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  1. 2 points
    Theophilus

    Bible burning

    While I agree with you that burning a Bible isn't really a good thing, for my money the Bible has been misused for a long time by this country. I cannot believe the amount of people in our government who profess to be Christian, but are about the worst examples I've seen. Total uncaring for their fellow man, only interested in lining their pockets, allowing families to be separated, etc, things that break your heart- but there is not a darn thing you can do about it. Opus Dei, etc. I just shake my head. Jesus' name gets thrown around a whole lot, and I guess that is supposed to be some stamp of approval. No. It is just as much blasphemy as verbally taking His Name in vain. Against all of these, burning a Bible is far less. I don't condone it, mind you, I love the Lord, and His Word, but God would require we were acting our religion. I'm sure His heart is far more broken by seeing children being taken from their parents that seeing someone burn a Bible or two. For me, I hope we get a more people oriented majority elected.. Whether you attach God's name to a party, I don't know, but it sounds like you might, in my eyes, what we have now is an inhumane government. Christians do not act as we are acting.
  2. 2 points
    james423

    Lesson 7 - Sharing the Word

    Memory Text: Isaiah 55:11 New Century Version The same thing is true of the words I speak. They will not return to me empty. They make the things happen that I want to happen, and they succeed in doing what I send them to do. Sunday – Symbols of God’s Word Psalm 119:105 Common English Bible Your word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey. Jeremiah 23:29 Christian Standard Bible “Is not my word like fire”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and like a hammer that pulverizes rock? Luke 8:11 English Standard Version Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Matthew 4:4 New International Reader’s Version Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man must not live only on bread. He must also live on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Deuteronomy 8:3) Monday – The Creative Power of God’s Word Hebrews 1:1-3 Contemporary English Version Long ago in many ways and at many times God’s prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. 2 But now at last, God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will someday belong to the Son. 3 God’s Son has all the brightness of God’s own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word, he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven. Hebrews 4:12 Good News Translation The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. Psalm 33:6 Modern English Version By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth. Psalm 33:9 Common English Bible Because when he spoke, it happened! When he commanded, there it was! Tuesday – The Benefits of Studying God’s Word 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. John 17:14-17 New Living Translation 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Wednesday – Applying God’s Word 1 John 1:7-9 New International Version 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Philippians 4:13 New Life Version I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength. Philippians 4:19 New Testament for Everyone What’s more, my God will meet all your needs, too, out of his store of glorious riches in King Jesus Hebrews 3:19 New English Translation So we see that they could not enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 4:1-3 Common English Bible Therefore, since the promise that we can enter into rest is still open, let’s be careful so that none of you will appear to miss it. 2 We also had the good news preached to us, just as the Israelites did. However, the message they heard didn’t help them because they weren’t united in faith with the ones who listened to it. 3 We who have faith are entering the rest. As God said, And because of my anger I swore: “They will never enter into my rest!” And yet God’s works were completed at the foundation of the world. Matthew 13:58 Christian Standard Bible And he did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. Thursday – Studying the Word Isaiah 50:4 Easy-to-Read Version The Lord God gave me the ability to teach, so now I teach these sad people. Every morning he wakes me and teaches me like a student. Ecclesiastes 3:1 New Century Version There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season. 2 Timothy 4:2 The Living Bible to preach the Word of God urgently at all times, whenever you get the chance, in season and out, when it is convenient and when it is not. Correct and rebuke your people when they need it, encourage them to do right, and all the time be feeding them patiently with God’s Word. 2 Timothy 4:2 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES What Paul seems to have contemplated was not merely that he should perform the duty at stated and regular times; but that he should press the matter as one who had the subject much at heart, and never lose an opportunity of making the gospel known.
  3. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    Masks on Airplanes

    Why would you want to? An airplane is one place you will have difficulty with social distancing. And why would you want to stress out everyone around you because you want your nose out of your mask? You may not be aware, but when they test for Covid they stick a specimen brush well up into your nose in a rather uncomfortable fashion. That is one place the virus can be found.
  4. 2 points
    BlessedMan

