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    Invicta got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in My granddaughter   
    I had my appointment on Friday and the nurse said it was healing well and I have to go for another appointment in four weeks.
    I asked Rachel how her treatment is going and she sent the following reply.
    "They are not sure yet, but they're not giving up so that's good news."  
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    Invicta reacted to HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    We met up with a young man whom we've known since birth (in Indiana). He lives here in the state now, and this is the second time we've been able to get together. He lives about 3 hours away, but he's just over an hour away this week doing some training for the job he has lined up when he is mustered out of the army next month.
    He came to Sequim, and we met at the Black Bear Diner. Good food. My hubs had pot roast and I had chicken. I pretty much filled up with my salad and onion rings, so hub is munhcing on my leftover chicken right now.
    The food was good and spending some time with Joe was great.
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    Invicta got a reaction from Marilyn C in Whats for Supper...   
    I drink more coffee than tea.  But we don't like instant coffee,  We only buy pure arabica,  which we buy when we go to France.  It is own brand from Auchan hypermarket (hypermarché)  They do two versions douce which is the milder and degustation with is stronger.  We buy the degustation both for home and for church which we do after the morning service.  One person who has been attending our service recently asked us to get him some as he doesn't usually like coffee but he likes ours.
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    Invicta got a reaction from Marilyn C in Whats for Supper...   
    I understand it was from the past when they high tea and low tea.  They were meals which tea was also served.  Not sure what the difference is.  I did look it up once but have forgotten now.
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    Invicta reacted to DaveW in Does 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 teach the sign gifts have ceased?   
    Hey Jordan, I hope you are satisfied with the answers to part 2 of this question?
    As far as Part 1 is concerned:
    Mar 16:15-20
    (15)  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    (16)  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    (17)  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
    (18)  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
    (19)  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
    (20)  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
    This passage gives the purpose for the gifts:
    (20)  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
    The purpose of the signs was to "confirm the Word with signs". Since the Word is the completion of that which is "in part", and no longer needs such confirmation - because we KNOW it is the Word of God, the signs are no longer needed.
    This is hardly watertight Jordan, but it is another indicator, and maybe a passage that you can investigate further in regard to this matter.
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    Invicta reacted to Marilyn C in Whats for Supper...   
    You certainly all know how to cook a good meal!
    Here in sunny, (hot) Aussie land we, (hubby and I) are having for tea, (evening meal) trout - caught by hubby on fishing trip, and chips, which I will make from potatoes. I do like sweet potato chips also.
    regards, Marilyn.
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    Invicta reacted to HappyChristian in The beauty of creation   
    This picture was taken by a gentleman in Sequim last Thursday. Even though we are surrounded by mountains, snow is very rare in this area. It started snowing Sunday a week ago, and snowed several times after that. Temps remained very cold, so the snow hung on. Yesterday it began raining, so our front yard is basically clear (the back yard still has a lot of snow).  It is beautiful, but I''m ready for spring.

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    Invicta reacted to Alan in The beauty of creation   
    All trees are beautiful. They remind me of the majesty of God and His creation.
    As Mrs. Alan and I were driving on Highway 54, near El Dorado Springs, Missouri, one fine Sunday morning we encountered the beauty of this Maple Tree.

    Hope you enjoy the scenery as we did.
    Alan and the Mrs.
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    Invicta reacted to heartstrings in One of our sheep had four lambs :)   
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    Invicta got a reaction from Alan in Whats for Supper...   
    Thanks Alan.  
