heartstrings

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  1. Absolutely
  2. Are y'all allowed to carry weapons up there?
  3. Didn't you guys have a lot of "bush rangers"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushranger
  4. I consider my sidearm like a fire extinguisher. I hope I never need it but it's there if I ever do. So far my house hasn't caught on fire but the fire extinguisher is there. Likewise some of my sheep still carry the genes for horns. They go about their sheepy business every day like the horns aren't even there. But I've seen mother sheep go into action when my dog gets too close. If the Good Lord saw fit for a sheep to have defensive weapons, methinks He doesn't expect us to be helpless either. Since we don't have claws, sharp teeth or horns, we use the brains God gave us to make and use tools for our needs.
  5. Yes, God can choose whoever He wants to show mercy and compassion, because He is the supreme all-powerful Being. But I'm just thankful that Almighty God chooses to show compassion to ALL. The Bible says that He makes His rain to fall and the sun to shine on the just and the unjust and thereby showing that God loves His "enemies" and exhorts us to do the same so we can "be like our Father in Heaven". (Matthew 5:44-45). And, because He chooses to love and show mercy to all, He also says it is His will that all be saved (2 Peter 3:9). However, about "sovereignty"? This is something God says about His sovereignty........ Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. That means that you and I choose the path we take, whether it be to trust and follow God, or revel in sin. But God holds the ultimate consequences of whatever we choose. He will judge ALL, and He will judge Calvinists who insist on misrepresenting Him in false doctrine. That's God's "sovereignty" in this matter.
  6. ...and He said "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thee....?" The word "would" is another form of the word "will": Effectively stating that it was His(God's) will that all of Jerusalem be saved.But then He says "But YE "would not"
  7. They say that God's drawing is "Irresistable" but the Bible gives an account of a man who did just that while being dealt with by the Holy Ghost. Acts 24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
  8. My grandfather on my mother's side was a Mason as was my Dad's older brother.. I don't know of anyone else in my family. One of my Black preacher friends told me there are many masons in the Black churches; at least the ones he's affiliated with. My only dealings with them was when I gave a business associate of mine a pamphlet about the dangers of Masonry. Somehow it ended up at the lodge or at least was passed on because a few days later one of the Masons called me on the phone and gave me a good tongue lashing.
  9. The only "early church" men of whom I have any confidence in their writings are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, Jude, aka the writers of the New Testament because those "histories" are Holy Spirit inspired. Anyone else is subject to skepticism or scrutiny at best. The Bible says "search the scriptures." (John 5:39)
  10. Brother Stafford and myself have found ourselves engaged in a little "banter" over the last few days, if I have put a stumblingblock before either of you, I apologize.
  11. Looks like you've made your judgment.
  12. Hey Bro Stafford, These are some of my instruments... http://www.samash.com/yamaha-fg820-12-string-acoustic-guitar-yfg82012x-p ....http://www.sagamusic.com/products/product-details.aspx?item=BR-160 https://reverb.com/item/827561-fender-premier-concert-tone-59-banjo-with-case?gclid=CInjuNyK5tICFRW2wAodGNMGDQ&pla=1 and I just ordered a new set of Elixir Nanoweb strings for my sweeeet, loud barkin' little Morgan Monroe mandolin https://www.amazon.com/Morgan-Monroe-MMS-5WC-Mandolin-Sunburst/dp/B007N055QY
  13. Ha! That last one looks interesting. :)
  14. Psalm 150 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. It don't specify brother....The Ukelele was invented long before freaks like "Tiny Tim" came on the scene. It's just an instrument with strings and nothing more. So if Brother Uke wants to play his teenyweenie guitar, I have no problem with it at all.
  15. You know, sir. You conveyed to us that this subject was "troubling" to you. But more and more It looks like you want to push this doctrine for some reason. If that isn't correct forgive me.. About Apollos: Four things jump out at me. This man Apollos was eloquent and knowledgable in the scriptures, but BEFORE he could help anyone else or "mightily convince the Jews" he had had to have the "Way of God more perfectly" "expounded unto him". People here will try to expound the way of God more perfectly to you as well, but you must be willing to listen. 4 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.