I was going to bring up the same point. Jesus' sacrifice was made as a man, for mankind, not the angels. For an angel to knowingly, willingly rebel against his creator and God, before whose throne he once ministered, is not something I suspect there can be any redemption for. Or if there is, it isn't for us to know, or to be concerned with, as we have no part in it.
Thanks all. Just got word, some good, some bad-my F150 needs a new transmission-he pulled the filter and pieces of the transmission fell out--not a good thing. But he went and looked at my Ranger and said he has it running now. I still need to rebuild the carburetor and probably get a new battery, but its the truck I'd really like to get fully functional, along with my wife's Jeep. So thanks for the prayers-so far they seem to be being heard and answered-amen! Please keep them coming if you would-its tough being out in the bush with no transportation.
Hi., ho, all! Just a request for prayer. We have, currently, three vehicles down for repairs. My F150, my staple farm truck, just went down with transmission issues, my Ford Ranger still won't run, (given to me after sitting for eight years), and we have a Jeep being worked on, hopefully with everything bought and mostly done, as far as we know, but with my wife going one way to work and me going the other, it makes life difficult. I also am way overdue for a trip to the auction and my goats are eating me out of house and home, but our Tempo won't haul the trailer. So finally got my tax return and have money, but repairs are going slow. So if you might spare us a moment, would you send up a prayer that we can get a vehicle or two running soon? And please, no Ford jokes-they have actually run long and strong more than I would have thought. And considering I traded my 73 Gran Torino for my pick-up, I try to take care of it. I miss that car!
I would agree with this idea of a somewhat partial-determinism. The Bible says "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will." In Romans 9:17, one of the chapters the Calvinists like to try to use to back their doctrine, it says, "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth." What it seems to me, is that, particularly, rulers are directed more by the hand of God than average people. Rulers are placed into their particular positions by the hand of God, I believe, and they are directed, at least to a point, to do certain things that will result eventually in God's desired outcome. I don't think they are puppets, but I do believe, because of their great influence on world events, that the Lord does, indeed, turn them where He would, and He raises up some to shew His power in them. I personally believe that the Lord caused Hitler to do the great atrocities against the Jews that he did, so that the world might pity them, and thus, result in the land of Israel once again being established. We often may wonder why our military didn't do more to help the Jews being shipped to Auschwitcz-I heard a conservative radio personality ask that, "Why didn't we bomb the tracks that the Germans used to transport the Jews to the death camps?" Simply because they didn't want to-no one liked or particularly cared about the Jews at that time. Germany sent thousands off in a cruise ship to other countries, and offered them to take them, including the USA, but everyone turned them back and they ended up back in Germany. No one was willing to help them--but no one really wanted them whole-scale slaughtered, either, and when that was the result., I think an international sense of shame and guilt arose, as each nation who claimed to care, had to admit that they could have helped, but didn't. We were partially to blame for the holocaust, so in pity we rewarded them the nation of Israel. Could it have happened any other way? So tell me God didn't use it. So yeah, I believe there are some that don't have as much freedom of choice as others, though I think they have the same freedom to choose salvation as any others. As for believers, I know in my own life that there have been times when I made decisions, only because I was placed into a position where I had no choice, and I believe it was the hand of God leading me where I didn't much want to go. But the end result was very positive. I could have chosen otherwise, but it would have been like saying Jonah could have chosen to keep rebelling against God as he sat in the fish's belly. Sure I COULD choose otherwise, but the end result would be a slow and uncomfortable demise. Not a hard decision. Paul COULD have chosen to reject Jesus when he met Him on the road to Damascus, but he would have been blind and had to knowingly reject the very God he claimed to serve, in order to keep his place and position. COULD choose, but not a very good choice.
I agree on gold-its metal, its only worth what someone is willing to give for it, in the long run. When the governments join, they will deicde what gold is worth, not any market-there will be no more market. Everything will be decided by those with the power. Even if I'm not right about the rapture timing, I suspect this country will be pretty-well down the tubes before it anyways, and the only thing worth stockpiling will be comodities, real things, like beans, rice, flour, sugar, coffee, and yes, if you want something to really trade well? Tobacco. Bartering with others who aren't willing to just 'go along' will be the only way to survive. Edit to add: And of cours, even that will only last for so long-those in power will come and take what they want, and if we resist, they'll not hesitate to kill those who are seen as a problem.