    We had two beautiful daughters and 6 grandchildren. We had a number of foster children but only two we keep in touch with.  Dan in Nevada said he was hoping to come for the celebration, but in the end didn't make it, but Graham the other did.  He came to us when he was 14 and could only read three letter words. He sent us a card saying "Thank you for being the best parents a young man could have."  At the meal a number of grandchildren gave memories which we had long forgotten.  Graham said he came to us as an angry young man and we taught him to read mainly through Asterix books. We had had him for odd days and once for a week to see how we got on, but when we were supposed to have him regularly we were on holiday in France and Social Services flew him out to Dijon airport.  He recalled that.  We met him at Dijon International Airport.  We decided to arrive early so we could make sure we could park.  "Dijon International Airport. " is a bit of an ambitious title.  The reception was about the size of a small railway station waiting room.  The car park was a fraction of the size of that at our railway station.  In August when we were there the airport had only two return flights a week, one to Stansted and one to Marseilles.
    Today I had a light supper, French Bread with Camembert  cheese and French smoked garlic sausage,
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    Invicta got a reaction from HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    I did Pot au Feu on Monday and there was enough left for several days.  It is an old French dish which means pot on the fire.  Recipes I have read give several cuts of beef,  but I just used brisket.  Some recipes also add lamb so I added a bit of lamb.  It is cooked slowly in a pot with vegetables and herbs. I got a smallish joint of brisket and a shank of lamb half price in Sainsburies supermarket.  I did it in the slow cooker.  It should have a marrow bone but I couldn't get one.    It is said to be three meals in one.  You have the marrow spread on toast. the meat and vegetables as a meal and the broth as a soup.  I had the latter for supper with French bread for supper today.
    I have cubed a bit of the left over meat and frozen it and intend to make a curry with it later. as we are hopping across the channel to France tomorrow for a couple of days to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.   On Saturday my younger daughter has booked for about 20 to have a meal at Salt And Light Bistro in Herne Bay, owned by one of our church members as a joint celebration as one of her daughters who was 18 on 9th March..  Our former foster son who lives in Nevada said he would come over but he has not confirmed that.  Another who lives about 30 miles away said he is coming.  Of all the foster children we have had, they are the only two who keep in touch.
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    Invicta reacted to No Nicolaitans in Who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?   
    Knowing Bro. Scott as I do, anytime that I see him start off a post with something like "Well hey", I would automatically assume that he's being facetious.
    At least the book of enoch (lower caps on purpose) let's us know that the giants were 300 cubits tall...
    Those poor human women would'a had a time birth'n one'a them-there kids...   
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    Invicta reacted to No Nicolaitans in Who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?   
    I said that I would drop it, but I guess I lied. Forgive me. I've been pondering the questions asked by WW, and since no one else has answered, here are my thoughts...
    While I've certainly entertained the idea that those sons of God in Job were angels, there's nothing definitive in Job describing them as such. In Job 38, there is the reference to both "morning stars" (often commonly interpreted to be angels) and "sons of God" (also commonly interpreted to be angels) in the same verse. If that's the case...that both refer to angels...then the angels and the angels were there (?).
    Christ was foretold before Genesis 6. I believe salvation has always been, is today, and always will be given freely by grace through faith...apart from any works/deeds/law-keeping/etc...regardless of which "dispensation" existed, exists, or will exist. (I'm not trying to get into a dispensation debate. Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world). They were called sons of God, because that's who they were.
    As I mentioned, the bible isn't definitive (in my understanding) of exactly who the sons of God were in the Old Testament. The first human to be called the son of God wasn't the Lord Jesus Christ; it was Adam...one might find a reference to Christ being referred to as the son of God early in one of the Gospels; however, the Bible definitively states that the very first man who ever lived was the son of God...
    Luke 3:38
    Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
    ...as such, at this time, I can only conclude that "sons of God" are men...whether alive bodily and saved...or dead bodily but spiritually alive in Christ.
    In my understanding, it didn't. Their children became mighty men of old...men of renown.
    Was Goliath a fallen angel/human mix? Were his brothers? Were the other sons of Gath who were called giants also fallen angel/human hybrids? Was Og? All of these men lived after the flood.
