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  1. Hypocrites!

    Hypocrites! Have you ever had someone say to you that they won't go to church because it is full of Hypocrites? Over the years I have had several people say something like that to me. My usual response is something like: "You're right, churches are full of hypocrites, but so is your work and you still go there!" (Note: substitute "Sport club", "knitting club" etc for work as appropriate.) Funny how they rarely have any sort of good response to that........ But I have also found that it rarely convinces them to come along....
  2. best tablets

    Just occurred to me that the absolute best tablets you can get are "stone tablets" - from them you can get all the best advice and information you will ever need! There was an upgrade available some time after the original tablets were made available, and it improved the resolution vastly - you could see some of the things clearly, when previous to that they were sort of like a shadow. ( Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.)
  3. Soul Mates versus Arranged Marriages

    The examples you cite of arranged marriages indicates that God is not against the concetpt. It is not the normal way in many societies, and indeed I married the woman of my choice based on my feelings of love (and a conviction that the Lord brought us together). I do see one advantage of arranged marriages - you know from the start that you have to work at it, that it won't all be easy. Many people get married based on romantic love thinking it will always be that way, but it is not. That's when people often get divorced - when the "love" stops. They don't undetstand that real love is more than feelings and marriage takes work to make it work. Having said that, we do not intend to arrange our kids marriages, but we have been trying to teach them that a godly marriage takes hard work, and real love grows from that effort (with a lot of help from the Lord.)
  4. Praise the Lord!

    I take no tablets or medicines if I can get away with it - I just don't like to. Not even paracetamol for a headache unless I am absolutely out with it - which is rare. I am not opposed absolutely, and we do have various medicines in the house, I just personally don't like to take anything. Even with my back - which is incredibly painful when it really goes wrong - I won't take anti-inflammatories unless there is no improvement after three or four days. I can't even really tell you why, but I just do not like filling myself up with artificial stuff. My wife has to take a couple of medicines, and the kids will take paracetamol for headaches, but not me......... Maybe I am really just a bit dumb?
  5. Praise the Lord!

    I used to be quite fit - I used to ride 400km per week to work and back, but then I injured myself and was not able to ride for some time. When I started up again I had another health problem which stopped me from getting back into it. But about two weeks ago I determined to start doing something about my general health - I will not be riding like that for some time, but shorter rides should be do-able. I have started some diet changes - although my diet in general is not bad - it is the exercise that is the problem. Last time I started to exercise I re-injured my back, so I will be taking it easy at first, but I know I have to do something. My blood pressure has never been a problem, until the last few years it is on the high side - not medication high (Which I would probably not take anyway), but "better keep an eye on that" high. But I don't want it to become a problem.
  6. Praise the Lord!

    I gave blood the other day, and my BP was 143/96. I am also making some changes, but the BP is an extra incentive. Oh year - I meant to say "well done"! (I liked the OP but then forgot the congrats! )
  7. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    I have no idea about that link or whoever you are talking about. I asked a simple question with no implied pointof view. The passage I referenced speaks of the bride and also speaks of "they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb". It indicates that there is a bride and also another group, those called to the marriage. My question (with no implied point of view on my part) is: who are these two separate groups, the bride, and those called to the marriage?
  8. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    Did you bother to read the question, or even the verse? Why don't you go ahead and do that, then reply.
  9. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    Serious question: Who are "they which are called" if all true believers make up the bride? Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. The bride is spoken of separately in the previous verses. I think we can safely assume that the unrighteous will not be invited, so who are these "guests"?
  10. People don't get taller due to longer lifespan. Reptiles continue to grow throughout their lifespan, but people do not. Most mammals reach a mature size and stop growing at that point. IF people were taller pre-flood, it would be due to environmental factors such as better nutrition, not long ages.
  11. The 7th Shemita is here

    I simply understand when someone is promoting Calvinism.
  12. The 7th Shemita is here

    Oh ok - Calvinism then. Thanks for making that plain for us all. Just had to quote it before you change it.
  13. What is a "Landmark" Baptist church

    Landmark Baptists are quite hard to nail down as each one is a little bit different to the next one. Outsiders will generally consider them to be "baptist bride" as outlined above, but then as 360watt explains that is not quite universal - and in fact you will rarely hear any Landmarker use that term about themselves. However, I know some guys over here that would deny the "landmark name" but are always talking about the bride in ways similar to that. I have been told also that Landmarkers tend towards Calvinism, but these same guys I spoke of last line are anything but Calvinists - vehemently opposed - probably even moreso than myself. As to 360's point on local church only - this is not an attribute of landmarkers alone. Most Independent Baptists I personally know are solid local church people. The name comes from "Holding to the landmarks of the Faith", and some of them tend to be almost militant in their separation from anything less than themselves. I have met some to whom I would ascribe a certain pride in their belief that they hold a better position than lesser Christians, but this is a minority, and they are not the sole holders of that either. The point really is that you have to check out what they believe on a case by case basis, because there are some reasonable folk among their number, and some absolute nutters, and that in itself makes it hard to define exactly what landmarks each church holds to. Other things I can't remember right now.........
  14. The 7th Shemita is here

    I don't know if this is clumsy wording, but the Gospel is for the benefit of unbelievers. It seems that at points in this quote you are expanding your scope beyond prophecy. If that is the case then you are outright wrong. But again, God on occasion told unbelievers of future events - a couple of kings for instance were told of their own future, and they clearly did not believe in the One True God when the prophecy was given to them.
  15. Peter knew Jesus would not return in his lifetime

    I heard a preacher mention that, when Peter was arrested by Herod in Acts 12, he wasn't worried about being killed as John had been. In his preaching (it was a side point, not the thrust of the message) he said Peter probably asked for a mirror and when he saw his hair wasn't grey and his legs still strong he knew he had a few years yet. I had never thought about it until then, but whatever Peter preached, he knew he had enough years to grow old to keep preaching and serving the Lord.