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16  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / You Know You're From a Small Town If... on: March 16, 2004, 01:07:29 AM
You can name everyone you graduated with.

You ever went to parties at a pasture, barn, or in the middle of a dirt

You used to drag "main".

You said a cuss word and your parents knew within the hour.

You ever went cow-tipping or snipe hunting.

School gets canceled for state events.

It was cool to date someone from the neighboring town.

The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

You think kids that ride skateboards are weird.

The town next to you is considered "trashy" or "snooty," but is actually
just like your town.

Getting paid minimum wage is considered a raise.

You refer to anyone with a house newer than 1980 as the "rich people."

The people in the city dress funny, then you pick-up on the trend two
years later.

Anything you want can be found at  the feed

You see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town.

Directions are given using "the" stop light as a reference.

You have ever taken a trailer or dog to school on a daily basis.

You know what 4-H is.

You decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask
if you need a ride.

You can charge at all the local stores.

The closest McDonald's is 45 miles away. So is the closest mall.

17  Fellowship / For Men Only / Clocks in Heaven on: March 16, 2004, 12:59:49 AM
A man passed away and went to Heaven. Upon arriving at the
pearly gates, St. Peter said, "Come on in. I'll show you around.
I really think you'll like it here." Walking through the gates,
the man noticed that there were clocks everywhere. It appeared
that Heaven was nothing more than a giant clock warehouse.

Surprised at how Heaven looked, the man asked St. Peter, "What's the
deal with all the clocks?"

St. Peter replied, "They keep track of everybody on earth.
There is one clock for each person. Every time someone tells a lie,
his clock moves forward one minute. For instance, this clock belongs to
Sam, a used car salesman. If you watch it closely, it will move any
second." Click. The minute hand on Sam's clock moved forward one
minute. Click. It moved forward another minute. "Sam must be closing on
a deal right now," said St. Peter. "The minute hand on his clock moves
all day long."

The man and St. Peter continued walking and soon came across a
clock covered with cobwebs. "Whose clock is this?" asked the man.

"That clock belongs to the Widow Mary. She is one of the finest
persons on earth. I bet her clock hasn't moved in a year or two."

They continued walking and touring Heaven. The man enjoyed watching the
clocks of all his friends. When the tour was finally finished, the man
said, "I've seen everyone's clock but one. Where is President Clinton's
kept?" St. Peter smiled and said, "Look up there. We use his for a
ceiling fan."

18  Fellowship / For Men Only / Heaven on: March 16, 2004, 12:57:09 AM
A man arrives at the gates of heaven. St. Peter asks, "Religion?"

The man says, "Methodist."

St. Peter looks down his list, and says, "Go to room 24, but be
very quiet as you pass room 8."

Another man arrives at the gates of heaven. "Religion?"


"Go to room 18, but be very quiet as you pass room 8."

A third man arrives at the gates. "Religion?"

"Jewish." "Go to room 11, but be very quiet as you pass room 8."

The man says, "I can understand there being different rooms for
different religions, but why must I be quiet when I pass room 8?"

St. Peter tells him, "Well the Catholics are in room 8, and they
think they're the only ones here.

19  Fellowship / For Men Only / Heaven's Entrance Exam on: March 16, 2004, 12:50:05 AM
A man dies and goes to heaven. Of course, St. Peter meets him at the Pearly
Gates. St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points to make it
into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a
certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When
you reach 100 points, you get in."

"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and
never cheated on her, even in my heart."

"That's wonderful," says St. Peter, "that's worth three points!"

"Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported
its ministry with my tithe and service."

"Terrific!" says St. Peter. "That's certainly worth a point."

"One point?!!" "I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter
for homeless veterans."

"Fantastic, that's good for two more points," he says.

"Two points!?!!" Exasperated, the man cries. "At this rate
the only way I'll get into heaven is by the grace of God."

"Bingo, 100 points! Come on in!"