    One can be a mighty man and a man of renown without being a giant. Alexander the Great, George Washington, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, goodness...I would imagine if you asked anyone who Donald Trump was, they would have an answer. Why? They may not have followed the news, and they may not be able to give you an accurate answer about him; however, he has become a mighty man...a man of renown, and they can tell you something about him.
    I don't understand where you get "bloodlines" as the interpretation for "generations"?
    When you responded to my original question, you respectfully included the following prerequisite...
    "one of the greatest mistakes we often make in interpreting scripture is that we read the English incorrectly."
    ...I also think that we often make the mistake of applying modern-day meanings to words that were written in the 1600's...many of which have changed meaning over the centuries. What did the word "perfect" mean in 1611?
    Sorry...I don't follow you on this.
    Genesis 6:5
    And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
    The flood was about mankind's wickedness and evil...not angels. I would respectfully and humbly assert that to assume a Satanic plot of stopping the Messianic bloodline is an extra-biblical assumption with no biblical evidence.
    After Joseph, Pharaoh did a lot of dirty business toward the Israelites, but that was toward the Israelites...not the Messiah. He was trying to do population control. The only definitive proof (that I'm aware of) that we have of an actual attempt to stop Christ in the Bible is found in Matthew 2; in which, Herod had all of the male children killed (who were two years old and under).
    Why did God save Noah and his family?
    Genesis 6:8-9
    8   But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    9   These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
    He found grace and was just.
    Everything that you've described here was done by holy angels who served God.
    No. I would respectfully and humbly say that we would assume it...without real biblical evidence.
    God "married" the first two humans, and told them...
    Genesis 1:27-28
    27   So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    28   And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    From this, it would appear to me that sex (as originally intended by God) was "part-and-partial" to marriage.
    However, sex isn't automatically part-and-partial to marriage in this sin-stricken world that we live in, because of man's sin nature. Sin has twisted it into something other than the wonderful joy and closeness that God intended to exist between a husband and wife. Sex outside of marriage always brings baggage and always brings remorse of some kind.
    Many married couples no longer enjoy the intimacy of marriage...because of sin. Pride and selfishness take over and drives a wedge between couples. She won't be intimate, because he won't _______ , or he does _______ . He won't be intimate, because she won't _______ , or she does _______ . It's all sin. It's all due to sin. It's all an effect of living in a sin-cursed world and not allowing Christ to live through us.
    WW, I didn't mean any of this as an attack on you. In fact, I thank you for stirring my interest and taking my mind off of my troubles for a while.
    In closing, I leave these last few thoughts...
    The giants were already living and existed when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, married them, and had children.
    The flood was a judgment upon mankind...not fallen angels, nor their offspring with human wives.
    Giants lived and existed after the flood. How did this happen if the angels (who are chained up until judgment day as given in Jude) were the ones who produced the giants?
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    Invicta reacted to heartstrings in Who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?   
    Good to see this topic here with no debate. I agree with y'all. "Sons of God" were/are believers; not ''angels''  :)
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    Invicta reacted to Marilyn C in Mid Tribulation fleeing of Israel   
    Hi Eric,
    I can see your thinking there bro, however it is not correct. See what you quoted -
    `...were grafted in among them, with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree.`  (Rom. 11: 17)
    If you think that the olive tree is Israel then we are grafted in among Israel and become a partaker of the root (holy) and fatness of Israel. But Israel is not holy and is not able to give us any fatness - Gk. word `piotes` meaning repletion, fullness. Israel is partially blinded (Rom. 11: 10 & 25) Consider also -
    `...how much more will these, (Israel) who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree.` (Rom. 11: 24)
    Clearly the Lord is saying that Israel will be grafted back in again into Christ. 
    regards, Marilyn.
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    Invicta reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in Who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?   
    I have full assurance of conviction that the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 are NOT angelic beings.
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    Invicta reacted to HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    Be careful, @Invicta - that's nothing to mess with! We don't have as much here as other areas of the US (and definitely not as much as we had when we lived in IN), so a lot of folks don't know how to drive in it. But then there's the black ice that the mountain roads can get. And the rock slides when the ice/snow melts...
