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    Gregory Matthews

    The Climate. The Pope & SDAs

    See: https://atoday.org/what-adventists-say-about-climate-change/
  2. 2 points
    BlessedMan

    Running With The Horses

    I had a great trip to the mountains today, and found the wild horses near the top of the one I climbed. (a very small mountain )
  3. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    Happy Sabbath: That springs from the idea that there is a real blessing to be obtained in the expected fellowship with God on that day. The person saying "Happy Sabbath" is stating a hope that you will participate in that blessing. NOTE: I often say, "Shabbat Shalom," which is a Hebrew phrase for wishing someone a happy sabbath. NOTE: The Hebrew word "Shalom" is often translated into English as "peace." Actually that translation fails to fully communicate the Hebrew meaning, which is much more involved than the English.
  4. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Isaiah 58:13 God has often said He laughs at the wicked. How arrogant man is to think that he can removal the sacredness from something God has called holy. The Sabbath day is as holy as when God frist called it holy and will remain so until God in an unmistakable way declares differently. However, He has said He does not change, so in this lifetime I do not see that happening. NOTHING will change the Sabbath day into a profane day before the endtimes and anything attempting to do so will be a deception. No compromises with any group promoting world unity via Sunday "sacredness" is acceptable.
  5. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Athiests Defend Sabbath Keepers!

    See: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/suspended-kabianga-high-school-students-recalled-315266/
  6. 2 points
    james423

    Lesson 5 - From Pride to Humility

    Overall Question: What was the purpose for God treating Nebuchadnezzar the way He did? Memory Text: Daniel 4:3 Good News Translation “How great are the wonders God shows us! How powerful are the miracles he performs! God is king forever; he will rule for all time. Sunday – Is Not This Babylon the Great? Daniel 4:1-33 New Living Translation King Nebuchadnezzar sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: “Peace and prosperity to you! 2 “I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.3 How great are his signs, how powerful his wonders! His kingdom will last forever, his rule through all generations. 4]“I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living in my palace in comfort and prosperity. 5 But one night I had a dream that frightened me; I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed. 6 So I issued an order calling in all the wise men of Babylon, so they could tell me what my dream meant. 7 When all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers came in, I told them the dream, but they could not tell me what it meant. 8 At last Daniel came in before me, and I told him the dream. (He was named Belteshazzar after my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.) 9 “I said to him, ‘Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too great for you to solve. Now tell me what my dream means.10 “‘While I was lying in my bed, this is what I dreamed. I saw a large tree in the middle of the earth. 11 The tree grew very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. 12 It had fresh green leaves, and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. All the world was fed from this tree. 13 “‘Then as I lay there dreaming, I saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven. 14 The messenger shouted, “Cut down the tree and lop off its branches! Shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit! Chase the wild animals from its shade and the birds from its branches.15 But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Now let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the wild animals among the plants of the field. 16 For seven periods of time, let him have the mind of a wild animal instead of the mind of a human.17 For this has been decreed by the messenger; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.”18 “‘Belteshazzar, that was the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now tell me what it means, for none of the wise men of my kingdom can do so. But you can tell me because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.’19 “Upon hearing this, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) was overcome for a time, frightened by the meaning of the dream. Then the king said to him, ‘Belteshazzar, don’t be alarmed by the dream and what it means.’“ Belteshazzar replied, ‘I wish the events foreshadowed in this dream would happen to your enemies, my lord, and not to you! 20 The tree you saw was growing very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. 21 It had fresh green leaves and was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. 22 That tree, Your Majesty, is you. For you have grown strong and great; your greatness reaches up to heaven, and your rule to the ends of the earth. 23 “‘Then you saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, “Cut down the tree and destroy it. But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven. Let him live with the animals of the field for seven periods of time.” 24 “‘This is what the dream means, Your Majesty, and what the Most High has declared will happen to my lord the king. 25 You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses. 26 But the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules. 27 “‘King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.’28 “But all these things did happen to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon. 30 As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ 31 “While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. 32 You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.’ 33 “That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles’ feathers and his nails were like birds’ claws. Daniel 4:26 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Many have wondered why the insane king was not killed, or why his subjects and ministers of state did not placed someone else on the vacant throne during the time Nebuchadnezzar was incapacitated. The following explanation has been offered: Superstitious ancients thought that all mental disturbances were caused by evil spirits who took control of their victim; that if someone should kill the insane man, the spirit would take hold of the murderer or instigator of the crime; and that if his property should be confiscated or his office filled, a grievous revenge would be inflicted upon those responsible for the injustice. For this reason insane persons were removed from the society of men, but otherwise not molested. Daniel 4:30 Good News Translation he said, “Look how great Babylon is! I built it as my capital city to display my power and might, my glory and majesty.” Daniel 4:30 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Nebuchadnezzar’s claim to have “built” Babylon must not be interpreted as referring to the founding of the city, which actually took place shortly after the Flood (Gen. 11:1–9; cf. ch. 10:10). The reference is to the great work of rebuilding which his father, Nabopolassar, began, and which Nebuchadnezzar completed. Nebuchadnezzar’s building activities were so extensive as to eclipse all previous accomplishments. It has been said that little could be seen that had not been erected in his time. This was true of the palaces, temples, walls, and even of the residential sections. The size of the city had been more than doubled by the addition of new areas to old Babylon, as suburbs on both sides of the river Euphrates. Monday – Warned by the Prophet Daniel 4:27 Contemporary English Version Your Majesty, please be willing to do what I say. Turn from your sins and start living right; have mercy on those who are mistreated. Then all will go well with you for a long time. Proverbs 14:31 New Century Version Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Tuesday – “The Most High Rules…” 2 Kings 20:2-5 Common English Version Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Please, Lord, remember how I have walked before you in truth and sincerity. I have done what is right in your eyes.” Then Hezekiah cried and cried. 4 Isaiah hadn’t even left the middle courtyard of the palace when the Lord’s word came to him: 5 Turn around. Say to Hezekiah, my people’s leader: This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears. So now I’m going to heal you. Three days from now you will be able to go up to the Lord’s temple. Jonah 3:10 Christian Standard Bible God saw their actions—that they had turned from their evil ways—so God relented from the disaster he had threatened them with. And he did not do it. Jeremiah 18:7-8 Easy-to-Read Version 7 “There may come a time when I will speak about a nation or a kingdom that I will pull up by its roots or tear down and destroy it. 8 But if the people of that nation change their hearts and lives and stop doing evil things, I will change my mind and not bring on them the disaster I planned. Wednesday – Lifting Eyes Toward Heaven Daniel 4:34-37 Contemporary English Version 34 Finally, I prayed to God in heaven, and my mind was healed. Then I said: “I praise and honor God Most High. He lives forever, and his kingdom will never end. 35 To him the nations are far less than nothing; God controls the stars in the sky and everyone on this earth. When God does something, we cannot change it or even ask why.” 36 At that time my mind was healed, and once again I became the ruler of my glorious kingdom. My advisors and officials returned to me, and I had greater power than ever before. 37 That’s why I say: “Praise and honor the King who rules from heaven! Everything he does is honest and fair, and he can shatter the power of those who are proud.” Thursday – Humble and Grateful Daniel 4:33 Common English Bible Nebuchadnezzar’s sentence was immediately carried out. He was driven away from other humans and ate grass like cattle. Dew from heaven washed his body until he grew hair like eagles’ feathers and claws like a bird. Daniel 4:33 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Many commentators have identified Nebuchadnezzar’s malady as a form of insanity in which men think themselves animals and imitate the beasts’ manner of life. An ancient example of such mental maladies has been attested. An unpublished cuneiform tablet in the British Museum mentions a man who ate grass like a cow (F. M. Th. de Liagre Böhl, Opera Minora [1953], p. 527). It is not necessary to identify Nebuchadnezzar’s malady precisely or to equate it with anything known to medical science today. The experience may have been unique. The narrative is brief, and a precise diagnosis on such meager information is invalid. Philippians 2:1-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. 3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  7. 2 points
    Bravus