20  Theology / Debate / The Four Horsemen on: March 15, 2004, 09:22:34 AM
When the Tribulation period is spoken of, reference is to all the seven years of Daniel 9:27. The Great Tribulation covers only the last three and a half years of the period. The first six seals occur during the first half of Daniel's Seventieth week. They are the beginning of sorrows Mt 24:8. The first four seals are broken in connection with the four living creatures, but it is the Lamb who has the power and Authority to break the seals. As he does so, more of the contents of the scroll are brought into view.

1   And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2   And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

The rider on the white horse has been identified with Christ (Ch 19), or even a false Christ. To identify the rider as any specific person is not in keeping with the interpretation of the other horses, which symbolize conditions and not individuals. This rider and horse refer to the attempts of many to bring in permanent peace ( I Thess 5:3). It is verifiable from many times in the past, and especially in this century, that before some of the greatest conflicts between nations, there have been powerful attempts at man-made peace. In this passage horses speak of the powerful providential actions connected with the government of the earth. Speed is also a factor (Zech 1,6). White speaks of victory and triumph, a bloodless victory for the moment.

3   And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4   And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

This second beast or living creature is connected with the breaking of the second seal. Unquestionably, this seal speaks of war, bloodshed. There went out another horse that was red. Man's attemps at world peace has failed miserably and carnage is the result Mt 24:6-7. The great sword indicates wars ravages will be let loose on a universal scale throughtout the earth.

5   And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

The rider on the black horse is holding a symbol of commerce. Too, when there is abundance, there is no minute weighting of common articles of food (Ezk 4:10, 16). Worldwide war is followed by worldwide famine (Mt 24:7), becouse the soil is abused and men are not free to work as necessary.

6   And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The scarcity of the time is underscored by the inflated price of necessities. One mans measure of wheat will take a days wage; three measures of barley ( the food for cattle and horses) can be bought for a days wage. These are starvation  conditions. Wheat and Barley are necessities of life, but why the mention of Oil and the wine? The are luxuries (Ps 104:15; Ptov 21:17) for the rich. The wealthy will apparently will not be touched at first, but ultimately thy will under go suffering as well.

7   And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8   And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The pale horse clearly speaks of death by pestilence and plague. Death is the place of the body of the departed and is synonymous with the grave; hell is the abode of the departed spirit (Ezk 14:21; see Mt 24 for the same order as in the horses. Notice that one-forth of the earth is involved.
21  Fellowship / For Men Only / Re:Handshakes on: March 15, 2004, 12:28:01 AM

I am from the South. By shaking a mans hand you can tell how tough he is, his grip.

You can also tell by the style of the way he shakes his hand.
22  Fellowship / For Men Only / Being a Man. on: March 15, 2004, 12:07:01 AM
I like being a man becouse:

I don't need but one pair of boot's(they last at least a year)

I can kill my own food.

I don't need to know but a few colors.

I know how to fix my own truck.

It takes me only about 2 minutes to shop  Grin

I ain't scared of snakes,gatoes,etc..

and so on....

Yet you married men are lucky!
I have not married yet.

If/when I do marry I will wear the paints in the house.

you know why?

the wife can never make up her mind. Grin

I will have to let her KNOW I can't read minds too.

Do you hate it when you know something is bothering her but she say's "nothing."

Then the female will shop all around town trying to find the cheapest prices. When she does find the item like a 2 dollor idem...it would have cost her 10 for the gas to get all around town Grin

But I'm gonna run now....FAST Grin

23  Theology / Debate / The new biometric ID system on: March 14, 2004, 12:52:14 AM
I read this in my newspaper. It's dated Wednesday, December 3, 2003.

Israel to install biometric Id system at Gaza checkpoint.
Jerusalem (AP)- Isreal's military plans to install a sophisticated biometric identification system at a Gaza strip checkpoint in an effort to speed the passage of entering Palestinian workers and limit what can be dangerous friction with Israeli soldiers.

The system, developed by On Track Innovations LTD., OTI, will use two biometric sensors to read the facial dimensions and hand geometry of Palestinian workers crossing through the Erez checkpoint, said Ohad Bashan, director of global marketing at the Israeli company.

