Neil; yes and no. While the isolationist ideology is attractive, we must remember that we are in a world economy, not simply one that involves us. As a result, stability is important, as stability is one of the little cogs that effect world economy. As far as Israel, no, I don't think they could necessarily do it on their own, because the Other world powers would have no problem isolating them, and sanctioning them from existance. Think of what we did to Iraq; what other than plausible US involvement prevents Russia or another superpower from doing the same to Israel? And as far as oil, if they are willing to strap on bombs and kill themselves to destroy their enemies, do you really think low oil prices will give them pause?
From the time that Nikita Khrushchev told the western world "We will bury you." (The context being that with the subtle influx of liberalism into our society, our own working class will bury us under a tsunami of public debt created by a socialist style wealth redistribution) we have seen the effects of subtle communism, and are well on the way to destruction. However, I do agree that radical Islam is a more immediate and violent danger. With sensible elections, (good luck) we could head off communism, but Democracy is too kind to deter radical Islam. It is like a flesh eating virus that must be carved out before it takes over the entire host.
From the story it seemed she was overstepping; complaints for questioning customers over whether they took the Lords name in vain, and preaching... Both good thing, on your own time. I have a secular job and would consider it stealing to use the time they are paying me to share my views... If you want to witness, great. Just do it on your time.
John Y. Obamas own admission (in his book) was that he had no interest in Church; however community leaders approached him when he wanted to be a community organizer, and said he must be a member of a Church to community organize in their community. So, he waltzed over to Jeremiah Wrights "church" and became a member. No conversion, no interest, it was a business deal pure and simple. His "Christianity" is a farce.
I'll answer for SteveR... The rights that are being lost: The right to be allowed to choose what bathroom to use, based on my daily "feeling" and not "plumbing" The right to force others to call be by whichever pronoun suits that feeling. The right to sue for massive amounts of money if either of those are denied. I teach at a secular community college, and have been seeing more and more of these individuals pop up; it is mostly males, and they creep out the female students when they want to use the girls bathroom; most assume they are perverts trying for a peek. And yes, it is annoying when one complains to the dean, "Professor R. Referred to me as a "He" today, and I felt... Slighted.
John; do you think that by spouting epithets at those others, you will be accepted more readily by those who question your sincerity of conversion due to your continued membership as a Catholic? If you are saved, pray for them and witness to them, don't just step back and name call.
It's sad... Think if it, we have preachers of the GOSPEL fighting over their claim on HIS WORD. There is (should be) no copyright on the Word of God. I would be honored if someone thought my presentation was clear enough to emulate. I would suggest that anyone who has a fit over "pulpit plagiarism" is probably in it for filthy lucre, and not the harvest.
Raise your hand if you have mouthwash and NyQuil in your cabinet... Medicinal use. Beer? Wine? Wild Turkey? Not so much. It has been shown that juice of grapes is actually better for your health than wine made from it. (Recent study shows same benefit of one glass of juice a day versus one glass of wine a day, but wine increases risk of cancer) The problem we face is with INTENTION. Most people who are arguing about drink being ok only do it so they have an excuse. (If that is not you, then I didn't mean you, I meant the other guy. Not trying to offend, just observing...)
To clarify; I believe that the Cup (communion/ Lord's Supper) MUST be unfermented, as the Passover was a picture of Christ. In the Passover, leaven was completely avoided as a picture of sin. They searched their houses to be sure it was all gone, and ate their meal without leaven. To ferment alcohol, leaven is used. God would not ruin the picture He had shown us of Christ by switching up at the last minute. I don't drink; quit when I received Christ at 19... I agree with "Thing" from earlier; there is a massive cross section of Bible that tells us it is best to avoid it, so I'm not going to pick Scriptures to argue permissive.
And SteveR is not stevenr. Back to Strat/JohnY While command was once "be fruitful and multiply" I believe Strat is correct now; Paul gives the advise to not, if you can contain your lust. Assuming all things stay the same would have us doing many things God later changed; I believe that before the flood man was a vegetarian... Remember to read the WHOLE Bible.