NO, but I drank my share of Philippine Coke while there in the Navy. Probably about the same. I have now, however, give up all soda and energy drinks. So I don't suspect I'll be enjoying one anytime soon.
There can also be a big difference between breeds of sheep.
I was going to mention that, as well. You would need to consider two things:
1: the breed-what breed of sheep did they hae there at the time? We raise some Icelandics and they are more like sheep than goats when it comes to shearing or hoof-trimming, noisier and more active.
2: The shearers. A true shearer is an expert-they know how to handle the sheep and shear them quickly. I have seen video of shearers in Australia who grab a sheep, toss it on its back and have it done and out in aboout 40 seconds. And those sheep tend to be very quiet and calm. That's the picture I see in my mind when I think of Christ.
this is funny! I remember (not long ago) when many of the people on this forum sounded as if they hated America, and I seemed to be the only one to speak up. I told some that if they don't like America, they are free to leave, buut as far as I know they thought it was good enough for them to stay.
I would be careful (some of you, and you know who you are) what I say in this thread, lest hypocrisy set in and overtake you!
I still can sing "God Bless America", can you?
Don't hate America, just dissaprove of what it has become, and is yet becoming. America began as a symbol of something: God, freedom, liberty, prosperity, the ability to just have your little place, the white pickett fence and a little land upon which to grow. Sure, its generally secular, but it followed, in a manner, after the promises to Israel, that every man would eat from his own vineyard and drink from their own cistern.
Now the American dream seems to have become to eat from government's own foodstamps and drink water that is filled with government-mandated flouride and milk full of hormones. Perosnal gardens are being regulated and in some places banned. You can no longer work a true cottage industry, as the government wants to regulate each product, the USDA wants to inspect each food product and kitchen in which its made, inspect your meats and decide what you can sell and what you cant. Raw milk dealers are treated as drug dealers. The little house with the white pickett fence is no longer a home to pass down to children, but an investment you buy and sell every few years. And if you DO leave an inheritance, the feds want half first. Many family businesses and farms are lost because the heirs can't afford the taxes and have to sell them to pay.
And I think I don't have to go into the rampant, government-sanctioned atheism, humanism, homosexuality, abortion, pornograpy and misconduct at every level of authority in the country.
No, singing God Bless America these days seems too much to me like asking God to bless that which is become abominable in His sight. More, we should sing, God save America, if its possible, though short of direct intervention from the hand of God, and maybe a full-out revolution, that may not be possible.. I love America, not for what it is or has become, but for what it has traditionally stood for. Maybe we should become more practiced in singing "This World is Not My Home." Its an easier tune to sing these days, isn't it?
Spongebob the Movie was pretty good, though it had David Hasslehoff in a bathing suit, and Patrick in his underwear, so, not great. Neptune's daughter was rather immodest, since she had no pants on. Granted, she had a fish tail, so, whataya gonna do?
Well, I DO admit to liking them superhero movies, like the Avengers. I was a real comic geek when I was young, and of course, watched Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby's 'Hulk'. I admit that, while I don't read comics any more, I likethe fact that technology has arrived to make realistic superhero movies, and generally speaking, they have made them pretty much without blood, cursing and sex, at least the ones I have watched.
I don't, however, like the messiah-complex they gave Superman in the last movie-found it a bit blasphemous. And they said he was for truth and justice, but no longer the American way. Granted, the American way isn't much to speak of any more so maybe a good thing. SO I am careful, even in these-there are many I don't watch.
If you never saw Avengers, there is one classic line I loved-Iron man and Captain America are in a jet, having just captured Loki, and thor comes along and slaps Iron Man out of the way, grabs Loki and jumps out. Iron Man follows him, and Captain America begins to put on a parachute to follow them. Black Widow warns him that he should sit it out, since "these guys are basicall gods." To which he replies, "There's only one God, ma'am, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that!" and out he goes. Interestingly, the producer is an atheist-he just realizes that someone from the 40's woud probably have more Christian values than someone today. I have prayed for him, Joss Whedon-maybe such a attitude may lead him to Christ yet.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
I believe Jesus will command the saints to kill the army of antichrist as it is written.
The sword of the Spirit is the word of God, with which we fight our enemy, Satan, not his people. The context of the passage is specifically NOT about flesh and blood, but about the powers of spiritual darkness, who we battle. Thus our weapon is the sword of the SPIRIT, the word of God. We serve the Prince of peace, not the god of war. The OT was about war and law, the NT is about peace and grace.
