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  1. Yes, I have tested the theories of Calvin with God's word. Calvin's theory: Limited Atonement: 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is... not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 1 Tim 2:3-4 "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." I also believe that good and perfect things come from God and that it is not His will that we sin: James 1:13-17 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. John Calvin was a cruel dictator who executed publicly those who opposed his religious theories. In five years, 58 people were executed under his rule. The most common infraction was the opposition to infant baptism. He had these people who opposed infant baptism or limited atonement or his authority to be drowned, beheaded, or burned slowly at the stake with green wood. I am not a fan.
  2. Is this the same James White? I hope not -- Calvinist theologian James White, in a debate with Hank Hannegraaf and George Bryson, was asked, “When a child is raped, is God responsible and did He decree that rape?” To which Mr. White replied… “Yes, because if not then it’s meaningless and purposeless and though God knew it was going to happen he created it without a purpose… and God is responsible for the creation of despair… If He didn‟t [decree child rape] then that rape is an element of meaningless evil that has no purpose.” I think unfortunately this is what the above author is saying. So sad.
  3. This article explores an angle that I have not seen in any of the other articles I have read on this subject. This explores the role that Calvinism may have played in his fall. I have seen this as an issue in several other organizations tied to many homeschoolers. In some circles, such as Vision Forum, it seemed like Calvin was the foundation of their organization, and he was revered and elevated above Christ. A foundation built on anyone other than Christ and His doctrine will crumble. "So then you... are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone." Ephesians 2:19-20 The foolish man built his house on a foundation other than the pure, simple gospel of Christ. "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall." Matthew 7:24-27
  4. The kid friendliest casserole I make: Pizza casserole. So the bottom of the casserole is like a spaghetti type casserole (I usually use macaroni pasta) with pasta, marinara, and ground meat. Then liberally spread mozzarella cheese on top. Now you pretend you have a pizza and top with pizza toppings: lots of pepperoni, peppers, onions... whatever you like on a pizza.
  5. One thing that bugs me the most concerning this topic is the Shakedown strategy. Companies are threatened with boycott by bullying entities who approach them demanding money and support for their causes, like organized criminals demanding protection money. It is one thing for a company to voluntarily support a cause, but it is rotten when companies feel forced into it by these bullying tactics.
  6. If you are more comfortable with untucked, then my vote is untucked.
  7. I think it is just meant to be a harmless joke. I think people are too sensitive now, get offended too easily, and take themselves too seriously. How can there be any comedians if even this type of stuff is out of bounds? As someone else said, it can be fun for the generations to tease each other - younger folks don't know how to use a rotary phone or a manual transmission and older folks don't get modern technology. Those memes are nowhere close to implying a moral failing. It's just a joke, like watching a video of teenagers trying to use a rotary phone. Yes, it is obsolete, but it is fun for old folks to watch them try to figure it out. Getting offended by this stuff is really what persecution looks like in the first world.
  8. I don't think that any of those memes are saying that it is morally wrong not to know how to drive a car with a manual transmission. I think the point they are making that those who can't are inept or dumb or inexperienced, but not morally wrong. I also think the point of memes is that you aren't really supposed to take them too seriously.
  9. I remember those. My grandmother had one, and my husband's grandmother had one. My grandmother put tiny artificial plants in there in an attempt to make the naked lady inside a little more modest. 😄
  10. The public is so ignorant and gullible that it is very easy for them to be deceived about environmental issues. For instance, many young people think electric cars are totally clean because they think they don't run on fossil fuels and have zero emissions. Some electric car manufacturers even advertise that their vehicles have zero emissions.That may be true in some countries and areas, but where I live, electricity predominantly comes from coal power plants. People don't see the emissions coming out of the car, and they don't have the critical thinking skills to realize that many of these electric cars are actually running on fossil fuels, and the emissions are spewing out of the power plant. And in much of the U.S., coal-powered energy is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gases. (Don't misinterpret this post, I am in favor of cleaner and renewable forms of energy. My previous job was engineering systems for cleaner emissions at coal-powered plants.) This is a pretty good article on the subject:
  11. Yes, he was the "father" of the Mustang and the Minivan. He was a legend.
  12. This discussion about the death of Willie Nelson reminds me of one of his songs: Still Not Dead: I woke up still not dead again today The internet said I had passed away But if I died I wasn't dead to stay And I woke up still not dead again today Well, I woke up still not dead again today The gardener did not find me that a way You can't believe a word that people say And I woke up still not dead again today...
  13. This brings back memories of the Trapper Keeper. I miss mine. It had kitties on it. They were so cute.
  14. I like some 70's music not because it is particularly good but because of the memories it brings back.
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