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  1. Does "all" always mean 100% of something every time in scripture? Luke 2:1 "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." So did the native Americans show up and pay taxes? How about the people in South America? Alaska? Russia? England? China? Matt 13:32 "Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof." Is the mustard seed actually the smallest all of seeds? Certain orchids from the tropical rain forest produce seeds, of which one seed weighs about 1/35,000,000 (one 35 millionth) of an ounce. The mustard plant produces a seed that weighs .05 grams. Matt 19:26 "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Can God lie? Cheat? Steal? Obviously all cannot always mean all. Everyone will not be saved, only the elect will be saved. Judas wasn't saved and he would be included in all if what you are saying is true.
  2. Bill, Get a hold of your county's Veteran's Service Officer. He will be in the white pages under your county's name, or just Google it. He will set up an appointment with you, discuss your situation and contact the VA on your behalf. You MUST have your DD 214. If you can't find your DD 214 you can get a copy here Request Military Service Records WWW.ARCHIVES.GOV
  3. Make mine chocolate chip and HOT coffee (decaf if after 5 PM!!!) I like my coffee hot. I pre-heat my coffee cup in the microwave, then I put the hot coffee in, then I microwave it for an additional 30 seconds then I put a "topper" on the cup. My brother made it on his wood lathe. It looks like a flying saucer and fits on top of my coffee cup. It keeps the coffee warm since it prevents the heat from escaping out the open top. Then I put the cup on a candle warmer that has been heating for 10 minutes. My coffee stays nice and hot for 10 minutes!
  4. It is tragic to think that there are born again Christians walking around fearful that they are in danger of Hell because of some minor sin that the may have innocently done years ago that they never repented of because they never knew they had even sinned. Years ago I heard a preacher say that “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62) He went on to say that if that describes you, you might as well have lots and lots of fun on earth now because in Hell you will not have any fun. The next week I spoke to another pastor of another church down the street. He said this is what Jesus said about eternal security; “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." John 10:28. What a relief. We are secure in the hand of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ. Ever since that watershed experience I have had the peace that surpasses all understanding.
  5. Advocates of "all divorce is outside of God's will" never quote anything from the OT book of Ezra where God commanded that 118 of His priests, who had married foreign women divorce them. Only four would not, Ezra 10:15 "Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah opposed this course of action, [divorcing their wives] and they were supported by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite." The other 114 priests did divorce their wives. See the tenth chapter of Ezra for the entire account. My story. I was your typical unsaved heathen man who married an equally unsaved heathen woman by a pastor that was also unsaved (but he was quite religious!) Four years later my wife begins an affair with a 15 year old boy, divorces me against my will, and abandons me by moving 300 miles east and getting married. After this I receive Christ as Lord and Savior but was told by an extremely legalistic elder that I can only marry my ex-wife I can never marry anyone else. I told him I thought that Christ's blood cleanses us of all sins? He said all but divorce! So I quoted Matthew 19:9, "And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful." His response? "That was added later by a scribe who was divorced, but was not in the oldest manuscripts!" So I asked about 1 Corinthians 7:15 "But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace." His response? "That was Paul speaking, not Jesus so it is not actually scripture!!! I left that church that day and never returned to it. A year later I married a wonderful Christian woman (in a real Christian church with a real born again Christian pastor.) That was 43 years ago and God has blessed our socks off. Life could not be better.
  6. The problem I see with preventing a law abiding citizen from purchasing a firearm is this; who decides who is and who is not eligible? Is some bureaucrat sitting behind a desk in Washington DC going to decide, and if so upon whose recommendations? A medical doctor perhaps? If so who will ascertain the political leanings of that physician? Or the bureaucrat? Will there be written guidelines that specifically state what can be used to prevent this applicant from obtaining a permit? What if the physician is an atheist who is certain anyone stupid enough to believe in God does not have the mental capacity to own a firearm? Or maybe the applicant has Arthritis and is taking Vicodin for the pain. Will he be labeled an opioid abuser and be turned down? What about blood pressure medicines, or even aspirin? If a leftist leaning physician wants to prevent gun applicants from getting permission he WILL find a reason. Parking ticket 25 years ago, or your driver's license expired last week? Yup, you are a law breaker and if you will break simple laws what will stop you from buying an "assault rifle" and shooting 500 people. Why I believe the NRA is against all firearm prohibitions using smoking as an example. (I am NOT a smoker) In 1975, Minnesota enacted the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, making it the first state to ban smoking in most public spaces. Restaurants were required to have No Smoking sections. In1990, San Luis Obispo, California, became the first city in the world to ban indoor smoking at all public places, including bars and restaurants. In 1997 President Clinton banned smoking in all federal buildings. In 1998, it became illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and public places in California. In 2000 the FAA banned all smoking on all flights. Between 2004 and 2007 nearly ever state in the union passed some sort of a smoking ban, such as making it illegal to smoke with 25 feet of any window or entrance door to any building. In the short span of 43 years we have gone from smoking anywhere to smoking only outdoors and then not with 25 feet of a building that has windows or doors. Once laws are enacted to ban a certain type of firearm, or ban certain people from owning a firearm it will only take a few years until all firearms will be banned.