When installed in January, the system will be the first of it's kind in the world, he said. The Erez checkpoint, at the northn end of the Gaza strip, is the main crossing into Israel for Palestinian construction or agricultural workers. Before Israeli-Palestinian violence erupted in 2000, tens of thousands of workers crossed every day.

Sincethen, Israel has severely restricted entrance, concerned about terrorists sneaking into the country disguised as laborers. Currently, about 10,000 Palestinian laborers parade every morning through the narrow passageways of the Erez checkpoint, showing soldiers laminated identification cards. If a card is believed to be fake, its owner can be held up for hours while he is interrogated and his document is checked.

The new biometric system is designed to increase security and speed up the check at the same time. Workers will carry special "smart" cards that have their facial and hand biometrics encoded. Workers passing through the checkpoint will have their heads and hands quickly scanned to make sure they match the data stored on the cards.

Read Revelation 13:16

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

24  Theology / Debate / Faith alone on: March 12, 2004, 03:46:06 AM
Romans 3:21

But now the righteousness of God without the the law is manifest, being witness by the law and the prophets;

The righteousness of God is neither an attribute of God  nor the changed character of the believer. As defined in Romans 1:17, the righteousness of God is Christ himself, who met every demand of the law for us in our stead, and is "made unto us......righteousness" I Cor 1:30. God's righteousness is is demonstrated and communicated to us through the cross. Just as Jesus and sin have nothing in common, so too the righteousness was not manifest in keeping the law but was manifest at the cross when "He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Cor 5:21).

Every time a man took his sacifice to the Temple for a sin offering, confessed his sin, and killed the animal, he was testifying that he had faith in a righteousness that was not his own. The law bears witness to an external righteousness that God provides, but the law itself cannot provide.

We are justified when the righteousness of God is applied to us "though faith in Jesus Christ".

This righteousness is placed upon us as a cloak when by faith we receive Jesus as Saviour.

Righteousness is from God, through Jesus, to all who receive him by faith.
25  Theology / Debate / Therefore by the deeds of the law....... on: March 12, 2004, 03:10:48 AM
Romans 3:20

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh  be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The righteousness of God is sadly needed in the whole world. It is needed by the heathen, the moralist, the Jew, etc..the righteousness of God is needed by the whole world. There is no law anywhere that can justify any man. The law of the heather, the law of nature, the law of morality, the law of conscience, the law of Moses, none can justify a man and make him righteous in the sight of God. Even the law of Christ, laid down in the Sermon on the Mount, cannot justify a man. It is by the law that the knowledge of sin comes, a point explained in 5:20; 7:7. But no law can save a man. The law can convict men of sin, it can define sin, but it cannot emancipate man from sin. Only the grace of God can do that. But if the righteousness is to come to the individual, it must come through grace, sovereign grace, not human works.

Many say one is saved through Faith and works.

but did you know what works Jesus was talking about?

the works are..
to feed the hunry
clothe the naked
just help anyone in need....etc...but that is by no means a way of earning salvation. One should do that out of love. Everything we have.....comes from God. And I mean everything. If one is saved, believing God,trusting him, where is the boast of the law? We couldnt obey it. No one has only Jesus. If we had to stand before God and be judged by the law then EVERYONE would go to hell.

The good news is God didn't use the law to judge us.
God will judge us on the base of if we believed/trusted in Jesus.
and how if we loved/treated other people.
26  Welcome / About You! / Re:Hi... fellow Christians!!! on: March 08, 2004, 10:37:08 PM
Thank you everyone for your warm welcome... and to Tony350... I am a brother in Christ although it is doubtful that we are twins... lol... after all my vehicle doesn't have a "350" engine... lol Cheesy  

I look forward to having many thought provoking... faith building conversations... with everyone....

