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  1. Possibly something your dad or granddad recounted ... Do you have one to share? These things should be documented before they are forgotten! . . . . . . I have found a selection here. I recounted the story of 24,500 troops escaping Narvik (Norway) protected by a sea fog that shielded them from German warships Sharnhorst and Gneisenhau only 1 mile away to our guide at Bletchley Park. He said "there are many of those stories, all for us, none for them". Taken in isolation they may be attributed to "good luck", but put together maybe not so.
  2. OK let's. How hard was it? We know that Jews from every nation under heaven were there at Pentecost, if you can send a person, you can send a message to be included in someone else's letter. Peter wrote from Babylon, there was also a council meeting at Antioch, Paul sent greetings from all at Rome etc. The Phonecians had been trading for 1600 years and had an alphabet, Solomon joined with them 1000 BC. 1st C AD was the time of Pax Romana, people wanted to trade and governments could raise tax through it. What have you found on the subject?
  3. With all the bad news about I thought some people might like to see what God is actually doing today ... overcoming the bad with His goodness.
  4. I have been advised tio take great caution over "evidences" from the Middle Ages as reports of Jesus and the apostles were often forged to gain credibility for the churches making them. If you know a source detailing the claims please advise.
  5. Being saved isn't ticking certain boxes, it's making one's home with God's family. If a human family didn't communicate for decades we would call it "disfunctional".
  6. It is true that there is enough to be saved in the scriptures, though if that is the criteria the bible could be reduced considerably as certain thoughts and verses, even chapters are repeated. It would be nice to know that the apostles were practicing what they preach in not forgetting to communicate and greet with a holy kiss etc to promote love and unity among all churches. I'm sure they were, so I am sure there is good reason why the locations of certain churches are withheld from public letters. "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter"
  7. I'm not asking for "gospels"simply for a "hello", one line message sent via Peter or John perhaps, some communication. They must have been alive for years or Jesus got it wrong, they had ministryu to fulfil
  8. Hello William, I'm slightly surprised that you ask if there is a question! These guys were with each other (and Jesus) through thick and thin for years in preparation for their ministry of the one faith, the building of The Church, then we hear absolutely nothing, not one word from most of them. If you think that is normal behaviour then ok, there is no question to answer.
  9. Apart from a gospel account by Matthew and a letter from Jude, there is no detail of where they are or what’s going on, no interaction with any of them, not even one salutation or prayer request in decades!! I have highlighted the missing eight : “the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee (martyred - Acts 12:2), and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew (Nathanael); Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus (thought by many to be Jude, a brother of Jesus);Simon the Canaanite (“zelotes” - the zealot), and Judas Iscariot (replaced by Matthias), who also betrayed him.” (Matt. 10:2-4, Acts 1:13) These people were with each other through thick and thin for over 3 years, they were united friends with a command to love, be in unity and communicate.
  10. Many people in the West have voted for the rich to stop getting richer at the expense of others ... You've probably noticed that tea bags are ridiculously cheap, under 2p a bag here in the UK. The attached clip gives the reason. Kind of leaves a bad taste in the mouth! Big Corps like Unilever (Brands: Lipton, PG tips and Brooke Bond) respond to what their customers want, which is in turn which pressure group shouts loudest. Previously it has been "Save the environment", so they have acted and make that a selling point. If you ask about the lives of the human workers (as I did) you get: "... We take seriously the issues raised about labour conditions found in tea estates in parts of Assam, India. We recognise that progress has been made but there is still more to be done to raise standards, and we are working with our suppliers to achieve responsible and sustainable practices ..." It doesn't take much to provide good conditions and non-subsistence wages, you can then use that as a selling point. So, that's Corporate speak for: now it's been raised we will do something about it to protect out profits. If many people say similar they will do faster, or, does anyone choose "Fairtrade" stuff instead?
  11. Watcher7

    Holy Bible says Women must cover head and wear veil.

    Yes, Paul reasons from the natural realm ("that is even all one as if") to make a spiritual point.
  12. Watcher7

    Holy Bible says Women must cover head and wear veil.

    My point is that to have one's head "covered means to be under authority, see also v3: "I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God" It's not about the wearing of physical veils or hats. Obviously men and women should dress in a way that doesn't distract or draw attention to them as that's notr what Christian meetings are supposed to be about, but Paul isn't making that point here.
  13. Watcher7

    Holy Bible says Women must cover head and wear veil.

    "For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels" (v11) The "covering" they should have is to be under authority ... a man should be leading the meeting. this is not a temporary 1st Century cultural thing. See also 1 Tim. 2:12-14 "I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." Then back in 1 Corinthians 11 it says: "if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God" (v16) i.e. there is no custom to wear head covering / hats or not.
  14. Watcher7

    Can believers do greater works than Jesus did?

    Who is "we"? You don't, I do ... Jesus made people whole physically, but still "in the flesh", the receiving of the Holy Spirit (the ministry given to disciples since Pentecost) makes them sons of God, spiritually complete, "new creatures", "free indeed". These are just nice sounding words until ou actually receive the same - see Acts 2:4, 33 for details. Other verses referred to: - John 7:37-39, Romans 8:8-9, John 3:3-8, 2 Cor. 5:16-17. Jesus came to show what was possible under the old covenant but his death enabled the bringing in of a better covenant,
  15. Watcher7

    Locusts of Revelation 9

    Why would God write about these in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, leaving his people in doubt about what he means for centuries? What's wrong with the explanation I gave? - the same as has been given for centuries by serious prophecy writers who compare what is written to the major events of history.

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