    Experimenting with Plant-based Eating

    Growing up as an Adventist we had a predominantly vegetarian diet, but would maybe have some chicken on Christmas or at my grandparents' place. I'd moved away from that and was pretty omnivorous for a lot of years. My two daughters and their partners are both vegetarian, and a fair way toward veganism, and have been for some years. For one of them it is mostly about the environmental impact of animal agriculture, for the other it is mostly about animal welfare and avoiding cruelty. I'd been reducing the amount of meat I ate for a while, and decided this year to be vegetarian for January and vegan for February. It's going well so far and I'm enjoying it: there are a lot more options than there used to be, but it's also about getting past simply substituting 'shmeat' for meat and just cooking entirely plant-based dishes. I think I'll find veganism harder, because I do enjoy an omelette and milk in my coffee and a cheese platter. So, after February, I'll probably go back to being vegetarian, but also minimise use of other animal products like milk and eggs, and choose things like free-range eggs to make that as ethical as possible. I realise there can also be issues with various plant-based foods too, and would work to minimise those. I don't think perfection is possible in this imperfect world. One of the trickiest things of course is that my beloved wife is less keen on vegetarianism, which will be fine: we can eat different things sometimes. Anyway, no big announcements, really, more an interest in discussion and in sharing experiences. One of the things that's been really interesting is that our daughters led us by example, but never judged, preached or scolded. Just stayed in relationship with us and ate what they chose. If asked they'd tell us why, but there was no active evangelism.
  8. 2 points
    phkrause

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    No the Sabbath at sundown comes from the Creation of the earth by God himself!!!!!!! Its not just a tradition its what Jesus did as his custom was!!
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    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Television On January 26, 1926, John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor, gave the first public demonstration of a true television system in London. Baird’s invention was a pictorial-transmission machine that he called a “televisor”. Here are 5 amazing facts you didn't know about the history of television... The First Television Image Was Transmitted in 1925 The first image transmitted for television was done by John Logie Baird and starred a ventriloquist's dummy. It wasn’t easy for Baird to show off his invention because few people believed he had invented what he claimed. When, for example, he went to the newspaper Daily Express, the editor thought Baird wasn’t quite right in the head. He reportedly said that Baird claimed to have a machine where wireless could be used to see images. The editor warned a reporter to watch Baird closely because he might be armed with a razor. The First Color Television Broadcast Took Place in 1951 The first color television program, simply titled “Premiere,” was broadcast commercially by CBS on June 25, 1951. The big problem with the broadcast was that all the television sets at that time only showed images in black-and-white. So-called field-sequential television sets with limited color came out in September of that same year, but the production of these sets was halted because of the Korean War. Additionally, field-sequential color systems were superseded by the NTSC system by 1953. The First Color Television Set Was Really Expensive The first color television set, the RCA CT-100, was introduced on December 30, 1953, but came with a shocking price tag of $1,000, which would be the equivalent of around $9,500 today. Several weeks later, the prototype of their 15-inch model set was shipped to dealers in time for the Rose Bowl Parade in New York, which was being broadcast on New Year’s Day. Admiral came out with its own 15-inch television model several weeks later, which sold for $1,175 or equal to about $11,000 today. During World War II, the BBC Shut Down The plug got pulled on BBC television several days before Britain made its declaration of war on Germany during World War II. And it stayed off the air for nearly seven years. The last program to air before the BBC went dark was a cartoon starring Mickey Mouse. When the BBC came back on in 1946, the first thing viewers saw was the same Mickey Mouse cartoon that the station had ended with. The First Commercial Aired on Television Cost $9 The first TV commercial appeared on July 1, 1941, during a Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. The advertisement was for Bulova Watch and lasted a total of 20 seconds and cost $9. In comparison, a 30-second ad that aired during the last Super Bowl cost an eye-watering $5 million!
  10. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    ARTV--What Is It?