Another excellent book is Touch Not the Unclean Thing by David Sorenson. It gives as well a fairly exhaustive list of TR backed translations into hundreds of languages,including many native American languages, reaching back to the earlypart of the 2nd century with the Italic and Syriack, both very early TR texts, which shows that the TR New Testament was complete and common enough by that time to have it translated into other languages, in toto. Around 125AD, well before the council of NIcea, by the way, who many claim are the ones who set the canon of scripture, yet there were complete NT translations based off the TR well before it.
Money isn't money anymore, anyways. Our currency has not been based on the gold standard in many decades. Its based on air, on the good faith and promise of the government, and we know how solid THAT is!
Yes, indeed, though I guess I was vague in what I wanted. "Ebenezer means, literally, "Stone of help". But we'll call it good. As for the unofficial question, the baptism was derived from the Jewish custom of tevilah where a convert to Judaism is completely immersed in a kosher mikveh. The point of the tevilah was to symbolize the person's total immersion into, and dedication to, the Jewish religion, entering the water a Gentile, and rising out as a Jew. The symbolism is very similar to Christian Baptism, a symbol of the act of Christ as He died on the cross, and our joining with the local body. Both are a public profession of faith, though of course, John's baptism was a public profession of repentance. So, Alan, you're up!
Unfortunately, we have a lot of 'right wing' radio types who will spend all day talking about how terrible the republicans are nowadays, and in the next breath declare that no third party candidate will ever have a chance of being elected. And so many listen to them, that in effect, they are the reason it won't happen. Rush like to talk about how his liteners are thinkers and self-motivators, and yet, he DOES have a vast influence on them. If Rush and Hannity and Savage and Pags and Ingrahm and LaVine would insist that a thrid-party candidate CAN be elected, and maybe got behind one, people would stop believing a lie and we might see an actual change. But the status quo MUST be held to.
This reminds me of a short routine by a comedian. He is writing for a TV series, and in it, he says he uses the term "midget" in his script. Well, the producer is furious and says he cant say "Midget". The comedian asks why, and the producer tells him that its a terrible, demeaning word. Again, the comedian can't get it, says "Why is midget so bad?". The producer tells him, "Midget is as bad as the "N"-word!" To which the comedian replies, "No it isn't", and the producer says "Yes, it is!', and the comedian says, I know its not as bad-you know HOW I know?" "How?" "because if it was as bad as the 'N' word, we wouldn't be saying 'midget'. The use of the phrase "N"-word, is a great example of how we are brainwashed. I get the term is bad, and there is no real good use for the word, but sometimes it can be used as an explanation of bad words not to use against people, and the like-I mean, It's not a word that if we say it, we're going to go to hell that instance-I can write here, "The word 'nigger', is a terrible word to use to describe anyone, and it shouldn't be used as such", and there is nothing wrong with that. Yet its gotten so bad that, as I recall some years back a fellow was called a racist for using the word 'niggardly', meaning stingy, and those who didn;'t understand it got horribly offended, and even when the word was explained, they decided it was still a horrible word to use, because it KINDA sounds like the other word. We have been brainwashed into saying "N"-word, yet those to whom it once was used, use "nigger' regularly to describe themselves or others of that same skin tone. Weird. But its all about social engineering.
The decision the SCOTUS makes concerning same-sex marriage will have a lot to do with what happens to free speech, very shortly, not to mention freedom of religion. SSM cannot co-exist with some other constitutional rights, so we can guess which ones will win out and which will be quietly shunted aside. Good=evil, evil=good
Good article, except for the continued use of the term "neocon", as if to lay it firly at the feet of conservatives. in fact, the liberals (neolibs?) have continued the mess unabated for the last 6 years under Obama, and have in fact expanded it. It is very clear that the two are, as has often been said, two sides of the same coin. Its always been a fact that war is a great money-maker-just not for the common man-just for the industries that play both sides. America is, no doubt, a mess. Nothing unamerican about telling the truth-if the truth is not told, there is no chance to fix the mess. It just won't get fixed with any of the players on the field now.