    3 word devotional

    THIS one is perfect too! Tomorrow night - weather permitting; I will be on top of a mountain to experiment with night sky photography. The mountain Ill be on is surrounded by other ones. This scripture will be seen in a new light from there, I am sure!
  5. 2 points
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    🌈 promise Lord is around about His people Psalm 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
  6. 2 points
    BlessedMan

    Spiritual Abuse

    I think calling it "abuse" is just plain over the top and out of touch with reality. While I have questioned how much we should focus on the scarier parts of prophecy, and the Bible, in general, I cannot see any sensible reason to "apologize" for it at all. Its quite common these days to be called "abusive" soon as someone doesn't like something one may say, think, or do. The article, if I were to adopt it in its entirety would make me feel like I was still giving the world the wrong message by saying that the Bible is "wrong," so just pay attention to what you like, and label as "wrong" or 'abusive" anything you don't like. Its a much bigger picture than "abuse."
  7. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    Spiritual Abuse

    I have been thinking over this article for several days. I considered doing a serious answer to the article, but decided not to. So, I will just make a few points. I read this article and it necessitated reading the original article. Between the two of the articles, I was very concerned about a number of things. First of all that a pastor of forty years could write such an article. I fear for the spiritual safety of his congregations. He seemed to trash every thing from understandings of the Bible all the way thru EGW and on to President Wilson. Unbelievable. In fact, trashing Wilson seems to be the rule for an article to be published on aToday. In the second article he trotted out a number of people who related feelings of fear regarding the close of probation. I can see some fear in the people who experienced it as children, however, they are all adults now. While those teaching the close of probation certainly got it wrong at times, the reality is that all these scared individuals have not taken the time to open up their Bibles and do as the Bereans did and see if these things are true. Only a small amount of church members even read their Bibles today and an even smaller amount even read EGW (some estimates have put it at about 2% of the church members read her books anymore). Then EGW is accused of scaring people. Sorry, got news for you, but the Bible is even scarier for those in rebellion. Some of the pronouncements on the wicked by some of the prophets are pretty intense and graphic regarding what God is going to do to those who are lost. I mention these things because I intensively read EGW and am approaching having read nearly 10,000 pages of her writings. The one thing I see more than anything else is how much God loves people and what He has done to try and win their hearts. Even in the Bible God pleads with people to turn and be saved and in frustration ask, "what more could I have done?" One of the things attacked in these articles is Wilson suggesting that probation is closing soon. It really should have been closed a long time ago, but that is a another discussion. But the serious error in Seibold's screed is that God is arbitrarily going to slam the gates of mercy shut and people will be trying to be saved and be lost. I don't think what he says could be further from the truth. The close of probation will come when every person has personally decided one way or another who they will follow. Everyone will have decided already before that event. One pastor compared the closing of probation as a "going out of business event." No one is any longer seeking forgiveness or to have the mind of Jesus anymore. So, given all I have written and noting the general tone of the article including the choice of words, it really makes me wonder where the influence of this article comes from. I see nothing of heaven or the Holy Spirit in it and will leave you to decide who inspired his articles.
  8. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    For Your Consideration

    See: https://spectrummagazine.org/views/2020/perfection-without-mediator-good-news
  9. 1 point
    phkrause

    Picture Perfect

    Old Mrs. Katz decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist, "Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and gold Rolex." But you're not wearing any of those things," replied the artist. "I know," she said. "It's in case I should die before Mr. Katz. If he remarries, I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry."
  10. 1 point
    phkrause

    Zoom Sermon

    With Coronavirus affecting High Holiday services, Rabbi Solomon decided to give two versions of his sermon – one for those who would be coming to shul on High Holidays while social distancing, and one on Zoom a few days prior for those who would not be in attendance. One of those who joined the Zoom sermon was a reporter for the local newspaper who wanted to report on the Rabbi’s sermon. But as he was giving the same sermon both times, using the same stories, he asked everyone on Zoom not to repeat the stories so as not to spoil it for the others. The next day, the reporter published a story on the Zoom sermon which concluded with a line stating, “Rabbi Solomon also told a number of stories that cannot be printed."
  11. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    💒 Dwell in thy presence Psa 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.
  12. 1 point
    phkrause

    How Long Is The Test?

