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Matthew 12:40
by rstrats. Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:32 AM
John 7:53–8:11.
by Pilgrim. Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:06 AM
Is the Following Legit?
by Tom. Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:51 PM
The still small voice
by chestnutmare. Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:48 PM
Words from Veterans on Veterans Day
by Pilgrim. Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:31 AM
Humbling Yourselves and A Litany of Humility by Greg Gordon
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Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:06 AM Who is able to stand before Him? [by chestnutmare]
If the Lord God, before whom each individual will shortly stand, is a holy God, a God of truth, and without iniquity, and of purer eyes than to behold sin with impunity; we may well ask, “Who is able to stand before Him? — who can abide the day of His coming, or stand when He appears?” Appear He certainly will; and stand before Him we inevitably must. God only knows who shall first be summoned to do this; but, first or last, the citation will be sent to all. Health is a tender, precarious flower; life is a brittle, slender thread; how soon the one may wither, and the other break, He alone can tell who lent us both. This only we know, from Scripture and from daily observation, that all below is of uncertain tenure; that we are no more than tenants at will, removable at the pleasure of God, the great Proprietor of all."

~ Augustus Toplady
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:16 AM John 7:53–8:11. [by Tom]
I had heard rumours that this passage of Scripture, is doubted by most scholars. However, until now I have never looked into it. I uncovered a few things.
The Textus Receptus and the majority of Greek text include the passage; however there are English versions that either omit it, or put it in brackets. Reading more about it, I am finding that despite trying to find evidence that it actually belongs in the original writing of the book of John, most scholars believe it was not part of the original text.
DA Carson for example says:
“Despite the best efforts . . . to prove that this narrative was originally part of John’s Gospel, the evidence is against [them], and modern English versions are right to rule it off from the rest of the text (NIV) or to relegate it to a footnote (RSV).” (The Gospel According to John, 333)

Over the years, I have heard many sermons that mentioned this particular passage and I think I have even used this passage a few times in the past also, without questioning it.

Seeing the passage is used in the Textus Receptus; I can just imagine (do not know for sure) that KJOists try to use this arguement to prove that the KJV is the only true English translation.

I have two questions.
1. Should we use this passage in the same way we use other passages that are not disputed?
2. If I hear it being used, what should I do?

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Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:31 PM Words from Veterans on Veterans Day [by Pilgrim]
Being a veteran who joined the U.S. Navy back in 1967, during Vietnam War, I appreciated the following comments voiced by other like-minded men and women on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11. The few found below are part of an article by "Gunpowder Magazine".

In Their Own Words: Veterans Speak of Appreciation for the Second Amendment
By: Teresa Mull

As our nation celebrates Veterans Day, GPM (Gunpowder Magazine) shares a service man and woman’s thoughts on why they chose to serve and what they love about their country.

Melanie Dean served as a Marine and is employed by the National Association for Gun Rights:

“Serving my country was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made. I believe in our country, our flag, and our Constitution. It’s not a choice as much as it’s a calling – an inherent desire to protect the foundations of America, and the people that depend on its freedoms every day. Aside from raising my children, I consider being a Marine the most important achievement of my life.

“I’ve since traded my rifle for a keyboard (and my dress blues for a suit), but that hasn’t diminished my integrity, or my passion to protect the people of our nation from all enemies – both foreign and domestic. To do so means protecting our Second Amendment. Without it, our people are defenseless against the horrors a pen can exact. I knew my calling to defend our Constitution was unyielding and, just as before, I will give all that I have to protect our God-given rights.

“Too many people are dying in horrific acts of violence, and nine times out of ten they are unable to defend themselves due to unconstitutional laws. Laws that are enacted by politicians who have forgotten what our Founding Fathers fought so hard to provide us. Knowing countless patriots came before me and died defending our liberty, I can’t let their sacrifice be in vain. I will never sit quietly; I will charge the frontlines and lead by example.

“I have a love for shooting that will never die out. My new favorite handgun is the Sig Sauer P320; it’s convenient, balanced, and comfortable. That said, there is something I love about dropping into the prone position with a Savage MSR 10. It just depends on the day!”

Jordan Mason left the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technical Technician 3rd Class, after serving from 2003-2007:

“Unlike most nations, our forefathers guaranteed our right to repeal tyranny and to protect our homes, our families, and ourselves – a right so precious, men have laid down their lives for future generations to enjoy a better world than they knew.

“What is most surprising today, is that in the course of only a little over 240 years, our nation has only seen bloodshed in its home on two occasions, when most nations will see it once a generation. And with that, of all the countries and nations that have been formed, it’s been the United States who, in recent years, has so easily given up our ‘essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,’ by restricting this most fundamental right – one that has been paid for in blood.

“I was privileged to serve with our NATO allies in Estonia during the first year they joined our union in the 2004 Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG), and upon entering Tallin, Estonia that year, the feeling of liberty was still fresh in the minds of a nation grateful to be free of their previous Russian oligarchs. But they were still quite cognizant of how fragile such freedom is. Estonia’s Constitution was written in 1992, and so most, if not all people there my age, had seen or been a part of the fight for independence from Russia.

“Upon pulling up to port, our Naval Intelligence Officer and I were sent to our embassy to coordinate with our U.S. Embassy and allies on any real-time threats in the area before ‘liberty’ was granted to our sailors on the ship. Ironically, our standard uniform for such formal briefings during winter months are dark button-up shirts, with a black tie and our rank and insignia on our left arm shoulders in red – which appears quite similar to the former Committee for State Security officers – more widely known as the KGB.

“After returning from our briefing and wanting to stop for a quick meal, we were quickly met with resistance, with a restaurant slamming a door in our face, a street vendor walking away, and finally others telling us ‘Kay-Jay-Bah - no welcome.’ We immediately verified this issue with our embassy upon returning to our ship, and our men were required NOT to wear our ‘Johnny Cash’ uniforms (as we casually referred to them), due to the sensitivity that Estonians had towards the appearance of KGB in their nation. It was eye-opening, and it was a wonderful experience that I wish more Americans could have. We must never forget how blessed we are to live in such freedom, and we must never take our Second Amendment rights for granted.

“The point I truly want to make is the same as Reagan’s: We must fight for our right to bear arms, because we are only ever a generation away from losing our liberty.”

Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:56 AM Never to speak evil of anyone [by chestnutmare]
16. Resolved, Never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonour, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
Jonathan Edwards, Works, Volume 1
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:40 AM Is the Following Legit? [by Tom]

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