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Bernie Sanders was interviewed or should I say stroked by Bill Maher on Real Time last evening.   Maher has endorsed Sanders; which is of no surprise; both are socialists.  Maher is a socialist, atheist Democrat.   Maher wants to help get Sanders elected.  (Frightening thought:  Sanders chooses Maher as his running mate).

It is obvious that Bernie is hanging around in the remaining primaries, leading to convention time with his fingers crossed that Hillary will be indicted or forced to drop out of the nomination process.   Forced out?   Don’t count on that, Hillary is too arrogant and delusional to quit.  There is a better chance of indictment than a drop out.  Bernie could have done more to help himself early on; make her answer questions and discuss her email situation rather than say “I am tired of hearing about your damn emails”.    There were/are a ton…

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The Great Bathroom Debate

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or in a cave, you know about the dispute raging over transgender people’s choice of public restrooms. This issue has made its way from the outhouse to the White House.

In this week’s local paper (yes, our newspaper is published only once a week) a front page story revealed how the DOJ and the DOE sent a letter to all public schools in Kentucky stating that the schools must allow students to use whatever restroom they identify with, and the letter implied that schools could lose Federal funding if they don’t comply.

How is this legal? When did it become OK for the Federal government to bully citizens into submission? This issue is still being deliberated in courts and legislatures across the country. I think the Feds are overstepping their authority by acting as if the issue is resolved.

I agree, laws decreeing that a person must use the restroom that agrees with his/her birth certificate are just silly.  Are folks supposed to show their birth certificates to get permission to use the restroom? Laws like that are no solution, neither is the Federal government forcing people into what some feel is an unsafe situation. Although I disagree with the government’s heavy-handed approach, it will most likely be the impetus to real lasting solutions. Perhaps that was the whole idea.

I believe, in a few years public restrooms as we know them today will be gone, must be gone. There will no longer be large rooms with multiple stalls. This layout makes no sense if men and women are using the same room. The only real solution I foresee is to replace the rows of stalls with rows of rooms: individual non-gender restrooms with a toilet, urinal, and sink. That will eliminate chances of pedophiles in the ladies room, or little girls being traumatized; and it will allow everyone to use the restroom with peace and dignity, without making a federal case out of it.

There was a time in history when public restrooms were outhouses out back. The next incarnation was restrooms as we know them today with rows of stalls. In the near future many businesses may simply do away with public toilets to avoid controversy. Other places may opt for portable toilets. Whatever the future holds, I think we will bear witness to the transformation of an icon: the public toilet.


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A Proverb is a Proverb, Not a Promise

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Adrian Rogers

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Some parents have almost put themselves in an early grave because they’ve had a wayward child. Someone has taken this proverb and beaten them over the head with it.

Friend, this verse is a proverb. If you read the book of Proverbs and try to turn proverbs into promises, you’ll lose your faith. A proverb is a proverb. A promise is a promise. A precept is a precept. A parable is a parable. A prophecy is a prophecy. You have to be careful.

There are proverbs that tell you the way to be wealthy. Does that mean everyone who follows one of these proverbs is automatically going to be wealthy? A proverb is a general principle that when generally applied will bring a general result.


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Frugal Living Part 1

Many of you know what it’s like nowadays to pinch every penny just to get by. In this series of articles, I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to save money.

In this first installment, let’s talk television providers. There are dozens of providers out there, eager to sell you access to hundreds of channels that you’ll never watch. My tv provider is… (drum roll.) I don’t have one anymore.

We now use Roku, the internet streaming device that lets you watch the movies and television shows you want, without paying for all the stuff you don’t. Roku has a selection of devices to suit different needs. We chose Roku 2. It cost about $70 at Wal-Mart. With dozens of free channels on Roku, that $70 could have been all we spent on tv content forever; but, we chose a different option.

Two years ago we were paying $98 per month for the Top150 package from Dish Network. Of those 150 channels we only watched about a dozen. Now we have Netflix, HuluPlus, and Amazon Prime. At approximately $8 per month for each of these services, that’s $24 verses $98 – a savings of $74 each and every month, a whopping $888 per year!

