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Christian Music / Nearer My God to Thee
« on: October 11, 2015, 11:15:45 AM »
The older I get it seems that music moves me more. This is a wonderful rendition of the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee". Without a word spoken you seem to be drawn nearer to God. It appears in the video that others felt the same even if they didn't know what was going on.

Can you even start to imagine what it'll be like one day very soon when we can participate in a scene like this in person before our wonderful and merciful God?

Town Hall / Front Lines of the Ebola War
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:45:14 PM »
The following is an eye opening account of 2 drs who have been in Liberia fighting Ebola. Worth every minute of the 1.5 hour presentation.

Drs. James Appel and Gillian Seton report on their recent experience supporting in the Ebola-stricken country of Liberia.

This new Pope is fast gaining popularity even among the non Catholics. It's time that some go to the library and dig up those old history books and read for themselves what happened and why. People need to understand what it means to be a Protestant. The Roman Catholic Church has not changed it's beliefs or teachings and this new Pope makes it very clear.

“There are those who believe you can have a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside of the communion and the mediation of the Church,” he continued. “These are dangerous and harmful temptations.”

Recently the Pope sent a messenger to one of the leaders of the pentecostal movement declaring that Martin Luther's protest is over and more or less invited the leaders to come back home. We live in interesting times.

Town Hall / Insert quote option
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:07:07 PM »
Am I doing something wrong with the "insert quote" option? Every time I click on it, it just takes me back to the to top of the post I'm currently creating. I've used it before with no problems. I get the same result in either Firefox or IE.

Religious News / Pope: Other Christians not true churches
« on: July 10, 2007, 09:58:55 AM »

Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.

Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians. It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church.

Religion & Theology / Quiz: What's your theological worldview?
« on: June 12, 2007, 04:04:08 PM »
Just for fun.....  What's your theological worldview?

Secular News / Adultery could mean life in prison, court finds
« on: January 19, 2007, 09:26:06 AM »
Adultery could mean life, court finds
That's what the law says in sex-drug case Cox appealed

January 15, 2007



In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan's second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Here is the whole article.

Town Hall / Purchasing a new Bible
« on: January 09, 2007, 05:05:13 PM »
My Bible after 13 years is starting to come apart. I really like my Bible for several reasons so I'm seriously considering having it rebound or resown. Whatever is needed to put it back together.

However, I'm also considering purchasing a new one. I'm not afraid to spend a little money to get a good one. I want one that will last longer than this one did. I was wondering if there was one particular Bible or model# that any of you could highly recommend.

Please note... I'm not talking about what version. I already have my mind made up on that one. I'm talking about a particular Bible, style, make model that has been a blessing to you. Most manufactures will make the same model in different versions. I've looked at the Cambridge Bibles and the signature series from Thomas Nelson (I like their center column references) but am not completely sold on either.

What are your thoughts?

Secular News / Big Brother, Big Business
« on: December 04, 2006, 09:36:06 AM »
If you have two hours to kill you might find this special from CNBC interesting.

Town Hall / Free MP3 Bible
« on: October 25, 2006, 01:44:14 PM »
For those who might have a mp3 player or listen to mp3 files on your computer you might be interested in downloading this free mp3 Bible... well... assuming you don't mind KJV or WEB versions. You can find them here...

Religious News / Could the Pope Reverse the Concept of Limbo?
« on: October 12, 2006, 12:17:21 PM »


According to the Catholic weekly newspaper The Universe, Father Allen Morris from the England and Wales Bishops’ Conference’s Department of Christian Life and Worship said: "What happens to the child of Christian parents, whose parents haven’t been able to get their child [baptized]? Is that child condemned to Hell? Given what we know of God’s love, this would be unreasonable, so therefore there must be another way."

That "other way" has been under review since 2004, when Pope John Paul II asked the Church's International Theological Commission (ITC) to come up with "a more coherent and enlightened way" than limbo of describing the fate of innocents. The review is part of the Church's wider re-examination of the notion of salvation in general. Pope Benedict XVI had been expected to make an announcement last week, but the ITC had failed to resolve the issue. The Pope has now delayed the decision, and a document on limbo as a theological concept is expected to be published next year.

Town Hall / Heart or Behavior modification?
« on: October 05, 2006, 01:15:11 PM »
Jesus said that sin begins in the heart even before the act takes place. For example...

Exo 20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

Mat 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

1Jo 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

The Lord wants more from us than for us to modify our behavior He wants to give us a new heart so that good behavior comes naturally.

Science is finally catching up with idea that things happen in the brain first.