    There is a new SDA presence on the Internet. It is Adventist Review TV Now. The following URL consists of dozens of websites that you can click on to view videos that may range from a couple of minutes in length, to more than an hour. In addition, each of the clickable websites may contain more than a dozen individual segments. The reange of subjects covered is considerable. https://www.artvnow.com/browse As an example, the following is a 2-minute video that is a visual delight, accompanied by music. Other subjects may be informational. https://www.artvnow.com/new-series-2/season:1/videos/red-sea-nature-music
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    BlessedMan

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    I would have to disagree with your interpretation of these and similar scriptures. NONE of them are in deference to the Sabbath - the seventh-day Sabbath that God often called "good" "hallowed" "blessed" etc. Why would God turn around one day and call the seventh-day Sabbath "good," and then say the opposite a few centuries later? of course, the understanding is not to be seen as some fault in God's word; but more in keeping with our constant misunderstanding of same. There is one point we could tentaively agree on here, this "ceremonial" aspect that God was obviously talking about in lev, or other related verses; it is true, He did say that after the cross there was no more use for any of them; but its equally true that He also said this about that "ceremonial" aspects well-before the cross. If there actually were any changes to the sabbath commandment itself; God would not have beat around the bush, He would just say so. Any change in any "one" commandment, would have to be applied to all the other nine. No really good way to justify it otherwise. But more later...
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    Gustave

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    I'll put a couple up then
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    BlessedMan

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    its not really "beating a dead horse," is it, if someone is asking for said reference? I would still be interested to hear just one or two references you would use to make this statement regarding Ellen White. :)
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    Gustave

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    Pk, Are you not also confused as to how The Father, The Son & The Holy Ghost - Prophets in the Old Testament could all say without any hesitation that Christ would not fail yet Ellen White said that there was a real possibility that Jesus could have failed? I would argue that the New Testament is clear that observance of the Sabbath ceased being obligatory for Christians in just as clear language that animal sacrifice and the other appointed times ceased being obligatory. I have zero issue with the devotion you have for the Sabbath, I'm just saying you have nothing to fear from us.
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    BlessedMan

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    glad to see you are commenting from personal experience, rather than a bunch of skull-duggery. :) Well; Ill play "devil's advocate on this one. It is my understanding that adventist teachings are not as much trying to say "the Catholic Church is planning this," rather, it seems more directed at saying, this is what they will, at some point in the future, make the choice to do that. That time has not yet arrived; nor has the time when Sunday" will be "the mark of the beast." I think, correctly understood, Adventists teach that this is something that is to come, but has not yet arrived. It is impossible to prove that RCCs have not done things like this in the past, nor is it possible to show by their express policy that they wont do it again, should circumstances return again that would favor it. In an article published by The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2018, Vol. 20(3) 521–539 In fact, that article goes even further: Its not a huge, nor an unreasonable step from this to imagine how agitation for "sunday" will be realized and carried out in the near future. Just as have many attempts been done in the past. But as Scripture reflects, God's law is perfect, and needs no adjustments, fine-tuning, or changes, such as being disparaged as " cermonial."
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    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    Sometimes that would be a good point. Not saying one way or the other how I see it, but in this case, theiir use of bracketed emphasis was not passed off as "scripture" nor was there any attempt to make out like they were trying to "add" to said scripture. I think many people in writing about all manner of topics use the bracketed emphasis with good reasons. Your point re "adding or subtracting" from scripture is always a good point. I just don't see that being done in this case.
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    B/W Photodude