Content streaming has become a movement among the frugal, being promoted with labels such as “Cutting the Cord,” and “Ditching the Dish.

I know different can be scary; but sometimes we must think outside the box when we are looking for ways to save money. We kept our Dish service active for a couple of months while we evaluated the Roku. As time passed, we watched the Roku more and more, and Dish less and less.

If you think you might want to join the new generation of Cord Cutters, there are other choices besides Roku. If you try any of those others feel free to comment here and let me know how you like it.

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Benghazi Proof: It Was All Political

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Republicans have long claimed that the abortion that is better known as the Benghazi Massacre happened due to the fact that Bobo Obama was in the middle of a campaign and didn’t want the rest of America to know, after he’d been telling everyone “Bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run”, we had another terrorist attack. Well, it’s now been proven that was indeed the case.

Several of the folks in the Air Force that were in Italy at the time of the 9/11/12 attack, were ready to go, in their planes and ready to take off. They got the stand down order because, as several of them put it, “It wasn’t the politically expedient thing to do”.

The chances that they could have saved US Ambassador Chris Stevens were nil. He would have been dead by the time they took off, but they certainly could…

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Golden Eagle Found At Last

I’m so glad he’s safe and sound!

A Golden Eagle from the Oregon Zoo has been found safe and sound, after spending more than 24 hours out on his own.

Deschutes, the zoo’s only Golden Eagle, is the star of the popular “Wildlife Live” summer education program.

But Tuesday, during his first training session for the season on a new stage, he spread his wings a little too far.

“He just flew toward the stage and took a left turn and landed in a tree right near the zoo here,” said Michael Illig, the Animal Curator at the Oregon Zoo. “We were trying to call him by getting his attention, but he got mobbed by a bunch of crows and they drove him across the highway.”

Deschutes does have two small transmitters so his caretakers were able to narrow down his whereabouts to an area roughly the size of a city block. Then, the challenge was actually spotting the…

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Globalist billionaire Soros wants churches to back New World Order

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For years now, evangelicals such as Brannon Howse have been warning that churches and prominent “Christian” leaders would try to steer Christians toward backing the New World Order in all of its various religious, socioeconomic, and governmental forms. The latest efforts that have come to light in that regard are the actions of billionaire Hungarian George Soros. Soros has been open about the fact he’s a socialist liberal atheist. Nevertheless, he’s shelling out millions to get pastors around the world to promote the New World Order.

George Soros grabbing for the globeThe billionaire has been backing many social justice movements, from environmental extremism to Black Lives Matter to open border/illegal immigration. Those movements are now seeping into Christendom under the guise that Jesus was a refugee for social justice. So now we see evangelicals promoting the green movement, backing efforts to embrace illegal immigration via amnesty (they want their churches and coffers to grow at any…

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Once Saved Always Saved – Yes or No?

I have been studying the topic of Eternal Security, or Once Saved Always Saved, for the past few months. It has been brought to my attention many times this year, so I wanted to study this topic more deeply. I have always believed in Conditional Security, but I opened my mind to the possibility that I may have been wrong in my belief, and studied the doctrine with fresh eyes. Truthfully, I set out to believe Eternal Security, and find out where I went wrong in my past studies.

I know there is a widespread and distinct division of Believers on both sides of this issue, even within my own congregation; although the supporters of this doctrine worldwide are in the minority. Mostly, supporters of this doctrine have their roots in Calvinist teaching.

The doctrine of Eternal Security began in the 1530’s with the teachings of John Calvin during the Reformist Movement. Before then it was most widely accepted that God requires certain conditions to grant us salvation. Conditional Security is still by far the most accepted interpretation of Scripture among the thousands of Christian denominations today.

II Timothy 2:12 – If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us

Probably the most quoted Scripture on both sides of this doctrine is Hebrews 6:4-6…

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come to fall away and to lose that heavenly gift that is everlasting life.

Wow! Pretty straightforward, huh? No doubt about what that passage is saying! Too bad for Eternal Security believers that this is NOT what Scripture says! The actual Scripture from the New King James (NKJV) Bible is as follows…

Hebrews 6: 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

I have also heard verse 6 quoted as, “if they could fall away…” Adding that one word “could” totally changes the intent of the verse. But the word “could” is not there.