I'm new to IFB, and I need to ask: Why would a Christian artist adopt the pirate theme? It seems to me, from my little bit of research on Majesty, that maybe the creation of Patch the Pirate, and the acceptance of the whole pirate motif, was the beginning of what's becoming a larger problem.
Forgive me if I'm hijacking this thread, but I can't seem to find any other discussions where anyone is concerned about this.
A few years ago I discovered that the word of God exists in English, and this discovery has led me to leave the Pentecostal movement and seek fellowship with the IFB crowd. So far, so good, and I believe that as long as the King James Bible is the final authority we can get past other issues.
One of the first major events for me at my new church was involving my seven-year-old son in a small presentation where the kids sang three songs on Sunday morning and evening. Two of the songs were from IncrediWorld, and I downloaded those two so he could practice. They were fine songs I thought, with the (seemingly minor) issue that "Days of Creation" claims that on day one God created the "heavens" (plural) and earth. I told my son that God created only the third heaven (singular) at first, and the other two heavens were created after that. This was pretty minor, but when I saw the whole pirate theme, I knew I wouldn't be leaving any IncrediWorld CDs lying around the house, and that I wouldn't be enrolling my son in any pirate club.
Pirates steal, kill, and destroy. The word "pirate" isn't in the bible, but there is someone mentioned in the bible that does these things. What is Majesty thinking? Patch's ship is apparently even called the "Jolly Roger!" This is a skull and crossbones, guys! What are we all thinking?
In my old church I used to pray God's protection over myself and my family if the worship team started to play some questionable back beat, or if the message of the song was questionable. Now I'm protecting my son from pirates.
I know that all churches are full of sinners, but I'm still taking the pulse of the IFB movement. Thanks.
From Ron's testimony: he was diagnosed with eye cancer, and lost his eye as a result. Thus, he wore a patch. At some point, a child asked him if he was a pirate, to which he quickly replied, "Yes, I'm Patch the Pirate.". From this was born the idea, and the character. Used to be very good stuff, even though yes, I agree that a pirate may not be the best idea, but hey, he had the patch and was able to use it in a children's ministry. Sadly the music has begun to slip for a while now, even Ron's stuff, as well as music from Majesty in general.
So, not saying right or wrong, it just worked out that way.
Catholicism has always been evangelistic. In fact, history shows their fiery zeal for converting those of other faiths to Catholicism. They really had a burning desire to bring folks into the Mother church-I guess you could say they had a huge stake in it. In fact, seems to me they had specific groups who would rack their brains, really stretching for ways to bring folks in. Yeah, they really wanted to get their hooks into new folks, so they could fire 'em up!
Family time. My favorite time is when my wife and I are quietly alone, just sharing our time, knowing we are each there should we have something to share. Next to salvation she is my dearest and most cherished gift from God. 25 wonderful years this Tuesday!
Playing hymns on my viola (I'm not good, but it brings me peace).
Watching nature as I kayak some creek, river, or lake.
Watching/listening to fires in the woodstove or campfires.
This topic kinda reminds me of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music".
My father wrote his own version of 'My Favorite Things":
Rattlesnakes, scorpions and black wdow spiders
Tapeworms that wriggle and jiggle inside'yers
Vampire bat wings, and tarantula stings
these are a few of my favorite things
Three-legg-ed monsters and one-eye-ed creatures
shuffling zombies with lop-sided features
Ghosts that say "BOO!" as they jump out at you
These are a few of my favorites, too!
I remember Him singing this when I was a kid. He used to like to come up with his own versions of many songs, like "I'm getting Weirder in the Morning" or 'FIshidy-doo dah". I suspect he was just entertaining us kids, but I still, to this day, remember them, and in fact, when they came out to my church to renew their vows for their 50th anniversary, I sang his 'I'm getting weirder in the Morning", for them, played on my ukulele, with a couple new verses I wrote added to it. A good time was had by all, despite that!
Sometimes it seems that every topic gets a bit touchy around here.
Yet we manage to show grace, and part friends, even if we disagree. And honestly, as I have mentioned before, this is a good place and forum to practice dealing gracefully with issues we disagree with, which can help us in the real world, as well.