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    Greta apparently doesn't like to be questioned about her views in the public arena. This sounds "snowflakey" to me! https://trendings.net/as-criticism-mounts-greta-thunberg-threatens-to-leave-facebook-unless-her-critics-are-silenced/a3d1v7b
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    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    Very true Several thousand years ago, the king of Babylon decreed that his subjects must worship only in the way he saw fit. Three Jewish men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, chose to follow their consciences, standing up against the king and his edict. Thus began a standoff that remains famous even to this day (see Daniel 3). Unfortunately, we are seeing the same situation repeating itself today. The Pope is calling for the world to acknowledge and honor Sunday as a day of rest. Legislation that will force the world to worship and rest on Sunday would be the ideal solution. There are many voices clamoring to fulfill exactly such a goal, using the economy, the environment, and even the family as reasons to legislate Sunday rest. Another standoff is obviously on the horizon. Those who refuse to give up the Biblical seventh-day Sabbath will face trials as tough as the furnace faced by Shadrach and his companions. However, we can hold fast hope, knowing that the God who spared the Israelite men from the fiery furnace is coming again soon. Transnational Politics have become mostly a secular enterprise, for now; but without throwing away its historical religious heritage. It would be pretty tough for the RCC to deny their role and goals within the realms of transnational legislation. Will "Sunday" be involved? If we look at the past history; it is easy to dig up reliable documentation which reflects past headlines of RCC efforts at instigating Sunday Laws, of various kinds. IMO the past few Popes have clearly been making efforts at instilling more of the transnational relationships and political influences since around WW1 and onwards. The RCCs rise and spread of the needed pattern of international political development, has for the last number of years, been gradually recognized by the academic community, and by statesmen from around the world. The Holy See has projected one of the mainstream practices of political communication theory. The Vatican (Roman) Holy See, using the influence of the Catholic Church in the world, according to "the Lateran Treaty" (Lateran Treaty) has always been trying to construct a practical political entity not subject to territorial restrictions. This national model poses a challenge to those who would object to the religious influence in international politics. After Second Vatican Council, the Holy See actively integrated into the international community, with the actual behavior required to reshape the religious identity of all transnational political actors. In order to win the recognition of the international community, to expand the spread of historic RCC religious identity, "ecological conversion" is being urged upon all. On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis issued his encyclical on climate change. The Pope recommends Sunday-keeping as part of a global solution to heal our planet. Here's part of the Pope's message: On October 2, 2019 the United States government and the Vatican held a high level symposium on the need of promoting religious freedom. The event was called “Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations.” They discussed the importance of the US and Vatican to partner together with faith-based organizations to advance religious liberty, combat human trafficking, climate change and providing humanitarian aid. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher led out in this event designed to build a society which could truly be “tolerant” and “inclusive.” What is troubling aboout this whole thing is the obvious push to the opposite of not being "tolerant or inclusive" by these two great world powers banding together to promote ‘Laudato Si’ and to attempt to get all the churches involved. The Pope’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ has a very clear mandate for "Sunday rest," or "Sunday Obligation." I am not sure how anyone can miss that. Last year, The National Catholic Register had this to say about civil enforcement of Sundays in Poland: The Catholic Church is quite clear, at its highest levels that they have exercised the "authority" to "change" the seventh-day Sabbath; even calling it "the third commandment" just for added confusion: Instead of side-tracking the issue to gibbering about does the Bible "really" mean what it says about "the seventh-day" it would be well to simply go straight to the sources, as I have done to see what the clear intentions are. The OP is quite correct in what it says about the 2020 plan to rally nations behind climate change and sunday laws.
  19. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    💖 Perfect in love 💕 1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
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    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Legendary Diamonds of The World On January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond was discovered. The diamond was named the Cullinan and it was the largest rough diamond ever found. However, the Cullinan is only one of many famous diamonds. Here are 5 legendary diamonds and their rich history... The Cullinan The Cullinan was found in 1905 at the Premier Mine in South Africa and later cut up. It was divided into 105 diamonds (nine major and 96 minor) plus several chips. The cut diamonds were known as "Cullinan #" (such as Cullinan I, Cullinan II, and so on), with "Star of Africa I" and "Star of Africa II" used for the largest two cut stones. The Cullinan I is mounted in the British Sovereign’s Royal Scepter, while the Cullinan II sits in the Imperial State Crown. The Hope The Cullinan might be the largest known rough diamond, but the most notorious is likely the Hope Diamond, a brilliant dark violet-blue diamond weighing 45.52 carats. The Hope was once owned by Louis XIV and was officially designated “the blue diamond of the crown.” Stolen during the French Revolution, it turned up in London in 1830 and was bought by Henry Philip Hope, after whom it is currently named. It was while the diamond was in the possession of the Hope family that it acquired its gruesome reputation for bad luck. Harry Winston purchased the Hope Diamond in 1949, and 9 years later it was given to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The Excelsior The second largest stone ever found is the Excelsior, which was 995.2 carats in the rough. A high clarity, blue-white stone, found in 1893 by a South African mine worker who picked it out of a shovel full of gravel. Due to its irregular shape, it was cut into 21 polished stones, of which the largest is a marquise of 69.80 carats. A smaller, 18 carat marquise stone cut from the Excelsior was displayed at the 1939 World’s Fair by De Beers.The shape of the stone was out of the ordinary: flat on one side and rose to a peak on the other, somewhat like a loaf of rye bread. It is believed that this is what inspired the diamond to be named ‘Excelsior’, meaning higher. The Regent A truly historic diamond discovered in 1701 by an Indian slave near Golconda, it weighed 410 carats in the rough. Once owned by William Pitt, the English Prime Minister, it was cut into a cushion shaped brilliant of 140.50 carats and, until it was sold to the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France when Louis XV was a boy in 1717, was called The Pitt. It was then renamed The Regent and set in the crown Louis XV wore at his coronation. After the French revolution, it was owned by Napoleon Bonaparte who set it in the hilt of his sword. It is now on display in the Louvre. Taylor-Burton This pear-shaped 69.42 carat diamond was sold at auction in 1969 with the understanding that it could be named by the buyer. Cartier of New York successfully bid for it and immediately christened it “Cartier.” However, the next day Richard Burton bought the stone for Elizabeth Taylor for an undisclosed sum, renaming it the “Taylor-Burton.” It made its debut at a charity ball in Monaco in mid-November where Miss Taylor wore it as a pendant. The famous actress cherished it, but sold it after she divorced Burton and used the $5 million dollars to build a hospital in Botswana.
  21. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Marching vs. Church Service

    See: https://atoday.org/why-i-marched/
  22. 1 point
    Gustave

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    According to Scripture it is the first of all feasts; "..Speak unto the Children of Israel, and say unto THEM, concerning the FEASTS of the Lord....even THESE are my feasts. Six days work shall be done but the seventh day is the sabbath....." Leviticus 23, 1-3. That's numerically #1 in the list given (in Scripture) and beyond that the Jewish Religious Authority (which was valid) up until the Resurrection of Christ had the authority to bind laws onto faithful Jews. This was in fact confirmed by Jesus Himself. God is absolutely moral therefore God's creation was absolutely moral (but with free will). Cain KNEW what he did to Able was wrong without the commandment 'thou shall not kill' being given to him. These types of Commandments are obligatory at all times. What Catholicism maintains is that the ritual or ceremonial aspects of the law were fulfilled by Christ and indeed have passed away and it is these ceremonial or ritual aspects of the law that are no longer binding on Christians. Cain was commanded by nature to not kill his brother but he went ahead and did it anyway - he knew what he did was wrong. A person who wasn't supernaturally instructed about the Sabbath would not be commanded by nature to render external worship to God on that over any other day and therein is the difference & proof the Catechism of Trent called this issue out rightly. Someone outside of Israel that happened to join Israel became (at the point of their joining) part of Israel. Do I buy into the popular beliefs on man-made climate change? NO, I do not at all. Christians are not under the "THE LAW" as it was promulgated prior to the death and resurrection of Christ. Compare the two Scriptures below Matthew 23, 1-4 Vs. Matthew 28, 18-20 The power the Scribes and Pharisees had was removed and transferred to the Church. It was the Church that since the Resurrection had the authority to teach what Christ had commanded. If you are willing to speak to actual Jews they will readily tell you that Paul's teaching was that the Sabbath had terminated as an obligatory observance for Christians. This is something that's well known. Again, I'm not saying that Christians are not under the moral law - far from it. I'm saying that Christians are not under the ceremonial or ritual laws the Israelites were under. The Sabbath was the only Commandment of the ten that had a ritual or ceremonial aspect to it that required supernatural communication so people could even be aware of it. Every Culture throughout history has dedicated or set aside some time for the worship of it's god's - the fact this can be observed proves that indeed there is a natural law within man that something is greater than himself and that people should show external worship to what they understand is God. Granted that there is only one God and the Jews were worshipping that real God however this isn't the point for our discussion. The point is that a Pagan, who had zero knowledge of the ritual or ceremonial aspects of Jewish law, could still, "do by nature the things contained in the law" and were approved in God's sight. This should be all anyone needs to see to know that the ceremonial aspects of the law were NOT what God wrote on the heart and in fact were / are worthless for Salvation. The Catholic Church simply won't persecute people who like to worship on Saturday. You would have to count the Ethiopian Orthodox, a 50 million member Church as a fellow victim because they "observe the 7th day Sabbath" & won't eat shrimp, pork or anything classified as unclean by the Torah. I have never heard anything from that group whereas they think the Catholic Church will persecute them for their Sabbath views. Have you? There is one such Church down the street from where I live, I've got to know one of these guys that worked at a gas station I stopped at all the time. They are VERY devout about the Sabbath (on Saturday) and would never eat no kosher foods. I have never once heard them make the claims about the Sabbath being the reason for being attacked or singled out.
  23. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Lunch Debt Forgiven

