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#387632 The Lyell Darwin Connection

Posted by ThePilgrim on 16 September 2014 - 10:20 AM

Yes in some ways the human brain can be compared to a computer.  I remember a axiom I learned within the first few hours of using my new computer back in 1990: "Garbage in Garbage Out".  Yes indeed you can compare the human brain to a computer in that way, but I wouldn't take the comparison a further than that.

Ps 139:14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
I have yet to own a computer that was fearfully and wonderfully made.  
Sorry, the lead-in to the article just caught my eye and I had to comment on it.  I just get tired of human inventions being compared to God,s creations.  There is really no comparison in the final analysis.
The rest of the article was pretty good.  

#387595 Rough Couple Of Weeks On The Farm

Posted by ThePilgrim on 15 September 2014 - 10:47 PM

When I lived in Nebraska my collie Amber would feast daily on pheasant and Tomas our cat would feast on voles.  Their eating habits saved a lot on the pet food bill.

#387543 Whats for Supper...

Posted by ThePilgrim on 15 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

Making beef stew again with lots of fresh tomatoes and carrots and parsnips and onions from garden.  I have got to use a lot of tomatoes, they just keep coming on, and on, and on . . . . .

Think I'll make some homemade biscuits too . . . . and slather on the butter.  I've just put on ten pounds thinking about it.  Mmmmmmmmmmmmm

#386988 Isis Or Isil Does It Matter?

Posted by ThePilgrim on 11 September 2014 - 10:02 AM

I really don't hink it matters.  The intent of these people is the establishment of an Islamic State to encompass the whole world so I would think simply IS for Islamic State is sufficient.

#386987 "christian" Cursing

Posted by ThePilgrim on 11 September 2014 - 09:56 AM

It's all a matter of vocabulary.  If one reads a lot of good books including the bible one will develop a vocabulary that does not contain such words.  In my earlier years I didn't read much and I learned my vocabulary from the people I associated with.  They were all (just like me at the time) far from the Lord and with small vocabularies.  I am not proud of it but I was a foul mouthed idiot.


Just about the time I took up OTR truck driving I (while listening to J. Vernon McGee over a period of time on the radio) returned to my heavenly father.  I also took up reading the bible along with commentaries and other reference material as well as a lot of history (you would be surprised how much down time a trucker has that he could spend reading).  I would say over 90% of the books I read were pre 20th century works.  I slowly but surely developed a decent vocabulary . . . . along with a determination to use it.


If all the words one knows are bad words . . . . one will use bad words.  Teach your kids to read a lot of good books an keep them away movies and TV . . . . it works.

#386907 How do you Feel today?

Posted by ThePilgrim on 10 September 2014 - 09:31 PM



Forget the golf ball, maybe a baseball and a professional slugger!


(or keep doing what you are doing which might be a little easier remedy)

How about a Louisville Slugger?

#386904 "christian" Cursing

Posted by ThePilgrim on 10 September 2014 - 09:20 PM

Prayer is certainly needed when it comes to our speech. As we learn in James, who can tame the tongue! We certainly can't without the Lord's help.


After all these years in Christ and I still find myself fighting certain speech battles too. Including trying to not to use the words "luck" and "lucky". I rarely use those anymore at all but every so often there it is again.


Praying for you brother.

I fortunately have been lucky to break the habit of using the word.  "Whoops".  That's a double "Whoops".  Sorry . . . . I'll just shutup now.

#386616 Whats for Supper...

Posted by ThePilgrim on 08 September 2014 - 07:55 PM

Stir fried chicken and vegetables in sesame oil with my great sauce.  No humble pie though.

#386615 "Ban The Person Above You" Game

Posted by ThePilgrim on 08 September 2014 - 07:54 PM

Ban NN for having no sense of rythm.  I think I spelled that wrong.  Oh well

#386512 Tit For Tat

Posted by ThePilgrim on 08 September 2014 - 03:50 PM

Since the U.S. has already changed it's nuclear war doctrine to a 1st strike strategy it should not surprise anyone that the Russian's would have to do likewise.  If you recall during the so-called Cold War both sides used the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) doctrine and luckily it worked . . . . neither side launched a nuclear strike because it was assured of also being destroyed.