    Right, lets just throw out Soros without one shrewd of evidence! Also there are a number of others that could easily have done this, but I will not put out any names because there are no indications that they are involved either!!
  13. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Didn't Know About The Louvre Museum August 10, 1793, marked the opening of the Louvre Museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government. Here are five things you didn’t know about the world's largest art museum... It Only Had 721 Works of Art When it First Opened When the Louvre first opened, there were only 721 works of art at first (537 paintings, 184 objects). Today, it houses over 38,000 pieces of art from all over Europe. Covering 60,000 square meters, it is estimated that a visitor would need around 100 days to completely tour the museum and see it all. Trying to tour the Louvre in one day is impossible. The Museum Started Out as a Fortress The original Louvre was a moated fortress constructed in 1190 by King Philip II. The fortress became a palace in the 16th century, and when the Palace of Versailles became the home of the French monarchy, a section of it was used to house the Louvre and its art academies and was expanded over the years. It houses many famous works of art such as the “Mona Lisa” and paintings by Johannes Vermeer. Napoleon Temporarily Renamed The Museum After Himself Interestingly, Napoléon Bonaparte actually (and temporarily) renamed the Louvre after himself. He called it the Musée Napoléon. In addition, during his rule Napoleon had the Mona Lisa hung in his private bedroom! After the emperor's reign ended in exile in 1815, the museum was given its current name, the Musée du Louvre. The “Mona Lisa” Is Smaller Than People Think Those lucky people who’ve seen the “Mona Lisa” are surprised at how small it is, measuring only 21 x 30 inches. The painting has bodyguards who shield it from harm and is surrounded by bulletproof glass. The 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa and its subsequent return was reported worldwide, leading to a massive increase in public recognition of the painting. About 6 million people view the painting at the Louvre each year. The Louvre May Be Haunted The Louvre goes back to 1190, so it is reported to have an eclectic collection of ghosts that haunt it. Some of those said to be ghostly wanderers in the Louvre include a mummy named Belphegor, a WWII German soldier, Roman soldier, painter, and a young muse. The most famous ghost is that of Jean l’Ecorcheur, nicknamed “Jack the Skinner,” who was a henchman of Catherine de Medici and probably someone you wouldn’t want to meet in the dark.
  14. 1 point
    news

    A Different Look at “Signs of the End”

    If wars, earthquakes and famines are signs of the age, it should not surprise us that what many call the “signs of the end” have been with us from the beginning of the Christian age. There were false messiahs already in Jesus= day (Acts 5:36-37), and plenty more shortly after. While peace characterized the Roman […] The post A Different Look at “Signs of the End” appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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    B/W Photodude

    How Long Is The Test?