    See: https://spectrummagazine.org/news/2020/bolingbrook-church-eliminates-school-lunch-debt
  24. 1 point
    james423

    Lesson 4 - From Furnace to Palace

    Memory Text: Daniel 3:17 New Century Version If you throw us into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from the furnace. He will save us from your power, O king. Sunday – the Golden Image Daniel 3:1-7 New Living Translation King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue ninety feet tall and nine feet wide and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Then he sent messages to the high officers, officials, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the provincial officials to come to the dedication of the statue he had set up. 3 So all these officials came and stood before the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.4 Then a herald shouted out, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! 5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. 6 Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”7 So at the sound of the musical instruments, all the people, whatever their race or nation or language, bowed to the ground and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Monday – The Call to Worship Daniel 3:8-15 God’s Word Translation 8 After that happened, some astrologers came forward and brought charges against the Jews. 9 They addressed King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your Majesty, may you live forever! 10 Your Majesty, you gave an order that everyone who hears the sound of rams’ horns, flutes, lyres, harps, and three-stringed harps playing at the same time with all other kinds of instruments should bow down and worship the gold statue. 11 Your order said that whoever doesn’t bow down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you appointed to govern the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men didn’t obey your order, Your Majesty. They don’t honor your gods or worship the statue that you set up.” Revelation 13:11-18 Good News Translation 11 Then I saw another beast, which came up out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb's horns, and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It used the vast authority of the first beast in its presence. It forced the earth and all who live on it to worship the first beast, whose wound had healed. 13 This second beast performed great miracles; it made fire come down out of heaven to earth in the sight of everyone. 14 And it deceived all the people living on earth by means of the miracles which it was allowed to perform in the presence of the first beast. The beast told them to build an image in honor of the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was allowed to breathe life into the image of the first beast, so that the image could talk and put to death all those who would not worship it. 16 The beast forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to have a mark placed on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17 No one could buy or sell without this mark, that is, the beast's name or the number that stands for the name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Whoever is intelligent can figure out the meaning of the number of the beast, because the number stands for the name of someone. Its number is 666. Tuesday – The Test of Fire Exodus 20:3-6 Common English Bible 3 You must have no other gods before me. 4 Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 Do not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a passionate God. I punish children for their parents’ sins even to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me. 6 But I am loyal and gracious to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. Deuteronomy 6:4 Modern English Version Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God. The Lord is one! Wednesday – The Fourth Man Daniel 3:19-27 New English Translation 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and his disposition changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times hotter than it was normally heated. 20 He ordered strong soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So those men were tied up while still wearing their cloaks, trousers, turbans, and other clothes, and were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 But since the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace was so excessively hot, the men who escorted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed by the leaping flames. 23 But those three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell into the furnace of blazing fire while still securely bound. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was startled and quickly got up. He said to his ministers, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw into[l] the fire?” They replied to the king, “For sure, O king.” 25 He answered, “But I see four men, untied and walking around in the midst of the fire! No harm has come to them! And the appearance of the fourth is like that of a god!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire. He called out, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the most high God, come out! Come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego emerged from the fire. 27 Once the satraps, prefects, governors, and ministers of the king had gathered around, they saw that those men were physically unharmed by the fire. The hair of their heads was not singed, nor were their trousers damaged. Not even the smell of fire was to be found on them! 1 Corinthians 15:12-26 New International Reader’s Version 12 We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead? 13 If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn’t mean anything. Your faith doesn’t mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We are witnesses that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised. 16 If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn’t mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven. 18 Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost. 19 Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else.20 But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise from the dead. 21 Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. 22 Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive. 23 But here is the order of events. Christ is the first of those who rise from the dead. When he comes back, those who belong to him will be raised. 24 Then the end will come after Christ destroys all rule, authority and power. Then he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father. 25 Christ must rule until he has put all his enemies under his control. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Thursday – The Secret of Such a Faith Hebrews 11 Holman Christian Standard Bible Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. 2 For our ancestors won God’s approval by it.3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.5 By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God. 6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful. 12 Therefore from one man—in fact, from one as good as dead—came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and he was offering his unique son, 18 the one it had been said about, Your seed will be traced[g] through Isaac. 19 He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, and as an illustration, he received him back. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones. 23 By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter 25 and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. 26 For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites. 29 By faith they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed. 32 And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received their dead—they were raised to life again. Some men were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection, 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. 38 The world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these were approved through their faith, but they did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better for us, so that they would not be made perfect without us. Friday – Further Thought 1 Peter 13:9 Christian Standard Bible 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials 7 so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Luke 16:10 Contemporary English Version Anyone who can be trusted in little matters can also be trusted in important matters. But anyone who is dishonest in little matters will be dishonest in important matters. Daniel 3:15 Contemporary English Version Now I am going to give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue when you hear the music, everything will be all right. But if you don’t, you will at once be thrown into a flaming furnace. No god can save you from me.”
  25. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    The Big Bang?

    See: https://atoday.org/god-and-the-big-bang/
  26. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    ⏳ Wait for Him ⌚ Lam 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
  27. 1 point
    Gustave

    The Big Bang?

    Thanks, at least for a little bit I get to enjoy the fellowship with you folks.
  28. 1 point
    Gustave

    The Big Bang?

