Dolores L, "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:3-7)
When we are bombarded with everyone's "truth", it becomes imperative that we pray our nights away, asking God for the wisdom from James1:5 that He promises to give us. While we humans might see in shades of gray there is no darkness in Him and all are absolutes - black and white. But our eyes must ALWAYS be pointed upward, looking into the One Thing that is never confused, distorted or brought down to anyone's level or personal experience. Then, and ONLY then, will we perceive clearly (albeit, dimly) what we desire in our hearts - purity from the filth and confusion. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Corinthians 13:12). While we cannot know everything, we can trust Him who does and strive to know Him more deeply by studying His word and allowing "the Sp
Monsanto is truly an evil company. About 10 yrs ago in Jim's NE, they bought a relatively small plot of land in the midst of large corn producing farms. Monsanto then used crop dusters for their parcel and the fertilizer oversprayed; within 24 hours it killed the others farmers' crops. After a lengthy court battle, the farmers were told they wouldn't receive a dime. So Monsanto offered them a peace pipe of sorts and sold them THEIR seed at a fraction on the cost. All the farmers took it that years and the reduced rate of the crop duster to fertilize. Next year, some of them didn't want to use Monsanto - NOTHING grew in their fields, not even a green shoot came up. To this day, there is one hold out and weeds don't even grow in his field. The other five farmers all grow Monsanto seed, at no reduced costs...
In the world of creepy GM animals, the U of Wyo has genetically engineered a goat that milks spider webbing. They are hoping to use their "technology" in US troops gear. Indeed, "oh, what a tangled web we weave..."
Harry Leeson, T-bills, notes and bonds make up a percentage of debt, obviously. But total US debt also includes things like our now decrepid housing market (thanks Freddie and Fannie) and other personal debt, plus private corporation debt. Just our national debt totals are painfully misleading - they don't take into account Social Security and Medicare payments (just the trust funds only and those are rather easily manipulated) and some other government securities. It's actually far, far worse than the $17-whatever-trillion they mention in this article.
And, sadly, if the government finds something else to do with the money than pay off EE bonds, don't think for a second they love you that much!
Lurker, thanks, I value your opinion greatly! I tangled with others for years with this idea of you can be saved and remain in any denomination. Your last three statements were and are exactly true. I found that being unequally yoked, even in certain areas of the Christian walk is NOT what God wants for us. It is better to abstain than join in. To me, the RCC is like the SDA, only bigger. To find a persons true conversion is NOT my job but it IS my job to get to know someone enough to decide if I should take their words with a grain of salt or inhale, so to speak. How else would you know how to pray for someone? While I can agree with SteveR to the point that we are called to love, I can only agree insofar as much it isn't blind love - that's where Satan does some of his greatest work.
Christopher, this is what I was trying to figure out with SteveR. Is there a point, being in a saved state by grace, that your surroundings become absolutely incompatible with the truths you are learning and as your faith matures. When I was in the SDA church, for quite some time I thought I could just be "a bad SDA" - staying but not practicing or believing their doctrines. After a while, it wore so hard on me it became obvious that there must be some absolute truths biblically and I was not living in them. Kind of like being in an adulterous relationship, realizing you can't be, cutting off the physical part but still maintaining a relationship; it just doesn't work. But I know how difficult it is to find that line and I think often-times it must be prompted by God, since we tend to turn back to what we are comfy in. You could get into the whole "Parable of the Sower" and begin to question which seed you really are...
According to the national debt clock, each taxpayer now owes over $134,000 to our illustrious government leaders! Let me just start digging through my couch cushions, I am sure I can come up with something...
SteveR, if I follow your train of thought and apply this to the raising of our children, there is an enormously huge hole here. "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company corrupts good morals.', (1 Corinthians 15:33 HCSB). If the unbeliever has not welcomed God's spirit, but can have the appearance of good works ("And then I will declare to them, βI never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!β (Matthew 7:23 NKJV)), are we not commanded to "Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.β (John 7:24 HCSB)? Not a single one of us may command a soul to Hell; however, since we are called to be in but not of, separate yet a light on a hill, there must be a way to reckon calling those who profess faith but do not actually posses it - otherwise will we not run the risk of corrupting good morals? It must be more than "just a relationship with Christ". Are there any absolutes by which we can measure whom we align ourselves?
Okay, my confusion then, if we're talking apples and apples here, lies in looking at the fruit a person bears and determining whether they are part of the body of Christ. No one can say whether a person will sit in eternity with Christ simply because we are not Judge - we have control only of the Earthy vessel. But we are also charged with looking out for wolves and "little foxes". So how do you tell them apart from believers if they continue living in a state which is opposed to God's word? The SDA church does this. Denominations don't save you, but when you are married to Christ, your loyalties should be to that husband only - what if that church/denomination demands more? Whether you give it ear or not, wouldn't you be straddling the fence by continuing on within its doors?
SteveR, who does the justifying? Is this man's responsibility or the Holy Spirit's work? I believe that the process of Sanctification is on-going: "I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6). But didn't Christ justify those He chose when He died and rose again? Maybe we are talking about a different definition of justification?
SteveR, I agree completely! It's the "True Faith" you spoke of I'm wondering about. It seems as though, and I may be misunderstanding, that you hold the position that we can be saved and, while we continue to be sinners (we do and are) we can live in carnality, perhaps forever, while being in a saved state of grace?
SteveR and John Y - I have heard of this theological position before somewhere. Do you mean to say that there are spiritual Christians and carnal Christians? I'm debating nothing! Just asking for clarity.
This story of Bauchman has a misleading title - this has nothing to do with women and politics. If even a fraction of this article is true, we are already standing behind the chain link fence looking OUT!
Husband read this Psalm with us this morning. Seems appropriate: "For I hear the whispering of many - terror on every side! - as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, βYou are my God.β My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!" (Psalm 31:13-16)
Eric, it stands for Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Their site is "hslda.org". We have used them now for four years and they have been a tremendous blessing in helping us as we moved from one state to another with the various laws and formalities. They have the legal documents parents need to homeschool in their state and should the state step in to provide your life with a "little spice" they are there with a host of lawyers to help out. Lots of other benefits, too!
The cliche "It's about a relationship with Jesus" seems to be more and more the Christian battle hymn. Doesn't this seem to imply the idea of "if it's good for you, go with it"? Judas had a relationship with Christ; for that matter, so did Lucifer. Yes I know what they are intending to say, but it seems like across the board groups have embraced this bumper sticker mentality and burned the Christian candle down to "Well, after all, it's just a relationship with Christ that matters." No more biblical truths; it's like a spiritual free-for-all. It's one of the big pieces that's eroded the family, institution of marriage, child rearing/education, sexual orientation and nearly any public semblance of solid doctrine, in my opinion.
Oh boy. Yep Thomas, you are right. If you deny them entry then it will follow that "you must be hiding something". Next time will be a warrent-obtained search which means a social worker case number... Now you're in the system. Couldn't urge NC homeschoolers to join HSLDA quicker! At least you'll have some help when they come knockin'.
Christopher, that was great! Sometimes I'm hoping he's joking, I don't think he is but I love how you can lighten it up! Thanks for a blessed laugh! I'm Scottish and Dutch - so does that mean I'm an angry penny pincher? Or maybe an awesome golfer, I just don't know it!