    I suspicion you have been watching too much CNN, the news network with the ratings falling thru the floor because they have gotten so many stories wrong. Not sure where "story after story" came from (CNN?!), but I have heard none of such. Having lived in Portland on/off for decades, it is a hardcore leftist city and the nearest "white supremacists" are all the way over in Idaho. They had riots going on for over 60 days in that city. Funny that the claim that they are a bunch of right wing / white supremacists has barely been mentioned by leftist politicians! So we shall see. The Justice department has over 300 open investigations going on. The count of leftist versus extreme rightists will be interesting to see.
  16. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    👣promise 👣 👣 Lead me in the way everlasting Psalm 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  17. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Facts About The Bombing on Nagasaki & Hiroshima_2 On August 9, 1945, the United States detonated a nuclear device over Nagasaki effectively bringing the war with Japan to an end. Here are 5 things you didn't know about an attack that ended the Pacific portion of World War II. Japanese Citizens Were Warned About the Upcoming Nuclear Attack Days before the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, American planes dropped leaflets that warned residents of the cities to evacuate. The pamphlets said that bombs could not differentiate between military factories and people, so as part of America’s humanitarian beliefs, citizens were being asked to save their lives. Radio broadcasts also warned citizens every quarter of an hour, and after Hiroshima, those in Nagasaki were told to run. The Bombs Used on Nagasaki and Hiroshima Were Different The two bombs were very different since “Little Boy,” the bomb used on Hiroshima, was made of enriched Uranium-235, and the one used on Nagasaki used 8 kg of Plutonium-239. The latter was sourced through a much more detailed process. The United States used the difference to evaluate each bomb's effectiveness. To Build the Hiroshima Bomb, the United States Used All the Uranium That Existed Building Little Boy by using 141 pounds of Uranium came at a price since it used almost all the uranium that existed at that time. In “Command and Control,” author Eric Schlosser said that the majority of the Uranium was destroyed before reaching the supercritical phase. Schlosser noted that only .7 g of uranium was used to create an explosion that killed about 80,000 people in Hiroshima. One Japanese Man May Be the Luckiest in History A Japanese citizen, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, survived the blasts in both cities and is recognized by the government of Japan as the only person to do so. On August 6, 1945, he was in Hiroshima as part of his work for Mitsubishi and was in the blast but survived. He went back to Nagasaki on August 7 and was in the city for the second explosion and survived that too, dying at age 93 in 2010. The Pilot of The Enola Gay Met Hiroshima Victims on This Is Your Life In 1955, ten years after the bombing, several Japanese victims were flown to America to receive plastic surgery. US television thought it would be a good opportunity to reunite victims of the Hiroshima bombing with the co-pilot of the plane which dropped the bomb. Footage of the extraordinary meeting was featured in a US documentary, and it appears that the meeting was every bit as awkward as you might expect.
  18. 1 point
    B/W Photodude

    How Long Is The Test?

  19. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Wrigley Field On August 8, 1988, the lights went on at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Previously limited to daytime games only, Cubs fans could now watch games at night under powerful, bright lights. Here are five things you didn't know about Wrigley Field... It Took 47 Years for Lights to Be Added to Wrigley Field Lights were supposed to be added to Wrigley Field back in 1941. However, once Pearl Harbor was bombed and the U.S. entered World War II, the steel meant for the lighting setup was donated to the war effort, putting a stop to all lighting plans. In addition to that, Chicago ordered Wrigley Field to avoid all night games because of the potential for bothering neighbors. It wasn't until 1988 that the city and the organization that ran Wrigley Field agreed on terms that allowed night games to occur. And Then the First Night Game Got Rained Out Of course, the universe has a sense of humor, and after waiting all those decades for a night game at Wrigley, the very first night game was rained out during the bottom of the fourth inning. Baseball games need to get through five innings to be considered an official game, so while the Cubs-Phillies matchup is technically considered the first night game at Wrigley Field, it's not considered the first official night game. That honor goes to the Cubs-Mets game played the next night, on August 9. Catching a Home Run Ball Is Subject to Strict Etiquette Thinking of catching a Cubs game at Wrigley and hopefully catching a home run ball for a souvenir? You can do one or the other, but not both at Wrigley. There the tradition is to hand home run balls back to the Cubs players who hit them or to throw the ball back on the field if it was hit by an opponent. This etiquette extends outside the park, too. If someone finds a home run ball that's been hit out of the park, that person is supposed to try to throw the ball back in. The Famous Ivy Backdrop Was Planted in 1937 Ivy has adorned the outfield walls at Wrigley Field for so long that it's basically impossible to imagine baseball without it. In 1937, Bill Veeck Jr., the son of the Cubs's president, planted ivy vines against the outfield wall. It was originally 350 Japanese bittersweet plants and 200 Boston ivy plants, but the Boston ivy eventually took over. So Far, No One's Hit the Scoreboard With a Baseball The Wrigley Field scoreboard is a huge, manually operated board that sticks out and up -- ripe for more than a few hits with baseballs. Or so you'd think. Despite its prominent placement, it has never been struck with a batted ball. One man was able to hit it with a golf ball; that was golfer Sam Snead when he teed off from home late and hit it in 1951.
  20. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    💪promise Strength in my soul Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
  21. 1 point
    Theophilus

    How Long Is The Test?

