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  1. I've been thinking about buying a uke to start playing but I'm a true beginner. Do you have any recommendations on a good first instrument? I'm hoping I can start and then maybe one of the kiddos will be inspired. HA!
  2. Now I need a sugar glider or a hedgehog. Must step back from the computer! 😁
  3. Dagnabit! I need this bag 😵! At some point DH is going to ban me from WTM because of all of the lovely purchases I've made because of it (is it time for the unusual Christmas gift thread yet!?! 😂) You are adorable and this bag is much bigger than I thought! Off to put it in my cart. LOL!
  4. PanAm because I really enjoyed the sets and wardrobe!
  5. I think with those precautions he'll be fine! DH is an airline pilot and rides in the back of planes a lot to get to his base. He hasn't gotten Covid and surprisingly very few aircrew in his company that we know about have either. The planes should be fine, the airport is a bit harder but if he has saniwipes or something with him and he's careful he should be ok! There are still 1.5 million fewer people flying domestically than the same day last year (and that number includes all aircrew that are screened). https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus/passenger-throughput so hopefully that puts you at ease
  6. I didn't want to copy and paste as it's a long read, but really interesting if you have the time. It goes into the arguments of the RCC and arguments against. https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/stewart_don/faq/bible-ultimate-authority/question5-did-jesus-give-peter-authority-to-speak.cfm?a=945019 ETA: I read that Jesus used the words binding and loosing as those would be familiar to the Jewish church/listeners at the time.
  7. I'm glad they moved away across to the other side of the country, then! She's already escaped, or at least attends a church that doesn't ascribe to that spiritual abuse/doctrine. I know, because she attends my church ☺️. The jury is still out on the husband, but since none of those beliefs are held to by the elders of our church I'm hopeful that they and other people at the church can, given opportunity, speak against such things (I know some have tried to their exasperation). I don't have much interaction with him, but what you've given me here is helpful to me in how to minister to and be a
  8. Thank you so much for all of this, Bill. The bolded is enlightening to me as it is exactly one of the problems I had with the theology of my friends. The wife (my friend) was struggling with her mental health and wouldn't go and see a counselor as her husband didn't believe mental health was the issue. SO FRUSTRATING. The husband is one of those I spoke about earlier to whom I've seen authoritarian views of submission, and with whom I (and many from my church including the pastors) have disagreed with in the past. It all makes sense now. This same friend had a pretty hard time at MC becau
  9. Thanks, Bill! Thankfully my trust is in Jesus and not any preacher, so no cataclysm here. I have a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to any preacher who's put on a pedestal by many, which is why I didn't know much about John MacArthur (though I knew of him) and don't read lots of preachers or books on "religion". I can absolutely believe that what you say is going on because I believe in fallen man and see pride as being one of the greatest sins of man that leads to many things including an ultimate rejection of God. I can see where you (universal you) can start thinking that
  10. I think if what you're saying is true and he's set himself up as the final authority of what's biblical and what's not, and he's saying he's lived a blemish free life then I'd agree with you that he's set himself up as a cultish leader. I do think it's dangerous for me to assume that what is being said about him is absolutely true as I haven't attended his church and don't know him personally. I do believe God can change anyone's heart, so I don't think he's beyond the reach of that. I hope that the Lord does, and that he repents not only to God but also to those to whom he seems to have
  11. I wonder if his political views and misreading persecution have him going down a road where he's clouded to his hypocrisy. Can certainly happen as we're all hypocritical at times! That's disappointing. I absolutely agree with the Biblical view of submission, however (children to parents, wives to husbands, husbands to Christ) . Biblical view and understanding of submission can be a beautiful picture of Christ's love for his church (Ephesians 5:21-30). I HAVE seen where it's been used as an authoritarian model, but that's people either misrepresenting or not understanding God's purpose in
  12. You're welcome! I also quoted the wrong verse, LOL! But that one kid of fits too. I was thinking of Romans 13 (I'm not sure what is happening in that link!) This was Paul, not Jesus. Still, the Words of God. 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, bu
  13. I'm not who you quoted, Bill, but as a bible believing reformed protestant (non-Pearl liking 😉) Calvinist leaning Christian I can say that I believe you're spot on with what you're saying about MacArthur. MacArthur wasn't the only who who taught that believers should follow the law and submit to political authorities (unless it's clearly against Biblical teaching). Jesus himself teaches that: Submission to Authorities (1 Peter 2:13–20) 1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that
  14. Billy Bud? 😂 I kid, I kid. LOL! I'm not sure still how I feel about it, and I read the book right after it came out! I do appreciate the fact that it challenges my thoughts of Atticus and left me thinking about humanity long after the book was over. From what I remember I didn't leave the book hating Atticus, just more aware of the fact that everyone is flawed, including favored characters!
  15. I didn't read the thread or the description, just started looking through pictures. I was shocked then my heart dropped when I thought maybe it was a human trafficker's house, then just really glad to know that it was a historic prison! I sent the link to my DH. 😁
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