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Everything posted by Ragamuffin_John

  1. Matthew 14:13 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. Why did Jesus seek solitude? He must have been saddened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist and revulsed by the cruelty of King Herod. The Messiah should not be portrayed as being so loving that He could not then, and not now hate sin. God’s holy nature requires that kind of reaction, while his nature is also one of being compassionate to the point of wanting all to come to the knowledge of the truth.*
  2. Grey_Skies, this a wonderful, uplifting poem. Extra so. Thank you for sharing.
  3. Too funny, Sarah. I haven’t laughed at an opera so much since Warner Brothers’ “Kill The Wabbit”.
  4. Messiah Jesus, being the very Word of God, came to fulfill the written Word and be the Word in our midst. The following is an example of how Jesus’ teaching looked back to the Scriptures ("Tanakh"—Old Testament) which the Holy Spirit breathed into the faculties of the writers, for our benefit: Ecclesiastes 9:7 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. In this verse, we are given a picture of God’s approval—in the form of a feast. There is favor in what we do. There is joy. We are favored when we are in Chris
  5. In the Scriptures, the Lord commands us to watch how we think. This must be an active thinking. Purposeful. For example (all references are from the KJV): Phillippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation... This "helmet" means we should think about, consider and at times meditate on the salvation that God the Father so freely offers through His eternal Son, Jesus the Messiah. When we do so, the after
  6. Hey, jonjovi. Whenever, indeed. God bless.
  7. From Matthew 13: Verses 34-35 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” Verse 36 Then [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable..." Verse 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. It would be wonde
  8. Wait a sec. Now you remind me that I did get more than water: a half dozen bottles of Coleman butane and an adjustable stand to affix to the top of the bottles—on which a frying pan or small pot could rest for heating. I don’t recall experiencing a fidget about the new year digits, so maybe I was getting nostalgic for the food of my Boy Scout days, like Vienna sausages, Spam and MinuteSteak!
  9. Ah. Personally, I meant. But, I’ve got to say, I it was a great experience to think deeply about how I write—head knocking, actually.
  10. (Pardon, if I should have posted this elsewhere) In ChristianWriters, we discussed the benefits of writing out the Scriptures. Could paraphrasing the Scriptures also benefit us? For sure, there are issues such as accuracy and intent to be concerned about. But, I can’t get around the fact that when we read, we are processing what God’s hand has given to us into intelligible thought patterns. Perhaps it is best to think of that effort as commentary. So, here’s my “commentary” or paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13. And what a challenge it was! I felt
  11. Cervantes writing “Don Quixote” from a jail cell. With the confinement, no wonder such wacky characters emerged.
  12. It helps some to consider these verses: Deuteronomy 9:4-6 4 After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. 5 It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he sw
  13. The great writer Isaac Asimov liked to type: Asimov typing his books
  14. Thank you Donald. Helps us in our seeking strength and guidance from the Lord today.
  15. Do any of you read or write while standing, using a platform you can raise or a podium of some type? I study 1–2 hours each early morning by standing. Uh, my kitchen coffee pot has a large flat surface, so all the while standing, I open my Bible on the humble platform and wing away at my reading. When done, I reward myself by brewing some ️ I walk about 2 miles a day, but I find this extra on-the-feet during these sedentary times to boost my fitness as well as soul.
  16. Hmm, submit an invention idea? Sounds Sci Fi: a software that detects and analizes the pressure of keyboard strokes per character and then recommends a keyboard position until iterations yield the best typing. Hey, for a Spanish major, I’m getting way too techie Would have to be a 3D review, as lowering/raising keyboard might be needed
  17. When Jesus rebuked the money changers in the Temple, He was continuing the dialogue which He gave the Prophet Jeremiah to rebuke Judah. Through Jeremiah, the Son of God warned: Jeremiah 7:3-4 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” What prompted Jeremiah’s stern words? The Prophet goes on to explain why the Lord will not accept the hypocrisy of those children of Abraham w
  18. Well, and then there was the end of the Mayan Calendar. But, I digress.
  19. That is so interesting Nicola. What great occupation to have memory lane in one's workspace. I loved the rhythm of using manual typewriters. I have used the Royal and Olivetti. I was actually faster and more accurate on those than when I made the switch to the IBM Selectric III, which was a real nuisance because of the Selectric's light touch. I always laughed at that goofy, twirling ball of characters that Selectric's used There's one trick my high school teacher taught concerning manual typewriters that those who have only used PC keyboards will never learn
  20. I noticed that Motorola military “bricks” (glorified walkie talkies) and my swanky Tandy computer were not affected
  21. Congrats on your techno-foray. I have been a Luddite of sorts, only switching from flip to smart phone a few years ago. I admit I still congratulate myself for things a middle-schooler would yawn at. For instance, I defied mail lag by using a bookstore card for an on-line purchase a few weeks ago. I try to impress my daughter with tech-related questions like, “When will iPad have C drive?” Then she mentions some nebulous “Cloud” and my eyes get hazy. Onward.
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