Just a few more observations about sheep.... I had noticed one of the ewes standing off by herself under a shed and observed that the little ram, being timid, had stayed back while the rest fed at the troughs. A "shy sheep" which won't elbow his way in at the trough will soon get weak and die.. My Wife had noticed another ewe which needed the same attention. So my Wife and I penned up the two small ewes and the ram yesterday. We caught them in time before they reached the "give up" stage and refused to eat at all. Another thing to note. New pastures, with a new type of forage, can make sheep sick. Their rumens have to be given time to adjust to the new forage or they can bloat and die. Goats are the same way. Anyhow, when we have just turned a flock into a lush green pasture and only want to keep them there for a little while, we shut the gate behind them. There is an old adage about the grass being greener on the other side of the fence; well, that is true with sheep. You can let them graze that lush pasture for 10 or 15 minutes and when they hear that metal chain rattle on the steel gate as it reopens, it only takes ONE sheep to run in that direction and the whole herd will follow....It doesn't matter if there is barren sand on the other side of that gate. Well almost. Sometimes there will be stragglers who refuse; usually two or three. These cause problems when the sheep get to the other side, realize they've been tricked, and stop. Because the gate is still open in the attempt to chase the stragglers through, it likewise only takes ONE sheep to bolt back through the gate and then you have another stampede which is almost impossible to stop; and you have to start over. Are the saints like this?
There is a verse in 2 Peter which comes to mind. We know that some of the scriptures concerning "election" and "predestination" were written in books like Ephesians and the Book of Romans. It's also believed that the Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Romans and we know that Paul wrote some pretty "deep" stuff. Anyway, this is what Peter said about Paul..... 2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. When I was first saved I remember, among other things, thinking that God could and wanted to save anybody. I also know, from reading and studying, that Jesus told us that if we love even our enemies, we are being LIKE our Father (in Heaven). I'm not a genius by any stretch, but even I can see that if God expects me to love my enemies, then God must love His. And why would God love His enemy knowing all the while that He had created that enemy to burn in Hell for his glory? Knowing these things, it "behooves" us to "beware", because even we can be led astray by folks who "wrest" the scriptures, all the while being mindful that we wrestle not against "flesh and blood" but..... well, you know what it says....... Matthew 5:43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
I think the closer we get to God and really love our enemies, like He does, it would clear up any and all doubt any of us has about this "Calvinism" stuff. I don't see how it can't.
I would check things out Biblically before counting them "ridiculous"; "Soul winning" is a Bible-based term. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30
Yes, and a lot of folks often use the phrase "God's ways are higher than our ways" in this subject too. But even LOST people can readily discern good from evil and truth from Hypocrisy. Specifically, even lost people, especially 'nonreligious' ones, can see that the concept of a god (little g), who would predetermine some folks to heaven, and others to Hell, is EVIL. Ever since Adam ate that "tree of knowledge of good and evil" we have all had that ability. God;s ways indeed are perfect, He's WAY too perfect, to practice "Determinism" ...It's evil. Genesis 3:22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:
Yes, we have quite a few so-called "reverends" over here. The Bible word "reverend: is found only one time (Psalm 111:9) and it refers to God. So, if I were a preacher or pastor, just "brother" would be fine, ..holy and reverend is his name. Psalm 111:9 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul...... Acts 9:17
Invicta, I think all you have to do is include your card info in the PayPal account and choose that when you make your purchases. . At least that's how it works when I pay for stuff on Ebay. Mine is set up to choose either direct debit from my bank account or to use my Discover card. It should work the same.
Yes, I buy a lot of stuff from mainland China, Hong Kong and, last month, some items from the Czech Republic with my Discover Card through Ebay/Paypal. One of the software programs I use in my business is from the UK and I got a nice little bonus from Discover for that one...https://sites.fastspring.com/vectric/instant/aspire
And that is strange because merchants have to pay a transaction or "swipe" fee, and a percentage of the cost of each purchase to the credit card companies and merchant accounts every time you pay with a card. That is in addition to lease charges for their card scanners, monthly statement fees, and periodic "security update" charges, I do take credit cards, but I would rather take a check or cash to avoid the fees.
I keep cash in my wallet, in small denominations, primarily to make change for customers. but I rarely use it for purchases. I use a Discover card for virtually everything from fuel to online purchases and I get a nice bonus back every year just for using it. I pay the balance off every month so there are no interest charges. My Wife pays most of our bills online using the bank/s electronic transfer. If you think about it, cash is just a worthless piece of paper anyway, supposedly backed up by the gold in the US Treasury. It's no different from paying with a check, again as long as that check has "gold" in your bank account instead of rubber.