In a sermon about the Root and the branches, I heard that when we are born again we are grafted into the Root, and cannot be ungrafted. We are forever heirs of God’s Kingdom. The wild olive represents Gentiles; the cultivated olive tree represents Jews.

Romans 11:17 …and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree…

This really made me stop and think! The impossibility of being ungrafted made so much sense… until I took up my Bible and read the entire passage myself. One only has to keep reading to get the context of verse 17, again from the NKJV, Romans Chapter 11…

17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

Read carefully the Scriptures above which I have underlined for you. This is the kind of straightforward, unambiguous, not-open-to-interpretation Scripture that I was looking for to prove Eternal Security. But the only unambiguous Scriptures I found in my search for truth were ones that support Conditional Security. Note the underlined portion of verse 22 above: the words IF and OTHERWISE are definitely conditions for God’s goodness toward us!

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If our salvation is irrevocable, why does Apostle Paul make such a plea for us Believers to hold firm in our profession of faith, and assemble together with other Believers, to exhort (comfort, build up, strengthen in faith) one another. If our salvation were secure, why would we need to hold fast to it?

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

In the Greek, the verbs hear and follow are in present tense, things that are actively happening now or continually. Those who are actively/continually hearing and following Jesus are His sheep, and His sheep cannot be plucked from His hand. The definition of plucked is “taken by force.” No one can steal us (sheep) while we are actively following Jesus. By continuing in faith, we are His. No outside force can take us away. This is our true Biblical security. Salvation by Grace through faith, a continuing attitude of faith. An apostate chooses to remove himself from God’s promise of security by discontinuing his attitude of faith. It’s all about perseverance.

Here Jesus tells the Apostles about the end of days…

Matthew 24: 9″Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Note verses 12 and 13 — “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Jesus himself tells us to be saved we must persevere to the end! Abide in His love. A continual attitude of faith.

Considering the sinful nature of mankind, I believe Eternal Security, for many, is a license to sin. The idea that one can recite a “Sinners’ Prayer,” then get dunked in some water, then go right back to their usual way of life, believing that they are saved once and for all is like a get-out-jail-free-card. I have personally heard people say, “I was saved years ago. All my sins past present and future were forgiven that day, so I don’t have to worry if I’m living right or not.” The doctrine of Eternal Security makes them feel safe. They see no need to walk in faith, to strive for sinless perfection, to pray without ceasing, to ask forgiveness each day. Why would they? They believe they are sealed in salvation because they made a profession of faith at some point in time in the past. One could also make the argument that there are proponents of Conditional Security who follow God’s commands simply out of a fear of going to hell, which is also wrong.

So, the result of my study of Eternal Security: I believe it is a false doctrine.

  • Is everyone who believes it headed for hell? I doubt it.
  • Is it a dangerous doctrine that gives people a false sense of security? I believe so.
  • Are there churches today that are teaching people that they can take twenty minutes out of their lives to recite The Sinners’ Prayer, get Baptized, and have their salvation guaranteed and sealed forever, no matter how much they sin in the future? Absolutely.
  • Do I believe these are the apostate churches spoken of in Scripture? Perhaps.

No matter what denomination or doctrines you follow, this should be the motivation for all Christians in their daily lives:

Obey Jesus because you love Him and want to please Him. This is the only way to the saving Grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”

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Answer to the question: ‘War on Christians’

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A Matter of Taste

School started here August 13, so I’m a little behind on the Daily Posts.

The Daily Post prompt for August 13:

“When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?”

This happens to me quite often. I don’t follow the herd on much of anything, at least not for following’s sake.  I got up and left about halfway through the Lego Movie.  I hate the Big Brother tv show.  I think Picasso needed glasses, or a shrink.

What made me go against the critical consensus?  I like what I like.  I don’t care what others say about it. I think for myself, and have my own opinions. I don’t rely on what other people think.  I do my own research.

Do you think I might have trust issues?

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