    Ex nihilo This is what the article appears to be saying. If that is what the article is saying I agree with it.
  29. 1 point
    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    BUT...the seventh-day Sabbath is not one of those "feasts." Thats the first point. There are other points to be made here as well. Rom 2:14 simply tells us that even when people don't have a Bible, they "by nature" still know whats right and whats wrong. As it also says: Romans 2:14 is not a definition of "nature" it simply tells us that people are able to choose right or wrong because of that "measure of Faith," which is that "nature" by which we all know what God said. And God did say "the seventh-day..." is THE Sabbath. (and not of Moses). It will always be "the Sabbath of The Lord thy God."
  30. 1 point
    Gustave

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    Romans 2, 14: When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Man is evidently not commanded "by nature" to observe any feast on the Jewish Liturgical Calendar. By nature it is not meant plants, animals and the like. This is speaking of what man "naturally knows", what his nature or consciousness tells him, it's that little voice each of us have that says what is wrong or right.
  31. 1 point
    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    THIS sounds like "The Unknown God..." Putting an upper-case N at the beginning of this word doesn't turn it into some kind of divinity! I hope thats not what you mean by "nature." There is nothing in the Bible about "by nature." for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: (Acts 17:26) "Nature" seems like a very "unknown God" to me. "Nature" does not tell us yes or no to scripture.
  32. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    Suffer for righteousness 1Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
  33. 1 point
    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    In the 1600s or so, as well as other points in history, Roman Catholics sort of did it to themselves, with some rather stringent legislation regarding "The Sunday Obligation," and "receiving of the sacraments." In turn, when Protestant's gained the political the upper-hand; in some cases; they retaliated with some pretty strong stuff of their own: This denominational brinkmanship just wont go away. Catholics still feel that "Sunday" is essential, and has "special importance:" They have always sought to enforce, in one degree or another "Sunday" by civil authorities. "Sunday" appears to be a very big part of RCC solutions to "climate" change.
  34. 1 point
    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    Roman Catholics do seem to have some amazing apologetics for what you have posted:
  35. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    6 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Johnny Carson On January 23, 2005, former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson died at age 79 at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Here are 6 shocking facts you may not know about Johnny Carson... He Started Out as a Magician Johnny Carson discovered his love for entertaining people when he found a book on magic at a friend’s house. He quickly ordered a magician’s kit through the mail and started practicing his skills on family members. His mother sewed him a cape and he got his first paid gig at the age of 14, when he performed as “The Great Carsoni” and was paid $3 for a show. His magic performances continued when he joined the Navy, and at one point, he even performed magic tricks for the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. He Had His Own Talk Show Before Taking Over the Tonight Show. Carson got into radio broadcasting in the 1940s while in college and continued to broadcast after moving to California. He landed jobs as a comedy writer and suddenly found himself hosting on TV when his boss at the time, Red Skelton, suffered an injury. Carson became the host of the Johnny Carson Show in the mid-1950s. His Tonight Show stint didn't begin until 1962. He Hosted a Game Show Carson was picked to host the game show Who Do You Trust in the late 1950s, which is where he met Ed McMahon, who worked on the show as the announcer. It was a program where couples competed, and the man would be asked if he wanted to answer the question of whether his wife should. Carson spent a large part of the show interacting with the contestants, which helped land him the job on The Tonight Show after the retirement of Jack Paar. He Started a Toilet Paper Crisis Carson’s influence was so huge that he created a toilet paper crisis by just joking about it. In 1973, in jest, Carson alluded to an alleged toilet paper shortage in the markets. This created such panic in his viewers that people began to buy and stock up on toilet paper, creating an actual shortage in the market. Stores and manufacturers had to ration supplies until the alarm ended and Carson apologized for his role in starting the brouhaha. He Made The Game Twister a Pop Culture Sensation If it hadn’t been for Johnny Carson, Twister may have never gotten off the ground. On the night of May 3, 1966, host Johnny Carson played a game of Twister with glamorous actress Eva Gabor, star of television’s “Green Acres.” Sidekick Ed McMahon worked the spinner as Gabor and Carson soon became playfully entangled. Sales of the game soared the very next day! Twister proved a runaway success and has sold well ever since—all it took was a demonstration. He Taught Himself Russian and Swahili Carson did a lot in his lifetime, and that included learning languages to a conversational level. Carson reportedly learned Russian in about five months before traveling to Russia. After his retirement, he taught himself Swahili, which he used to communicate during several trips to Africa.
  36. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Who's fooling who?

    Question: Who's fooling who? [The title of this thread.] Answer: HCH.
  37. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    📜✒️ Ye are sealed 📖 Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
  38. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Roe v. Wade On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its famous Roe v. Wade decision, which protected a woman’s ability to choose whether or not to give birth. Here are 5 things you should know about Roe v. Wade on its anniversary... Jane Roe’s Real Name Was Norma Leah McCorvey Jane Roe, the 21-year-old represented in the Supreme Court decision was actually Norma McCorvey, a woman who had already given up two children for adoption. She originally tried to say she had been raped, which was the only way to get a legal abortion in Texas, but the evidence was lacking, so she contacted two lawyers and took the case to court. McCorvey Never Actually Had An Abortion It took over three years before a decision came from Roe v. Wade. During that time, McCorvey, despite being the woman in the case, never once attended a trial and ended up having the baby. Again, McCorvey put the baby up for adoption. The Court Ruled in Favor of McCorvey in a 7-2 Decision On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the watershed ruling that a woman's right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th Amendment. After the decision, SCOTUS had to work on consent issues, both parental and spousal, as well as struggling with appropriate waiting periods for women hoping to get an abortion. McCorvey Has Tried To Have Roe v. Wade Overturned In 2003, after converting to Christianity, McCorvey filed a motion to have Roe v. Wade overturned, citing that "abortion hurts women." The following year, the motion was dismissed. Norma McCorvey eventually became a Christian, left her job at an abortion clinic, and would go on to become a powerful pro-life voice. McCorvey died in an assisted living home in Texas at age 69, in February 2017. Most Americans Support Legal Abortion Public opinion on legalized abortions has changed little since the time Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. According to Gallup polls in 1975, 21 percent of respondents supported abortion for any reason, 54 percent supported it under certain conditions and 22 percent were against it. In the latest poll taken in 2019, 25 percent of respondents supported abortion for any reason, 53 percent under certain circumstances and 21 percent opposed it.
  39. 1 point
    stinsonmarri

    Who's fooling who?

