the same time pointing out the errors of legalism or works.
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  38. B/W Photodude

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    Actually, many give credit to O. Crosier for the cleansing of the sanctuary, however, like other things Everts may have applied the name to it. Kind of like people getting on the Andreasen's idea of a Last Generation Theology when all the important parts of it were clearly in the Bible and the writings of EGW and other early church pioneers. Here is a four part document written by Crosier: http://www.sdadefend.com/Our Firm Foundation/Crosier-sanctuary.pdf
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  39. Kevin H

    Response to AToday article Ellen White or the Bible

    1 and 2. In the TANAK (what we tend to call "Old Testament") the high priest would enter the most holy place on two different occasions; when dedicating the sanctuary to inaugurate the service and then on Yom Kippur. Dr. Richard Davidson pointed out that in the Septuagint (the best known and most complete copy we have of the TANAK in Greek) uses two different words for the two different reasons for entering. When Hebrews talks about Jesus entering the most holy place, the author of Hebrews decided to use the same word that the Septuagint for inaugurating the start of a new service in the sanctuary, NOT the word that the Septuagint used for entering on Yom Kippur. 3. This is a bit complicated. First; when we look at how other Bible writers quote other Bible writers, they tend not to use what is called "exegesis" which is all the context of the original text. They either use analogy to apply the principles of the text to an analogous situation (Such as how Matthew uses Isaiah 7) or else they use the language to make an application. Thus it is safe to assume three correct ways of using a Bible text: Exegesis; it's immediate context and all that implies. Analogy: Applying the principles to a very similar situation. And what I've heard called "Homiletical" drawing lessons from the words, but not focused on the exegesis or even what can be called an analogy. (Such as when Ellen White said that "we preach the law the law the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa"). We rarely find prophets using exegesis on other prophets; they usually draw analogies or homilies. Mrs. White was frustrated in how people kept wanting to use her writings for exegesis and kept getting questions for exegesis. She saw her job as making application of Biblical principles. She tended to either deliberately ignore requests for exegesis, or tell people that it was their job to study out what it meant, including saying things like "My writings are not to be used to interpret the meaning of the daily." She seemed to enjoy looking at the tools of exegesis. She visited the archaeological finds in museums in Europe and longed to stay studying the finds, but she needed to leave to do her job. To me, some of her statements seem to be baffled that we as church members were not interested in doing our job of studying the exegesis of a text and wanted her work to be the exegesis. A second principle is found in the SDABC vol 4. an article titled "The Role of Israel in Old Testament Prophecy". A while back I found a book covering similar information titled "Old Testament Eschatology". When we do an exegesis of a text we tend not to find very long prophecies. We find God offering his people two ways of spreading the gospel: Either living in the land, blessed by God and have the trade caravans bring messages about them to the world and the world come to learn about the gospel. The other is if not faithful that God would send them curses to encourage change and if nothing else worked, they would go into exile. In exile they were to share with their neighbors their unfaithfulness and God's faithfulness; thus spread the gospel and the exile could end with a second great exodus lead by the messiah. Most of the theological theories about Daniel 8:14 were developed at a time when Belshazzar had been forgotten. We did not know when his third year was until archaeological discoveries in the 20th century. In class at AUC a professor did a little experiment. Taking what we now know was the 3rd year of Belshazzar, and adding 1150 days to it we come to business as usual in Babylon. But if you add 2300 days to it, we come to a year when Medio-Persia was breathing down Babylon's neck, Belshazzar's feast and the early days of the Medio-Persia empire. With the understandings of Old Testament Eschatology; the emphases is that time is running short for sharing the gospel if they wanted the exile to end in a second great exodus lead by the messiah. Daniel 9 is an analogy of the other texts for Old Testament eschatology and Daniel 8. Daniel is saying that the exile was not going to end in the second great exodus lead by the messiah, but that there will be a return to the land and another 70 weeks of years of how God could to bless them in the land and thus lead to the ministry of the messiah. Now, in Daniel 8:14 Daniel does not use the word "days" or "Years" but evenings-mornings, indicating cyclic time. We modern western Greek thinkers think in terms of a time line. The ancients and the east thought in terms of cycles. (An excellent book to read about this is "Before Philosophy" 1946 University of Chicago Press, by Henri Frankfort et. el. I don't know why our church does not get the publishing rights and reprint it. that book would answer many of our arguments). We find the Hebrew Cycles in Leviticus 23 and here and there in Deuteronomy. Leviticus 23 gives the Hebrew week: 6 days and the Sabbath. 6 months and either Passover or Yom Kippur, 6 years and the Sabbatical year or 6 Sabbatical years and the Jubilee. Thus the Hebrew daily cycle would be a day, a month, a year, or in Leviticus we have the possibility to count a 7 year cycle, but Deuteronomy does not have this. So 2300 evenings-mornings would be in ancient cyclic time with Hebrew emphases 2300 days, 2300 months or 2300 years. And it is reapplied in Daniel 9 from the end of Babylon to the 70 weeks of years. 1844 was not the ONLY time that COULD have fulfilled Daniel 8:14, but it is one of the possibilities that Daniel could agree to. I'm sorry that I've gone into the more modern studies and thus evidence that is more complicated than the way we usually share it, back before we learned the additional evidence. For me this additional evidence shows that as we learn more, we find us on the right track and continue to study. No matter which context, Daniel's 2300 evenings-mornings are focused on us developing a deeper relationship with God and us sharing the gospel with the world. So what happened in 1844 for this? While I did not learn the details enough to explain (ok, after my treatise above you can offer a sigh of relief) but Dr. Waterman from Andrews University did a study and found that, according to the early date for the exodus, Yom Kippur 1844 was a Sabbatical year going into a Jubilee. These were historically times of new beginnings. We find shortly before this two huge events, the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone and Edward Robinson had completed his first trip to the Holy Land and published his findings and they were starting to be read. So what was the big deal about these? The deciphering of the Rosetta Stone opened the door for the understanding of ancient languages, and Robison was the first serious scientific study of Biblical Geography which opened the door to Biblical Archaeology. Prior to the 1840s, exegesis was limited to only a fairly small understanding of what the words meant, many words translators had to guess at, and limited knowledge of the geography, culture and history. These two events was the dawning of a whole new age of Biblical studies. A time where we started studying the Bible like never before. Referring back to Frankfort's book: The ancient cycles were also cyclic places, and the idea of the sacred mountain. It was believed that things happening in heaven were reflected on earth and visa versa. Another aspect that we had forgotten about in the ancient world, that Mrs. White has explained to us (and archaeological discoveries confirmed this) is the importance of the Great Controversy in the ancient world, including the Bible. In heaven we have what, I think it was James White, coined as the "Investigative Judgment" to explain what some Adventists had come to describe what happened. The Investigative Judgment is where the angels and beings on the unfallen worlds evaluate the lives of those who claimed to have accepted God into their life. They see if the person did really accept him or just gave an empty claim, and if they did accept him, what difference did Christ make in their lives. As they study us in light of these two questions, they get a better understanding of their own salvation and a deeper love for Jesus. On earth, we get to investigate the pages of scripture like never before. We get to investigate Abraham like never before, and Paul, and other people and events of Biblical history. As we learn more about these, we get a deeper knowledge of the God of the Bible, and the more we know about the God of the Bible, the more we can love the God of the Bible. The two work together. I hope this helps!
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  40. stinsonmarri

