Thanks a lot for the continued prayers and advice. I moved from the town the taxes have built up in in 2003, and moved my business to another town. Not knowing I was suppose to send a one line note saying "business closed", I sent a change of address with my business name. I just found out yesterday that the taxes have been acruing with interest since then. CCan't speak to the assessor until Tues but I don't understand how they can demand the back taxes if I can prove my business has been gone all those years. no sleep until Tues, then the news, I guess. Thanks again for continued prayer, and sorry, RK, I don't like disrupting threads but I have nobody I can turn to here for this sort of thing.
Hi Mourner, I will pray for you as well. Human fear is no easy thing to keep oneself from feeling when faced with any number of lifes travails. When fear comes upon us, it is a constant battle throughout the days to keep it from consuming us which it will easily do if we keep that window open for longer than necessary. The longer we keep it open, the more difficult it is to shut which is why it's a constant battle...it's like someone is on the other side pulling as you're pushing. I'm going through a very fearful situation at this moment and constant prayer is the only thing keeping me sane. I notice that when I stop, the fear immediately begins taking over, so I understand what a battle it is and I admire you for standing on your convictions.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am a firm, hardcore believer in the power of prayer so anyone who can take the time throughout the next week, I can't even express in words how much it's appreciated. Even if you don't care for me...I'll take it. : ) Really difficult, highly stressful situation. I have no idea how I am even going to sleep because my blood pressure is so high and nerves have me jittery.
Since this thread is quieting down, can I please ask for prayer? I make it a point never to bother God with everyday mundane or financial things. I always stick to spiritual things that I know are His will, but I have to break my rules and hope this is ok. In 2001, I opened a small business in Cumberland, RI. I left the town, moving to Lincoln, RI in 2003. Well, as a naive new business owner, I had no idea that I had to notify the town of my closure. I just found out yesterday that I have been charged annual taxes since then with a yearly 14% APR. Thats 11yrs of taxes at about $2000/yr plus 14% int each year on the balance. Never once did I receive a payment book over the years, etc, or I would have fixed it immediately, even though they always had my current address. With interest, the amount could easily be 35-40k that we don't have and the stress would probably end my marraige. My wife has no idea, the lady I need to speak to isn't in until Tuesday, I'm terrified to call collections for the balance, I didn't sleep last night and won't for the next two. All I have is prayer because this is bad and I would really appreciate your help throughout the next week. I've been through a lot but have never experienced such stress. Please pray that the situation is resolved w
Mark M Wrote: "One of many reasons that I would never become a Catholic--although I'm a lot more tolerant of the church than some of you posters are."
Hi Mark, I'm wondering how familiar you are with the church of Rome. More precisely, the doctrines that the church teaches. Which of its doctrines are you more tolerant of or whats your view of the religious system as a whole? Keep in mind that the people themselves are never the focus of any attacks, but rather, the false system which promises Purgatory and Heaven by anti-biblical means.
To me, the commandment is not about a picture, drawing, or any particular object, but rather, the worth that one gives it. The command speaks about having no other gods, bowing, serving, and jealousy. I think a graven image and likeness thereof is forbidden when the object, etc, becomes some sort of a magical object, lucky charm, or point of spiritual focus. Otherwise, just to own one? Even though I "think" this, I don't know for certain so I don't own any sort of paintings of angels, Christ, or other objects.. I always thought that was kind of silly anyway since nobody has any clue what either looks like anyway. I do own an oversized cross made of olive wood from Jerusalem, but that's it.
Thanks Dorcas and Elise. I understand where Strat is coming from, to a degree while reading between the lines. All to often I have seen Christian husbands ruling their "women" with an iron fist, using a verse of scripture to keep them in line on pain of disobediance to God. I have heard of these militants, in extreme cases, spanking, slapping, and switching their wives should they become disobediant or show resistance. These are extreme contortions of God's Word, but emotional abuse is no less destructive and is not part of God's marraige plans. I feel that as a women loves her husband, so should the man love his wife. The man is the head of the house, and the familys spiritual head. I believe submission means recognizing these facts, acknowledging the mans appointed position, and giving the man charge, but love remains a partnership, nit a yes sir, no sir marine style existance where the woman is treated with contempt, deemed worthless and void of any significance.
"This man forgave the sins of all the priests of Buenos Aires..."