    Some of the looting, as i understand it, is done by White supremacists. Remember the Umbrella Man? Also, Antifa means Anti -Fascist, so the only thing wrong with that is some conservative members of the govt use that group as an enemy, while other groups are just pushed aside. And I think stinsonmarri was using that just that as an example of how involved the youth are becoming.
  22. 1 point
    JoeMo

    How Long Is The Test?

    Support for BLM also appeared in some Rocky Mountain Conference and Union periodicals. I was shocked. BLM as a slogan is okay (maybe); but BLM as an organization looks to be a terrorist anarchist organization just like Antifa. The Bible says "by their fruits you shall know them". The only fruit I see in their rioting, looting and assaults on innocent bystanders is demonic.
  23. 1 point
    B/W Photodude

    Bible burning

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cGEiK2lRUk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQYmF0FL5Wo www.youtube.com:watch?v=VQYmF0FL5Wo.webloc
  24. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Food For Thought

    See: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/06/trump-unchecked-power-nuclear-arsenal-392522?cid=apn
  25. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Didn't Know About The Purple Heart_3 On August 7, 1782, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created the “Badge for Military Merit,” otherwise known as a “Purple Heart.” Here are five things you didn't know about the Purple Heart... The Original Purple Heart Was a Cloth Patch The current design of the Purple Heart falls in line with other military awards, with a purple and gold ribbon that is pinned to the uniform, and a metal heart with a gold-colored likeness of George Washington. Originally, it was a purple cloth heart, first plain and later embroidered with the word "Merit" in white. The medal was redesigned in the 1930s. Civilians Used to Be Able to Receive a Purple Heart Journalist Erie Pyle is one of the most famous civilians to earn the Purple Heart. Pyle was a war correspondent who covered World War II from the trenches of Europe. He was killed during the Battle of Okinawa. Civilians were eligible to receive the Purple Heart between 1942 and 1997. Today, they receive the Defense of Freedom Medal. World War II Holds the Record for Most Purple Hearts Awarded As of August 2019, almost two million Purple Hearts have been awarded. World War II saw more Purple Hearts awarded than any other conflict — by a lot. In fact, about 1.07 million Purple Hearts were awarded during World War II, more than were awarded in all of the other conflicts of the 20th century combined. The Gulf War of the early 1990s saw the fewest awarded, with fewer than 1,000 medals. Some Famous People Have Received The Purple Heart Although each Purple Heart recipient deserves widespread recognition, a handful of honorees standout as household names. Some famous Purple Heart recipients include actors (Charles Bronson, James Garner, Rod Serling), writers (Kurt Vonnegut, Oliver Stone), athletes (Warren Spahn, Pat Tillman, Rocky Bleier), and even animals Sergeant Stubby the dog and Sergeant Reckless the horse. Animals Can No Longer Receive a Purple Heart Unless It's Commemorative Animals have long shown that they are just as brave as humans. For this reason, an animal that was wounded in combat used to be eligible to receive the Purple Heart medal, and a few actually did. However, this honor was later stopped in 1944 because an official thought the idea of an animal receiving the award could be seen as insulting to injured humans. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed legislation that officially barred animals from receiving the medal. Since then, some animals have received commemorative Purple Hearts, namely existing medals from humans who donated one of theirs
  26. 1 point
    JoeMo

    Bible burning

    This is the beginning of persecution. Now it's burning Bibles by demonically possessed rioters in Portland. I would not be surprised if the next move is declaring the Bible to be racist white supremacist hate language to be banned. After that, Christian churches will lose their tax exempt status. Christians are already being arrested for singing in church white rioters and looters are ignored or released without bond. When will we start being arrested for worshipping a white supremacist God? What would have happened if the Portland thugs burned Q'ran's? God help us if the godless left wins in November.
  27. 1 point
    B/W Photodude

    Food For Thought

    More Trump Derangement Syndrome. President Trump has used markedly less military power than any recent president, including the most recent president. So, he has power. That is why you choose wisely who your president is going to be. Reagan may have been showing cognitive decline at the end of his presidency, but one person running for president is showing serious cognitive issues and he hasn't even been elected yet!
  28. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    Food For Thought

  29. 1 point
    news

    Signs of the End: Are the Signs Really Signs?