  7. Matthew, I am happy to see that there is at least one other Christian that believes in 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." All sin? Yup all sin.
  8. After reading that there will be born again Christians in hell because of their sin I have taken a black magic marker and crossed out Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
  9. The new Democratic Party undermines the Christian faith, kills innocent babies (60 million and counting), normalizes sexual deviancy and perversion, restricts the liberty of real Christians and asserts the absolute supremacy of the human will. Twenty two percent of Democrats claim to be "Christian" and according to The Pew Research Center only 9.9% of American "Christians" are Christians by what the New Testament would define as a Christian. That means 2.2% of all Democrats are actually Christian and quite frankly I would wonder if even that were accurate. How could a born again Christian claim that a surgeon sticking a scalpel into the esophagus of a child in the birth canal is only "removing a mindless blob of tissue." How could a born again Christian man who has the ability to impregnate a female say that he is a woman because he "feels" like a women and demands the use of the woman's restroom and dressing rooms and if refused will file discrimination charges against the company. What "Christian" thinks homosexuals are perfectly normal when the New Testament (1 Cor 1:29-31) says their minds are reprobate (worthless, unfit, rejected) by God. It goes on to say these homosexuals are "Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable and unmerciful." If you are a Democrat and you think that sounds like a normal Christian you need more help that even God can give you.
  10. One must be VERY careful mixing OT theology with NT theology. The NT says that God has made the OT obsolete. Heb 8:13 "When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear." And what is this "new covenant?" Grace! Grace replaces the law! In Romans 6:14 Paul tells us "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." When did this happen? When you received Christ as Lord and Savior. The lost are still under the law (this is the "will soon disappear" in the above quote) but the born again Christian has died to sin and the law and is now under grace. Did the law ever love you? Did the law ever give you any grace? Did the law ever die for you? The law is a taskmaster. It stands over you with a Cat 'O Nine Tails waiting for you to sin and when you do it flails you a good one with guilt and condemnation. Grace on the other hand offers you forgiveness, love, mercy and pity. I'll take grace, thank you very much! Leave the law and its guilt and condemnation to those who think they can wing it on their own on Judgment Day.
  11. The book of Hebrews was written to (drum roll please) HEBREWS! Those who for generations had followed the laws and precepts of the Old Testament. For over a thousand years the Hebrews worshiped God according to these laws and precepts found in the OT, and God was pleased to give them His laws and precepts and expected them to follow them precisely, but now they are being told something completely new! The OT laws and precepts about the blood of bulls and goats covering sins is no longer in effect. It has been replaced with the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. These Hebrews were having their goods plundered and were suffering simply because they were now Christians. Even the writer of Hebrews himself was in chains, so they figured hey we will simply return to our roots of Judaism, after all it worked for thousands of years and surely God will understand that since we are being persecuted He will allow us to revert to the way things used to be. NOT! Benji
  12. If Jesus isn't God then who is He? Is He another God who is not quite almighty, but perhaps just mighty? Isaiah 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me." Did God change His mind and decide that after Isaiah died He was going to create another God and call Him Jesus? If so where can I find this in scripture? If Jesus isn't God why is He called God in 32 New Testament verses? Why do we worship Jesus if He isn't God. We are strictly forbidden by God to worship any other god, yet Jesus was worshiped in the NT at least six times. Why did Thomas call Jesus God in John 20:28? Perhaps Thomas was mistaken? There is only one God and One Lord. Eph 4:5-6 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Not two, just one. Benji
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    In 1975 many Vietnam children were air lifted to safety by the US Air Force and eventually were adopted by people in the USA. This couple are the children of four of those babies.
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    Kirsten Thomas

    A black and white senior portrait I captured several years ago.
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    Stephanie 2

    Another high school senior portrait I captured several years ago.
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