Frank wrote: Thanks brother Like I said, I have no experience with it, but your understanding is probably right on. I know people will kill and go to jail for it, so it has to be pretty potent. And can you imagine how many places here that have made it recreational. I don't know about Europe? I do know that Amsterdam is okay, but don't know about other places.
Bro Frank, I think it can easily be likened to the use of booze. A man has a few pints, and he says that he can drive, no problem. He feels as though his responses are all working fine. But they are not. They are slower, and that slowdown can be the difference between life and death to him. Take that into a war situation, and you end up being a liability. Even though you might die laughing.
St James, I have almost completed Day 3 of a seven day course of medication, and today I have been eating and drinking more than yesterday, and the terrible pain is easing off. So yes, I am praising God, even though taking liquid meds is awful. Thanks for prayers bro, and anyone else who is upholding me in their prayers.
Frank wrote: When I was in VN, I was not a combat soldier. But I remember talking to them and because marijuana was very easy to get in VN, that subject came up. One fellow said that when he had to be the point man, he smoked it because it took away his fear, but his skills were not lessened.
Sure it will take away fear, but "skills not lessened"? Nonsense.
Thanks Frank for your sharing some of your experiences, I always find them interesting.
There have always been Bible study tools and helps, and no-one who wishes to know scripture well would be without them.
One of the reasons for this is because the OT was written in Hebrew and the NT in Greek. Unless you are a scholar in these languages yourself, you will require extra help from outside the Bible to grasp certain things, because translation is not always easy, and even the KJV has its blemishes.
Another reason is because the Bible was written mainly by Jews, and they would use expressions unfamiliar to 21st century Gentiles. Thusly, to be able to turn up a Jewish historian who could explain certain phrases or passages is necessary.
Another reason is the way you translate names. Who is Esaias? Who is Noe? Who is Elias? Well, of course you could work it out, but Bible Study is not about chasing around after such things.
Another reason is the useage of such terms as shekel. What is a shekel? What is a firkin? Can you get the answers from God in a sort of mystical way, or do you turn again to a Jewish historian?
By all means use helps in your Bible study, but be wary of the danger of accepting lock, stock and barrel the interpretation of the Bible by other men, who are just men like yourself.
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What lovely sounding church names. Maybe if they have iffy doctrine, that's why they chose them. Maybe they don't even have a creed or confessional statement, so that unattached Christians wandering in might join them without a thought. Ah well, it is the modern way, I suppose.
Dolores wrote: Hi JohnUk, so sorry to hear you are having problems with your throat and the pain involved. Prayers for God to heal with the medicine and knowledge of the doctors as they work with you.
By the way, John, I have had streptococcus in my throat so painful ðŸ˜£ that I could hardly even talk, more or less eat or drink. A round of antibiotics and prayers did the trick. That was years ago and havenâ€™t had it since, praise God. Didnâ€™t know you were sick until today.
Thank you Dolores, for your care and concern, and encouraging words. I hope as we all pray for one another that good times will come.
I am especially encouraged by your own recovery from a pain which has to be experienced to be believed. The throat is incredibly complex, and in future I will never grumble if all I have to drink is water, I shall be so glad just to be able to swallow it down.
This day I have had a couple of glasses of milk, which were difficult to swallow, but I managed it, as I also managed to begin the antibiotic course in earnest.
Bro Michael said we ought to weep with those that weep. Now would be a good time, as I find it hard to rejoice when there is so much pain around the head area.
Many thanks for prayers, those who mentioned it and those who didn't. I have started my seven-day medical schedule, and hope that the penicillin will break out and be victorious over the little rogues which have caused such disruption to my abundant life from Jesus.
One of the three medications I have to take is liquid paracetamol, but it seems too strong for me (the taste, that is). Has anyone else come up with that problem?
Dolores wrote: Hi Mike, could be right about that little ole lady but in my encounter, this guy was handed a mask by the receptionist as he signed in and he held it in his hand and carried with him to see the doctor (not mine either) a woman family dr. You are suppose to call in first and be told when to come in. He didnâ€™t, just walked in elevator and we waited for another one. They said something about that to him as well. So narcissistic!! Tim, you know, itâ€™s so hard to love people like him and so tempting to hit them with a bowling ball or whatever is handy but my doctor is so right, now a days you might be putting your own life in danger to say or do anything. Prayers for my husband, having lots of pain in his lower back area from arthritis or something. Thanks ðŸ˜Š
Hey Dolores, I saw my GP this am and she referred me to the Accident & Emergency at the hospital. When I got there, I signed in at reception and was given a free mask to wear, which I did so for the next few hours, which was no problem. You can tell your husband I have been suffering severe throat pain and unable to eat, drink or take tablets, or even sleep, the past several days.
Frank wrote: Brother and fellow pilgrim, I have a rather odd way of looking at something that our Lord has predestinated. Example, the antichrist will in fact be on this earth at the exact moment in history that it was predestined. So, even though that is Godâ€™s perfect plan, I will not willingly participate in it. So, if this happens with Biden, then nothing can stop it, but I will not vote for him. If God is orchestrating Biden to be president, then I canâ€™t stop that, but I wonâ€™t be a positive factor by supporting. I never ponder predestination and simply leave that to Him. And I know that all things will work for our good and for His glory. The below says I will not understand certain things and IMO predestination is one of those things. Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. This probably made no sense; sorry. Just the musings of an old man. OMI
Now then Pilgrim, you know I am no theologian, so I only throw these things out in hopes of being put straight by someone like yourself. And I thank you very much.
Frank wrote: Now for a little conspiracy thought. I think that everyone knows that Biden is senile and cannot possibly complete his first term. So the real push will be to remove him from office due to his mental condition. Then we can say we will have first black female as president. This is all a well thought out plan.
What a thought! Still, at least we know God ordained it before they planned it. Or is that stretching sovereignty and predestination too much?