"Give me half your grace..."
I actually had some hope for this Pope because I thought he was different. I thought he was a rebel and might set some things straight. What do I think now? I think he is slowly unzippering his sheep suit. I will give the benefit of the doubt on some issues, but instead of standing strong, he is quickly caving in and complying to the pressures of the real powers within that be. We appoonted you and you will obey...
Oh my gosh. I'm very weak when it comes to things like this and couldn't let myself read past the editors warning. I know what these people do, to a degree, but can't handle reading more details. Those poor, poor babys who the medical community says, "feel no pain". Horrific barbarianism that, shockingly, is perfectly legal for any reason. I realize many of these women shouldn't even be mothers, but for adoption purposes, I wish they would all be required by law to view the ultrasounds and a video of what they're about to do being done to another poor baby who didn'nt make it and who had no say in the matter.
No, he's not mentally disturbed...he is the puppet of one of Satan's generals or maybe even Satan himself. Evil hiding behind maturity and wisdom, wealth and pomp, religiosity, and a kindly smile which shows concern for the poor while handing their eternal souls over to Satan in plain sight.
â€śThe Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No one else has done more. And yet the church is the only one attacked".
Boo hoo...are you kidding me? You're crying foul when the church hid its own for who knows how long, and still does; only showing feigned concern for all the rapes and molestations after it became public. Right, poor you
The blessed, holy Pope also affirmed opposition but has moved towards tolerance on a case by case basis?? Um, you just scored a huge victory for and approved Sodomite "Christianity". You just affirmed that God has changed and willl accept them as they are. Come one, come all...gay or straight. This is very serious.
I have been hearing about this on the radio all day. The talking heads are having a field day with a new topic. No way the ruling will set a precedenc. Can you imagine...half the kids in the US would be petitioning the courts the following day...ha-ha. I'm sure a whole lot of kids will be following this story very closely. Man, the courts would be tied up for years. The kids can send their parents to jail now for disciplining them so talk about really sticking it to them should this case even be argued, much less won.
Right, mans vows are mans vows, but what does the bible say? As bt the book noted...submit, be submissive, etc. Husbands are also instructed to love their wives as they love their bodys. The husband is the spiritual head, but I believe loving your wife includes talking things over, and settling differences by meeting in the middle if possible, not heavy handed dictatorship.
Hi Michael...I agree with your last paragraph because I always think about what a great witness the genuine, born again, conversion of an athiest in the public eye might be. I try to imagine a pope as well, but I suppose he would suffer excommunication as a heretic before he could do any real "damage".
Always amazing how passionate the athiests are against God. Would you think that if they truly didn't believe in a creator, they would just snicker amongst themselves saying,"Oh, there go those crazy Christians again", but not be bothered in any way? No, the Word of God is accurate and they remain willfully ignorant. I feel that they hate the God of the universe with a passion, can't stomach the thought of being held accountable to Him, and won't be told what to do or how to live...by anyone.
I'm glad you understood where I was coming from, Dolores. Patience is a good word I should have used. I should have also added that I do continue with prayer; never totallt utting anyone off. I can understand a person being angry, passionate to the point of temporary blindness, having mental challenges, etc. I can continue on, no problem unless they are incessently abusive. What I can't undunderstand are the ones I just can't figure out. I've always been able to read people pretty well and sometimes see hope that others don't. So when I can't figure someone out over time...that concerns me and makes me very ununcomfortable. I know I can get pretty nasty when cornered, disrespected, feel insulted, etc, and it's an issue with pride that I'm trying to overcome. Not easy, but it's one reason why I just slap my hands together to shake the dust, turn around, and walk away on a few.
To me, building a to-scale ark isn't about enhancing belief in any way, but rather, experiencing the awe and bringing a part of our history to life. We can read a book, but pictures bring parts of the story to life by providing visuals that turn what we would normally attempt to imagine into a vision of reality. Movies are even better because the words come to life and etch a motion picture story into our brains. The building of a life sized arc, for me, would serve as a display of the awesomeness of the God of the universe and a look back in time to experience the enormouse size of a barge that God Himself designed, Noahs family built, and the people who were left behind snickered and laughed at. I just think that it would be incredible just to stand next to it in order to grasp it's enormous size. Although, that is a whole lot of money that I think could be spent on human life and furthering God's work.