    When I was eight years old, I stood with my parents in front of our home and watched Sputnik (the first man-made satellite of earth) move with surprising speed across the night sky. Shortly after that an earnest fellow believer declared, “God will never let man land on the moon, Jesus will come first.” For […] The post Signs of the End: Are the Signs Really Signs? appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
  30. 1 point
    Rahab

    Richard O’Ffill

    Died July 29, 2020 79 years old a dedicated SDA pastor and evangelist
  31. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    🥰 promise Shall reap in joy Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
  32. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Lesser-Know Interesting Facts About Lucille Ball On August 6, 1911, Lucille Desiree Ball, one of America’s most famous redheads and beloved comic actresses, was born near Jamestown, New York. Here are five lesser-known facts about Lucille Ball... She Was Registered With The Communist Party As reported by The Los Angeles Times in 1953, Ball was once connected to the Communist Party. Apparently, it was a “short association” in 1936, but her family was investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Ball explained her connection by saying the only reason she registered as a Communist was to please her grandfather, Fred Hunt, a Socialist. “Star Trek” Wouldn’t Have Existed Without Her If it were not for Lucy, there would be no Star Trek today,” former studio executive Ed Holly told Desilu historian Coyne Steven Sanders. CBS wasn’t interested in “Star Trek,” but Ball, who was talented at spotting a new show that would appeal to large numbers of viewers, overruled the decision and had the pilot produced. The initial pilot bombed, so a second pilot was made and funded by Ball that starred William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. Star Trek ended up making the 1966 fall TV schedule. Ball’s Pregnancy Was the First on Television As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, she also made headlines by becoming the first pregnant woman to play a pregnant woman on TV. Season 2 of “I Love Lucy” was a first on television because Lucille Ball was pregnant with Desi Arnaz Jr and it was written into the script. If network execs hadn’t agreed to it, the show might have been canceled or suspended until she had her baby. The birth of her own baby coincided with Lucy Ricardo’s, and about 44 million viewers tuned in to watch. She and Her Husband Were Television’s First Interracial Couple Kathleen Brady, who wrote a popular book about Lucille Ball, said the network executives and Philip Morris, the sponsor, wanted her to star in her own show but had no interest in her husband, Desi. Brady said. “They said that the American public would not accept Desi as the husband of a red-blooded American girl.” However, Ball defended Arnaz, and according to Brady, she told CBS that they’d have to either cast them both or neither of them. She Was The First Woman to Run a Major Production Company Following Ball’s divorce from Desi Arnaz in 1960, she bought out Arnaz’s shares of Desilu for $2.5 million, making her the first female CEO of a major production company. Per the outlet, she later sold her Desilu shares to Paramount Studios for $17 million.
  33. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Risky Business" On August 5, 1983, the film Risky Business, starring an 18-year-old Tom Cruise opened in theaters across the country. Here are five things you probably didn't know about the 80s classic "Risky Business"... The Original Movie Title Was "White Boys Off the Lake" Because Risky Business takes place next to Lake Michigan, it was almost given a completely different title, as confirmed by its writer and director Paul Brickman.“The working title was White Boys off the Lake,” Brickman has been quoted as saying. “I think the studio rejected that because it sounded like an off-Broadway play. So we started doing word association to come up with a new title.” The Director Wasn’t That Impressed With Tom Cruise Cruise was working in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on The Outsiders when he was called to audition for the role of Joel in Risky Business. He showed up at the office with a chipped tooth, greasy hair, and sporting a jean jacket and Oklahoma accent, so director Paul Brickman wasn’t impressed. Cruise said he went for a second audition with Rebecca De Mornay, and it wasn’t that good, but Brickman believed he could still perform in the role. The Underwear Scene Was Improvised In what became the movie’s most iconic moment, Cruise dances to “Old Time Rock and Roll” in his underwear, using a candlestick holder as his microphone. Filmed in Skokie, Illinois, in a schoolhouse, Cruise ad-libbed the entire scene, sliding across the floor in his socks with his collar turned up and dancing around the room. In the script, it only said: “Joel dances in underwear through the house.” Tom Cruise And Rebecca De Mornay Dated in Real Life Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay began dating during the movie’s production, which made for a slightly awkward scenario.This was because Harry Dean Stanton was also starring in the movie, and he and De Mornay had previously been romantically involved after meeting during filming of 1981’s One from the Heart. The long-distance relationship between Cruise and De Mornay dissolved some time after Cruise shot the film Legend, in London, and before he went off to film Top Gun. The Movie Caused Sales of Ray-Ban Wayfarers to Increase by 2,000 Percent Back in the early '80s, Ray-Ban sales were poor and the company was about to discontinue Wayfarers. The brand needed a life raft. And one came…in the form of a pants-free Tom Cruise. When Risky Business came out in 1983, Tom Cruise and his iconic Wayfarers rescued the Ray-Ban brand. After the release of Risky Business, Wayfarer sales rocketed by some 2,000 percent, confirming the power of Tom Cruise.
  34. 1 point
    Stan