Brain's Action Center Is All Talk: Strong Mental Link Between Actions And Words

The brain's premotor cortex shows the same activity pattern when subjects observe an action as when they hear words describing the same action, the study's authors said.

Full Story here

Humor is the best Medicine / hunting Arminians for sport
« on: October 05, 2006, 11:25:36 AM »
This is for Me again and Tom   :brew:

When hunting Arminians for sport, Calvinists should always remember to place an identifying mark on their catch before releasing them back into the wild.
Click here to see the proper way to mark them.

Town Hall / Reformation Day
« on: October 31, 2005, 12:25:24 PM »
Ninety Five Theses

(or, Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther
on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences)

October 31, 1517

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam
agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance,
i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.

3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.

4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.

5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.

6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that
it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God's
remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases
reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in
such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.

7. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same
time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His
vicar, the priest.

8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and,
according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying.

9. Therefore the Holy Spirit in the pope is kind to us,
because in his decrees he always makes exception of the
article of death and of necessity.

10. Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who,
in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.

11. This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of
purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown
while the bishops slept.

12. In former times the canonical penalties were imposed not
after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.

13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties; they are
already dead to canonical rules, and have a right to be
released from them.

14. The imperfect health [of soul], that is to say, the
imperfect love, of the dying brings with it, of necessity,
great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater is the fear.

15. This fear and horror is sufficient of itself alone (to say
nothing of other things) to constitute the penalty of
purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.

16. Hell, purgatory, and heaven seem to differ as do despair,
almost-despair, and the assurance of safety.

17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror
should grow less and love increase.

18. It seems unproved, either by reason or Scripture, that
they are outside the state of merit, that is to say, of increasing love.

19. Again, it seems unproved that they, or at least that all
of them, are certain or assured of their own blessedness,
though we may be quite certain of it.

20. Therefore by "full remission of all penalties" the pope
means not actually "of all," but only of those imposed by himself.

21. Therefore those preachers of indulgences are in error, who
say that by the pope's indulgences a man is freed from every
penalty, and saved;

22. Whereas he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which,
according to the canons, they would have had to pay in this life.

23. If it is at all possible to grant to any one the remission
of all penalties whatsoever, it is certain that this remission
can be granted only to the most perfect, that is, to the very fewest.

24. It must needs be, therefore, that the greater part of the
people are deceived by that indiscriminate and highsounding
promise of release from penalty.

25. The power which the pope has, in a general way, over
purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate
has, in a special way, within his own diocese or parish.

26. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in
purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not
possess), but by way of intercession.

27. They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles
into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].

28. It is certain that when the penny jingles into the
money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result
of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone.

29. Who knows whether all the souls in purgatory wish to be
bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. Severinus and

30. No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much
less that he has attained full remission.

31. Rare as is the man that is truly penitent, so rare is also
the man who truly buys indulgences, i.e., such men are most rare.

32. They will be condemned eternally, together with their
teachers, who believe themselves sure of their salvation
because they have letters of pardon.

33. Men must be on their guard against those who say that the
pope's pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man
is reconciled to Him;

34. For these "graces of pardon" concern only the penalties of
sacramental satisfaction, and these are appointed by man.

35. They preach no Christian doctrine who teach that
contrition is not necessary in those who intend to buy souls
out of purgatory or to buy confessionalia.

36. Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full
remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.

37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in
all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is
granted him by God, even without letters of pardon.

38. Nevertheless, the remission and participation [in the
blessings of the Church] which are granted by the pope are in
no way to be despised, for they are, as I have said, the
declaration of divine remission.

39. It is most difficult, even for the very keenest
theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people
the abundance of pardons and [the need of] true contrition.

40. True contrition seeks and loves penalties, but liberal
pardons only relax penalties and cause them to be hated, or at
least, furnish an occasion [for hating them].

41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, lest
the people may falsely think them preferable to other good
works of love.

42. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend
the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of

43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor
or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons;

44. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes
better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more
free from penalty.

45. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in
need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons,
purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.

46. Christians are to be taught that unless they have more
than they need, they are bound to keep back what is necessary
for their own families, and by no means to squander it on pardons.

47. Christians are to be taught that the buying of pardons is
a matter of free will, and not of commandment.

48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting
pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for
him more than the money they bring.

49. Christians are to be taught that the pope's pardons are
useful, if they do not put their trust in them; but altogether
harmful, if through them they lose their fear of God.


Secular News / Power-dressing Aussie leaves trail of destruction
« on: October 10, 2005, 02:08:55 PM »
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

 Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.

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