But it seems the U.S. neocons in the ensueing years became convinced that we could survive a retaliatory strike from the Russians so they came up with First Strike.  It seems to me that if Mutually Assured Destruction was MAD then what the intelligensia in Washington and the Pentagon have come up with is even MADDER.  President Eisenhower (who as you recall was a five star general before his election to the presidency) warned us to beware of the military industrial complex in the 1950s . . . . I guess noone listened.


TPTB seem to believe that too much peace is not a good thing.



#386497 Would This Be A Good Church?

Posted by ThePilgrim on 08 September 2014 - 01:07 PM

Looks to me like the typical modern "lets go have fun" church.  Okay, I may be showing my age, but the pictures of the crew that runs the place give me a bad feeling.  The only mature looking guy in the bunch is the maintenance man.  While it is a good idea to have a mature individual to keep the building from falling apart, isnt it also important to have some mature individuals to keep the church from falling apart?  I think you can count it the services and "groups" to be hip and up to date.  Contemporariness shows on the faces of the staff.  Even the way their articles of faith are stated is an attempt to be contempory instead of "old fashioned".  In with the new - out with the old.  



The Old Curmudgeon

#386091 Makes You Think...

Posted by ThePilgrim on 06 September 2014 - 11:21 AM

If the Antichrist were here and I met him walking down the street it wouldn't change a thing in my life.  He would be just another important world figure who could make decisions that may mean life or death for me or millions but could not really affect anyone's (including mine) eternal destiny.  I guess that was just my long, drawnout way of saying "who cares".  God is in control.

#385296 "Ban The Person Above You" Game

Posted by ThePilgrim on 02 September 2014 - 04:43 PM

For crying out loud, ban 2b . . 

Eccl 3:4
4 A time to weep, 

#385294 Whats for Supper...

Posted by ThePilgrim on 02 September 2014 - 04:15 PM

Harvested my jalapeno's and canned them today.  Tired, just going to to have pancakes, fried eggs, and bacon tonight.

#384854 Uk Folks

Posted by ThePilgrim on 31 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

This is a thing that the Lord has commanded his people to do: Matt 28:19-20

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
I have found that many people going into the ministry think of this as meaning that they should pack up their gear and run off to some foreign land.  I think for a country such as ours which has fallen so far from where it once was before God that this is not the only mission field.  Going to ends of the earth to tell the good news of the gospel might mean that you may end up going just a few miles away from where you are right now.  The earth is round and the end of the earth, when looking out your front door is actually right behind you at your back door.
I look around the Portland, Or area (which Hillsboro is a suburb of) and I see a dearth of neighborhood churches.  I see large chuches around the cities in the more prosperous areas but very very few local neighborhood churches.  I see lots of church starts in the suburbs but few in the crowded areas of the cities.  Jesus did not teach that only the prosperous would get into His kingdom.  How often does He speak of the poor being blessed versus the rich being blessed?  
I guess you can't really blame young bible school and seminary graduates for wanting a comfortable life in the suburbs, nor can you blame them for wanting to spend some time in a foreign land, but who is going to preach to the poor just a few miles away in the inner city and the poorer areas of the Portland metro area.  Missionaries from all over the world are supported by the churches I have attended, but I can't remember a one that was a missionary to someplace in the Portland metro area.
Oh sure, big names like Billy Graham and Louis Palau come to the colosseum or the sports stadium and get some so-called decisions from the mostly middle class audience from the suburbs.  Even if some of the poor are there and "go forward" what then?  Where do they go?  They get lost in the shuffle!  The big churches including the Catholics and Episcopalians get the affluent and middle class but there no neighborhood church to invite poor Mr. Jones.
Just some thoughts . . . . no answers.

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