    Ventura County Sues to Stop Church from Meeting Indoors

    On August 2, 2020, the church again met indoors and Pastor McCoy said he was "willing to go to jail" and "willing for them to take our building" rather than comply with the state and local orders. The post Ventura County Sues to Stop Church from Meeting Indoors appeared first on ReligiousLiberty.TV / Founders' First Freedom®. View the full article
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    Rahab

    Richard O’Ffill

    He started ADRA but it wasn’t called that in the beginning. He did missionary work in the east. He spoke all over the world even after ‘retirement’. (SDA pastors never really retire. ) He mission was to have everyone treat each other with kindness and love, starting at home with our families.
  36. 1 point
    Gregory Matthews

    On Church

    In the following article, Gary Patterson comments on the status of the SDA denomination today. As he speaks on a variety of subjects, I will not quorte from any one specific subject. https://spectrummagazine.org/interviews/2020/change-will-come-interview-gary-patterson-about-once-and-future-seventh-day
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    Today, Founders’ First Freedom, Inc. filed an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to revisit and restore the workplace religious accommodation standard found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The post Founders’ First Freedom urges Supreme Court to Restore Title VII Workplace Religious Accommodation Standard appeared first on ReligiousLiberty.TV / Founders' First Freedom®. View the full article
  38. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    🔥 promise wicked not rest on the lot of righteous Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
  39. 1 point
    phkrause

    Trivia

    5 Things You Didn't Know About The Coast Guard On this day in 1790, the Coast Guard's was established when Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels known as "revenue cutters" to collect tariffs from ships importing goods into the United States. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about the Coast Guard... Alexander Hamilton is The Father of The Coast Guard One of Hamilton’s visionary acts while serving as Secretary of the Treasury was the creation of the first United States Coast Guard. An essay written by Hamilton suggested that the armed vessels at the country’s points of entry, could collect tariffs and enforce the maritime laws. Hamilton saw this as a way for the country to increase its revenue at a time it was broke. Originally known as the Revenue-Marine, the group merged in 1915 with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to become the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Is Not Part of The Department of Defense The United States Coast Guard is the only branch of military service that doesn’t belong to the Defense Department. Instead, it is an arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Before it was placed under the DHS, it was under the Department of Transportation. Previous to that, it was under the Department of the Treasury. An Average Day For The Coast Guard Isn't so Average According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Resource Center, on an average day the Coast Guard conducts 109 searches and rescues, saves ten lives, seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth and investigates six vessel casualties. The Coast Guard Isn’t Very Big With roughly 40,500 Active Duty service members, the Coast Guard is slightly larger than the NYPD. When compared to other branches of the military, they may be small in numbers, but the Coast Guard faithfully stands the watch and protects the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and beyond. Since its service members have acting law enforcement authority, their mission goes a long way to keeping America's coastlines safe. Their Motto Means “Always Ready” While the Marines’ Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) is more famous, the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus reflects their status as an organization that’s regarded as a first responder. A 1928 song of the same name is also used as the U.S. Coast Guard's official march, and appears on the organization's flag.
  40. 1 point
    Rahab