    Henry, once again you do not make sense. Eze 4:6 is very clear that a day is a year in prophetic time. Here is the proof when Gabriel stated very clear about the 70 weeks in Dan 9:24 Cyrus issued on 537 B.C the original Persian Law to restore the Temple. If you know why the Persians were selected let me remind you from the Bible. I now give you permission to make a law that will save the lives of your people. You may use my ring to seal the law, so that it can never be changed. Esther 8:8 CEV YAHWEH chose the Persian specifically because their cannot be changed their laws once seal by the king. So, when there seem that the prophetic appointed time was not going to go through Darius Hystaspes in 519 B.C. confirmed the original law of Cyrus. On 457 B.C., in the seventh year Artaxerxes, again obeyed the command who sent Ezra to Judea to start the rebuilt of the temple. Ezra 6: 14, 15 It took 7 weeks (a day in prophetic time a years), so that would be 49 years, which is 408 B. C.! The 62 weeks time was silence, no other time was given by the minor prophets! This time was 483 years that ended in A. D. 27 the exact time of THE TRUE MESSIAH'S BIRTH! Seven years and in the midst of those seven years, YAHSHUA die on the tree around A. D. 34 and the stoning of Stephen ended the calling on the Hebrews to continue as YAHWEH chosen IsraEL. Like the Canaanites were given 430 years, the Hebrews were given 490 years! The reason is simple why YAHWEH uses prophetic time instead of man's calendar years because they are off! It all has to do with the lunar/solar Calendar that was given in Creation. Also, most do not understand what the flood actually did, there was so much water that earth was moved from it original place during Creation. The word season should not being used for the Hebrew words "ulov'adimem," which means appointed time, place, or YAHWEH Special meeting or appointed days! Gen 1:14 Before the flood, the earth temperature was neither cold or hot nor was there any rain. The people were tall, the animal were of great sizes and the vegetation was large as well. There were no mountains only hills and plains and the cursing of the ground was only thistle and thorns. Man had to till it but it reaped abudance of crop all the time. The crop would grow because of the abundant of dew, the temperature and the clean air and chemical regneration of the soil and the air. However, after the flood thing changes, the people height shorten due to eaten animal flesh and the change of the weather and bacteria that were formed. Animals shorten their size for killing and eating animals and the green verbage was not the same. It was during the flood that bacteria and other pest were created to eat up the decayed bodies of both people and animals. Mountain were causes by the tossing of large waves, the movement of the land being broken up there was a lot more going on then we relize. All to cover up the dead bodies more than the people of the earth today! The eight people who came out of the ark was still tall but because of man's sin everything shrink and the earth was sick. Noah was also told: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Gen 8:22 You do not realize that the earth is off and the moon only travels 29 to 30 days around the earth to make up a month. The Catholic calendar, that even SDA keep including Easter, Holloween, Christmas, January 1 are what Gabriel told Daniel; that the pope will think, attempt to change YAHWEH Time and HIS Law but it won't be for long. So, YAHWEH still uses HIS Set Time of the lunar/solar calendar that cannot be decipher by you or any creature here on earth. Why? HE can multiply by dividing and add by subtracting; our ways are not HIS WAYS, nor are our thoughts HIS THOUGHTS. Isaiah 55:8-9 You nor anyone can fathom HIS TIME or HIS Laws. Scientist think suns HE Created dies, or stars are being created in Orion Belt. They think they know what a Quazar is or a Nova. Never been out there to see but only through a telescop that is manmade!They still do not understand what black matter is, or why the Universe has no bottom. Zillons on Zillion x Zillions of constelations are in the vast Universe hanging on what? Do you know! The secret things does belong to HIM and what HE share with us is HIS WISDOM and MYSTERY that even Satan cannot fathom and you think you can. Get a life, you can't. Each prophet had visions of time, and it was an angel of YAHWEH that send them the understanding and you have the nerve to think you can figure out YAHWEH'S MATH! You cannot and will not only the wise that he chooses will understand! You have turn you back on THE CREATOR thinking that you have all the knowledge that HE choose to give to the one HE wants. People that have pride and shows no humilty is not who YAHWEH CHOOSES. They are humble people, fill with reverence and adoration for THE MOST HIGH! Again, I reach out to you before it is too late Henry to pray, confess you sins with humbless and ask HIM to lead you His way through THE HOLY SPIRIT! Used your mind for good, I know you can! With love Marrian!
  40. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    Cleanse your hands James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
  41. 1 point
    BlessedMan

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    Good point; but what does THAT have to do with not keeping the original seventh-day Sabbath? Sometimes in Adventist circles, I have attended communion on days other than the Sabbath. That does not mean that the Sabbath has been changes, moved, or omitted? Are you sure this is all there is to it?
  42. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Didn't Know About The Concorde_2 On Jan 21, 1976, the first Concorde supersonic jets took to the air from London, England, to Bahrain and from Paris, France, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To mark this landmark in aviation history, here are five things you didn't know about the Concorde... Two Flights Took off Simultaneously Most airlines are happy when their first jet takes off, but Concorde got a double-dose of that happiness: Two planes took off at 11:40 a.m., one in London and one in France. These were the first commercial flights for the company after years of testing. The supersonic speeds cut air travel time substantially, but the cost of fuel at the time—and the amount of fuel that the planes consumed per flight—made the tickets expensive. The plane became a symbol of wealth and privilege. Only One Photo Exists of the Concorde Flying at Supersonic Speed The Concorde flew at an average speed of 2170 kph - that's twice the speed of sound. A Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado once asked if it could practice an intercept of the Concorde, chasing it all the way out over the Atlantic, eventually giving up. On another occasion, the Concorde purposefully slowed down so the pilots of the fighter jet could snap a photo, said to be the only one of the plane flying supersonic. The Concorde’s High Altitude Interfered With Spy Planes The Concorde could cruise at about 60,000 feet, which is much higher than a normal passenger plane, and passengers could look out and see the curvature of the earth. The United States Air Force high-altitude SR-71 Blackbirds, which are reconnaissance planes, were flown at about the same altitude with their pilots on oxygen and in spacesuits. At least once, air traffic control had to ask the Blackbird pilots to get out of the way, so the supersonic jet could land at JFK Airport in New York. The Concorde Was Much Faster Than Other Commercial Planes It took eight hours for a regular commercial jet to fly from New York City to Paris. However, the supersonic Concorde could make the same trip in less than 3.5 hours. Its maximum cruising altitude was 60,000 feet at a speed of 1,220 mph, which was over twice that of a normal subsonic aircraft. The Russians Built a Copycat Version of The Concorde While militaries of the United States and Russia raced to the moon, civil aviation companies raced to supersonic flight. Dubbed the Tupolev Tu-144, this Russian plane was, unsurprisingly, a spitting image of the British/French Concorde creation. The Russians actually beat the West to supersonic flight on the 26th May, 1970, becoming the first commercial plane to exceed Mach 2. The primitive prototype was shortlived, however, following a horrific crash at the 1973 Paris Airshow when its pilots attempted to show up the Concorde in a head-to-head face-off for aerial superiority. This all but sealed its fate and saw the Concorde victorious commercially.
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    BlessedMan