A brother in Christ indeed!
But I have no idea how ya knew I have a 350 motor in my truck... Huh....... Grin
see ya around.....
27  Theology / Prophecy - Current Events / Re:Kinsey & Homosexual Movement on: March 08, 2004, 06:39:41 AM

Hello folks,
I have heard of Kinsey but never read any of his books.
I was raised in Methodist Church since i was about 7 years old. We got about 5 other Churchs in town. My town, the population is only 1200+  Grin I have known everyone at my Church since i was young. Everyone here knows everyone else good. It's that type of small country town. Anyway we have had a number of preachers both male and female in my Church. Some of my preachers tought things that was not in the Bible or that was false. When that happened, everyone at Church used the Scriptures to point that out. 99% of the preachers agreed with the Scriptures, the ones that didn't got mad and left.  Embarrassed But at no time in my lifetime at my Church, agreed that the gay lifestyle was ok. But I have never believed ANY Church was perfect. I know that all Churchs are God's (those Churchs that are true and teach what Jesus taught.) I go to Church to have followship,etc.. but I use God's Word for my guild. I have bee to all the Churchs at one time or another in my town. I don't know about other Churchs that are far away from my town that are Methodist. But my Church does condemns homosexual practice. Well the whole town here condemns homosexual practice.  Grin as it should. And we only have one cop here.  Grin
Thats what type of town I live in. You may have heard about the race ploblems in Mississippi? It ain't that way here where I live though. About 20% at my Church is black. Half my friends are black. I grew up with blacks.
I think I got off track here... Undecided
What im trying to say is I fear in the future 2+ years from now the gays will have the same rights as the rest of us. Now think of kids growing up then not knowing that the gay lifestyle is wrong. That itself is one sign of Christ return.
Men being lovers of themself. Unless God does something, gays are gonna be allowed to marry all across America.
Becouse the courts (which is suppose to uphold God's laws) tossed out everything us Christians believe. They already took out the 10 Commandments out of the schools, among other things. I could talk hours here but ya'll know how the world is today. I often think about the great heros of the Bible, David,Paul,etc...and just think if they were here today. We know Paul would be hated by most of the world, yet with his boldness and faith he would stir up things big time. Grin
Ploblem is non-christians just don't care. And it seems to be more non-christians then Christians today. And  then when we Christians try to help..we are pushed down.
How many of you here have tried to help a non believer? and the person says "its none of your business" or "don't preach to me." People just won't listen today. Yet, we all know when we stand before God, ALL will listen and bow to the true, living, God! Anyway sorry I got off track to much my mind was wondering as I wrote.
28  Welcome / About You! / Hello on: March 07, 2004, 10:17:37 PM

Welcome Rhys! I hope ya enjoy your time here. I can relate to you being a Christian and loving camping... Grin
Not much beats loading you boat up...rideing down the river till you find a good spot to camp. I'm lucky enough to live by the Mighty Mississippi River... Grin
Enjoy this forum, and when ya camp watch out for them gators and snakes. Grin
29  Theology / Debate / Re:HOROSCOPES??? on: March 05, 2004, 11:42:49 PM
I know of a few Christian ppl who absolutely love these things. I have always thought of them as evil & nothing more then stupidity at its best. Some of these ppl (Some friends) say there is nothing wrong, they are just harmless.
Am I being too stuffy about it that I am 100% against them or does anyone else see a problem with them?
Thanks all.

I know a lot of people who read  them as well. Yet what most people don't know is it is witchcraft. You are right. They are evil. I see a ploblem with them too. First the more a person gets into horoscopes the less they obey God. Horoscopres is the devils tool, just one of the tools the devil uses. Horoscopes can also lead a person into all kinds of evil stuff such as...trying to reach a dead person, its also lost hope, among others.
30  Welcome / About You! / Re:Hi on: March 05, 2004, 05:01:54 PM
Hello fellow people.

I'm new to this forum. I don't have a religion and feel lost sort of. A lot of people I know are knowledable in history and the bible and they sometimes question religion and god. While what they say is hard to question because of their knowledge, education and the facts they tell me, I feel like i'm in the middle and looking for the right answers.

While i'm on this forum I will likely post what I'm told from others and just want an honest real answer to them.

I'm just looking for the right path.

Welcome Chome,
I hope you enjoy your time here. As for as "Religion" don't get caught up in religion......Set your eyes on Christ and keep em there! You will learn a lot from the nice folks here. The right path is Jesus. Jesus won't mislead you. Religion will. Read God's Word. After a while you will know whats right and wrong, will know the right path. If you ever need help just ask.
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