    3 word devotional

    🌈 promise Lord shall preserve Psalm 121:8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
  41. 1 point
    JoeMo

    Spiritual Abuse

    All of our six children have left the SDA Church. In fact, only two are Christians - one the wife of a Calvary Chapel preacher. We have asked them why; and the prevalent answer is because of the nightmares from fire and brimstone church sermons and persecution from my extended family (all good Catholics) because of our hatred of Catholicism and the papcy, not to mention strict veganism and Sabbath "rules". I think back on what "good" SDA's we were; and fear that we caused our children to lose salvation over how strict we were; thinking we were doing the right thing. I pray the HS will reach our children's hearts as well as the hearts of other people - children and adults - who turned their backs on God because of how strict He was and because of their despair about not meeting the mark set by our dear Sister White.
  42. 1 point
    rudywoofs (Pam)

    Spiritual Abuse

    Interesting. I remember when I was 11 yrs old, our teacher would read to the class from an "end times" story that someone had written. The story included instances of family members turning other family members into the authorities, and all sorts of other atrocities. Creepy stuff! I'm sure I wasn't the only one who would go home and have nightmares about it.
  43. 1 point
    phkrause

    Reflections on a Knee to the Neck and Burning Streets

    Amen Jon Paulien!!
  44. 1 point
    news

    Reflections on a Knee to the Neck and Burning Streets

    This blog is not for everyone. It is about a German-American talking to my brothers and sisters who identify, or are identified, as “white”. If you are a brother or sister who is identified as “non-white” or a “person of color,” I have no expertise to address how you are feeling in light of the […] The post Reflections on a Knee to the Neck and Burning Streets appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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    news

    Leviticus and Social Distancing

    After writing on the Bible and Social Distancing, I reached out to a friend I consider one of the top authorities in the world on Leviticus and Numbers in the Bible, Dr. Roy Gane. He was gracious enough to share the following thoughts on my blog and the larger context of the issue in the […] The post Leviticus and Social Distancing appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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    dgrimm60

    Leviticus and Social Distancing

    Thank you for posting this article it was very informative ==== It seems that GOD knows what is best for HIS creation dgrimm60
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    dgrimm60

    How Long Is The Test?

    BLESSED MAN Crown in the Bible is a forum of honor and recognition that JESUS bestows upon those who faithfully serve and honor HIM===== the test is our life' and how we have a relationship with HIM==== and yes we show want to be with JESUS all the time HE is our only hope dgrim60
  48. 1 point
    phkrause

    How Long Is The Test?

    I read it as it reads? To me the "Crown of Life," is Eternal Life that the Bible talks about throughout. God keeps promising us that we will be living with him throughout eternity? And that to me leads us to the other question "the test!" To me its how we live our lives, sure there will always be the ups and downs, and so if we pass the test, or maybe we should say the different trials we go through, and that will bring us to the "crown of Life" living with Jesus for eternity? That's the way I see it!!
  49. 1 point
    Joshua-

    Conditional prophecy and last generation eschatology

    Hrm, the 'edit' button has vanished. Is there a edit post time limit set or is there an edit limit of 1?
  50. 1 point
    olger

    Those who have left the Church

    We counseled with a man & his wife a while back. He was very bitter at the church and hadn't attended for over two years. He made this statement in our office (with tears) "The church has done nothing but hurt me." We accepted him where he was at and helped him see that the church is made up of people (good & bad alike). Matthew 13;47-48. We led him in a prayer to Jesus for healing the pain and he chose to pay the price of the pain that others had caused him. He released them. A month later, I received a letter from his wife. She said "Guess who went to church yesterday?" I knew who she meant. She said "Not only that, he went around and hugged every person who was there." That's what freedom looks like, olger


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