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    I think some people only want to read about "their" day. And thats what misses the whole point of the text. It says "the Sabbath of The Lord Thy God." I had someone earlier this week say to me "Can you tell me more about "your" Sabbath; and that was the first thing I said to them, that it isn't "my Sabbath;" it's God's.
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    phkrause

    Pope Francis 2020 plan is to rally Nations behind Climate change and Sunday law

    I notice that this has been answered!! I was going to say the same, read the first six days!! Wouldn't follow that the 7th day was the same?????
  45. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    The Catholic. Church is not worried about us at all. We are to small for us to concern them at all. The article was the work of one person who writes each week about some person. He finally got to EGW. Look him up and see who he has written about.
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    Yes, the article was clear - so why would they write an intentionally misleading and false headline? Why lie when the truth is sufficient? Yes, I am quite confident that this call, like the hundreds or thousands of calls before it, will also fall on deaf ears. 😀
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    Gustave

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    How arrogant of man to remove the sacredness of the Day of Atonement and call it and the Sabbath a "shadow" after Jesus' death and Resurrection (Leviticus 23, 26-32 Compared with Colossians 2, 16-17. Particularly after God said the Day of Atonement was an "appointed time" (just like the sabbath) FOR EVER throughout the generations of Israel. Something to consider when pondering this would be asking yourself if God would ever reach a point where it would be insignificant (to God) that you violated the commandment about stealing, lying, cheating or murdering. God said, in speaking of the Sabbath; Isaiah 1, 14: When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. These are ALL ritual / ceremonial "appointed times" on the Israelite Liturgical Calendar - these were NOT native / natural to the people of Israel any more than they would have been native / natural to the Chinese or Greek peoples. They were introduced to Israel by supernatural means exactly as Scripture says they were: See: Ezekiel 20, 12 / Ezekiel 20, 20 / & Nehemiah 9, 14: "YOU [God] made known to THEM [Israel] YOUR holy Sabbath and gave them commands, decrees and laws THROUGH YOUR SERVANT MOSES". Look at the following: Exodus 16, 29: See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. The Lord did what there? He gave them [the Israelite's] the Sabbath and I'm going to assume here that you would agree that the Sabbath WAS "holy to the Lord"? Yes? I'm also going to assume that you would agree that the "blowing of the trumpets" on the 1st day of the 7th month was also 'holy to the Lord' (Nehemiah 8)? God "gave" or educated Israel as to these things. Leviticus 20, 26: You are to be holy to me BECAUSE I, THE LORD, AM HOLY, AND I HAVE SET YOU APART FROM THE NATIONS TO BE MY OWN". The Israelite's had DIFFERENT Feast days, different diet, different hair styles and cloths from ANY other nation - God said these distinctive's were a unique SIGN between God and Israel yet you argue that everyone since Adam observed the seventh day Sabbath until they forgot about it???? I have to say this idea does not seem very logical. Understand I'm all for your devotion of the Sabbath, it's really incredible. I would say SDA devotion to the Sabbath is past Catholic or Orthodox devotion to the Mother of God. The last time I went to an SDA Church I would have needed a clicker counter to accurately document every time someone said "Sabbath". Literally everyone I walked past said "Happy Sabbath" to me and I could tell they expected to hear the affirmation back. That was probably 30 or 40 times just walking into the Church. The pre- Church class started where the leader of the class again said "Happy Sabbath" & everyone responds back with the same affirmation, then the guy says prayer and thanks God "for the Sabbath". Eventually everyone goes into the main area and hold the Church service and the Pastor says "Happy Sabbath" and everyone says back at him "Happy Sabbath", then the Pastor says Prayers over the congregation and thanks God for the Sabbath. This experience reminded me of the Japanese culture of bowing to each other or iguana's when they shake the salt out of their mouths and it they keep doing it over and over again. I'm sorry but to be honest this seemed excessive and almost like "programming". I'm not saying that the SDA is a cult or anything like that - I'm not even saying that you shouldn't have a devotion to the Sabbath if that helps you in your Christian walk - more power to you. All I'm saying is that the Catholic Church doesn't want to persecute you for the Sabbath's sake nor is the Church planing to do this. Of all the Christian Churches out there I'd say that the Catholic and Orthodox is most like or similar in nature to how the Jew's worshiped at the time of Christ - in fact Christianity started out as a Jewish offshoot.
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    Gustave

    Ellen White Listed as "Heretic of The Week" on Catholic Herald Website

    1. The original Sabbath was ceremonial / ritual and Christians were instructed it's purpose was terminated (Colossians 2, 16). 2. Yes, Catholics serve it daily with particular emphasis on the 1st day of the week - just like the Apostles did in the New Testament. 3. Yes, that's all there is to it.
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    hch

    Who's fooling who?

    When a lack of understanding and spiritual discernment prevails, the results is that "some honest souls have been driven to take positions against the visions and against the body, which they never would have taken had their cases been managed with discretion and mercy."--Testimonies, vol. 1, pp. 382, 383. (1863) I can only teach what I understand upon the subject presented and encourage everyone to check the facts. If GM's assessment of what I have presented is right, I will be embarrassed. When the spiritual discernment that the Lord has blessed me with is proven to be the heart of the third angel's message that we need to have to see us thru to the kingdom, my testimony will be that I made countless efforts to present the warning in every possible way that I could find to make it clear and to encourage further study.
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