    Will Religious Org. Be Required To Force Employees To Receive Vaccine

    I know, you talked and say things unkindly. However when you asked to supply the information you start calling out unkind names. I wonder why? Now, who is really acting childish? Don't you think it would have been nice to say something kind instead of spreading things not true. Commenting is not standing on a street corner, what it is that you need to understand, is for us to discuss things. This forum is to discuss thing of the world as people who see crisis and spiritually address the issues with YAHSHUA always in mind. Praying for you! Bye, Bye!
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  41. stinsonmarri

    Catholics Fund Adventist Camp

    Blessings to you!🥰
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  42. GHansen

    Will Religious Org. Be Required To Force Employees To Receive Vaccine

    Any idea how or why they died "because of the vaccine?" Did they have an allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome? What kind of shape were they in before getting vaccinated i.e., frail/asthmatics/diabetics/obese? Were they apparently healthy people who just suddenly died after getting vaccinated? Condolences to those who survive them.
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  43. GHansen

    Will Religious Org. Be Required To Force Employees To Receive Vaccine

    I wonder about vaccine efficacy. As mentioned, AIDS took ~ 15 years to develop an effective treatment. Still no vaccine I've heard of. Covid developed a vaccine in ~ 1 year. I wouldn't expect that Covid vaccine is as efficacious as others that were years in development. Depends on the virus. Cold and flu shots are not 100% effective, other vaccines must be more effective. Anyway, I only took one micro class and our teacher told us we were dumber than other classes. Better find a physician whose view you agree with and take his/her advice.
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  44. Gregory Matthews

    News

    The Most Hilarious and Original Yard Signs You’ve Ever Seen – Science A2Z (science-a2z.com)
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  45. phkrause

    Say Cheese!

    The children at the Talmud Torah had all been photographed, and their teacher Mrs. Crohn was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Sarah; she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, he's a doctor.'" Little Moishie Meisleman shouted from the back of the room, "And there's the teacher Mrs. Crohn; she's at Pardes Shalom Cemetery."
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  46. phkrause

    Walking Out

    "I hope you didn't take it personally, rabbi," an embarrassed Mrs. Rothman said after Shabbat morning service, "when my husband Morty walked out during your sermon." "I did find it rather disconcerting," the rabbi replied. "It's not a reflection on you, rabbi," insisted Mrs. Rothman. "Morty has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child."
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  47. rudywoofs (Pam)

    Morris Venden RIP

    This is an obituary thread, and the above comment is out of line, in my opinion. Perhaps the forum should have a "venom" thread, where people could malign the dead and keep old wounds open by an inflicting a drop or two of vitriol every so often.
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  48. Woody

    Morris Venden RIP

    Excellent Gregory
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  49. Woody

    Morris Venden RIP

    Yeah. Like YEARS ago. Not now. Let the poor man rest in the grave for a few weeks at minimum.
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  50. doug yowell

    Morris Venden RIP

    Whatever the case, Morris Vendon does now rest in peace.
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