    My hubs decided to go to the Black Bear for our lunch. Most delicious waffle! They use a sweet cream in their batter, and boy is it nummy! Hubs got chicken fried steak w/apple crisp for dessert (he brought it home).
    For supper tonight, we'll be having Papa Murphy's Cowboy Pizza. That way neither my mom nor I have to cook (hubs didn't want my mom to because this is the 6th anniversary of my dad's homegoing...it's a rough day for her).
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    Invicta reacted to Alan in WHY???   
    I have had similar thoughts.
    Psalm 42 is a comfort to me when I have remembered the days right after I got saved and after a period of time understood what is happening in the realm of Christianity.
    "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall come and appear before God? ... Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. ... Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalm 42:1-2, 8 & 11
    God is our hope, our health: both spiritually, mentally and physically and one day, eternally in a perfect (in all aspects), environment, perfect understanding, we will appear in the presence of God. In eternity, and not before, God will take care of all of the heretics,  mis-understandings among the brethren, rancor, and the hardness of hearts.
    May the Lord bless and keep you in His loving arms.
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    Invicta reacted to Pastor Scott Markle in WHY???   
    Brother McWhorter,
    I thank you for your response.  It is just that as I read your earlier posting, my heart simply broke within me.  Although we have never met face to face (as far as I can remember), you are one of those on the forum who has a deep place within my heart.  You are one who is dear to me; and although I am not one who cries often, I think that my eyes watered for a moment.  I know, it was probably some dust in my eye.   Seriously, my heart is burdened for you my dear brother, over the depth of your need.  I cannot help and heal that heart pain, but I can direct you unto the Blessed One who can - Look unto Jesus.  Praise the Lord even for a nice, clean, window down drive.  (Up here in Michigan that is not really reasonable right now.)  I am sorry if these postings are coming across in a wrong way.  I am just trying to express my emotional burden for your sake, but I am not very good at emotional expression.  By nature I can handle grammatical and informational expression fairly well, but emotional expression is difficult for my nature.  So, please receive my expression in the spirit with which it is intended.
    Your FRIEND,
    Pastor Scott Markle
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    Invicta reacted to HappyChristian in The beauty of creation   
    A lady took this photo this morning. It's from the east end of Sequim. Gorgeous sunrise. 

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    Invicta reacted to DaveW in The beauty of creation   
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    Invicta reacted to BabeinChrist in Who are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?   
    Genesis 6: 1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
    2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they werefair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
    3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
    4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
    5And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
    People (including Christians) use these verses to teach that fallen angels mated with human women, resulting in some half-human/half-demon hybrids.
    This doesn’t sit well with my spirit, and I think there is a simple explanation of this passage that is being overlooked.
    I just do NOT believe it is saying demons mated with women. Angels are not human & cannot create offspring with us. 
    I do not think God would even allow that to be POSSIBLE.
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    Invicta got a reaction from HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    Paella has saffron in it and so does the French fish soup/stew, bouillabaisse,  Saffron rice does well with fish.  
    The English Marigold, Calendula is known as Poor Man's Saffron, but I have never tried it.
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    Invicta reacted to HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    Heh - I asked for that, eh? 
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    Invicta got a reaction from HappyChristian in Whats for Supper...   
    Well I hate to say this, but a saffron flavour.
    I can't describe it as it is unlike any other flavour.  It is the most expensive spice. Mine cost £4 for .4 of a grammme.  That is  £10,000 per kg if my math is correct.  A kg is 2.2 lbs.    
    We had an interesting series on TV a year or two ago, called The Spice Trail, which told where the various spices came from.  In Roman times, Pepper was more expensive that gold.  Most of the spices from India and Ceylon were carried by  Arab camel caravans, and in the west we didn't know where they came from until the explorers led by the Portuguese discovered the source.