15 thoughts on “General Comments?

  1. Too bad we don’t have nore Youtheran’s as they have contributed to the service at many times over a year. But not much can be done about that I know. Just have enjoyed them. Also enjoy the music Mary has done a remarkable job, but could use hymns we “oldies” know better.👏

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  2. I, too, have a cordless electric lawnmower, which I have been using since 1998.
    Mary Hamp uses an electric mower with a cord.

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    1. Ah, from my temple talk this morning. It feels good when you are saving Gods earth. As an engineer, a gas powered machine is more powerful and gives a better finish to your yard, but when it comes to emission of C02 we are being good stewards of the earth

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  3. I agree with the scriber. I have recently switched to a battery powered grass/weed trimmer. Little by little I’m tryig to leave a smaller carbon footprint. it’s a small step but we have to start at some point. I believe it is our responsibility to care for the only planet that can sustain us.
    if we fail then we have failed God because our Earth is the only planet than sustains us. We have Earth, air, water, fire which keeps all of us in balance. If one of the elements get out of balance then their is disasters, disharmony, and deterioration of life.

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    1. I just completed mowing the front and back yard using my cordless mower. Am I sure trying to save the atmosphere from excess carbon thus attempting to keep the air cooler. This action makes me feel good, which is a blessing from God.

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  4. You need power for your battery, a little planning! But it’s like taking from Peter to pay Paul. It’s all economics and the health of the earth.

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  5. The best example of spiritual growth I can think of was demonstrated by God himself, when he stopped requiring blood sacrifices. I don’t’t think I could be a Christian, if those were still a requirement!

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  6. Was reading a book for my Master Gardeners book club entitled Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers by Mike Shanahan. In this book the author was focusing on fig trees. The speculation is that the “apple” tree in the garden of Eden could have been a fig (with respect to language translations). I’ve read the first two chapters and it’s interesting learning about the history of fig trees and their stranglers

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  7. I’m concerned that there won’t be many people in attendance for our “get together” after church service (today). Why, because people will say they have all ready heard these “stats”. So congregation, lets use the stats for our advantage and help find a way to spread the GOOD NEWS.

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  8. As a result of reading Jeremiah 1-2 today (I read the Bible through every year thanks to Pastor Eric’s handout of how to read the Bible through, almost 8 years ago), I have the following thoughts:
    The Bible is “new” each year, as different things “pop out” to me each time I read different passages. As long as we are alive, we can still learn & have new perspectives reflecting our continuing life experiences.
    Our culture is progressively removing God from our thoughts & beliefs. We are censoring God out of our laws & schools. The freedoms that our nation has lost, in the last decade alone, is very troubling to me. All of the Old Testament prophets & the New Testament prophesies warn of the punishments that God allows to occur (good parents lovingly correct their children to develop safe/healthy children with good character) & of the blessings/judgements that are to come.
    We normally can not see these dimensions (science has only proven 11 dimensions so far) but God is very real! Heaven & Hell are very real also! I believe that each “crisis/trial/struggle” that I have gone through has benefited me with a closer relationship to God. I am not perfect & I fail everyday but that just shows me how much I need God in my life. God is not a bully. God patiently waits for us to ask for help whenever we finally surrender our worries/needs. No concern is too small (i.e. after a train on the track caused me to be a few seconds late for work, my daily request was for God to show me the fastest path to get to work on time-in spite of power outages, receiving distressed parent, long distant phone calls, snow storms etc. I was not late for the remainder of my 18 years) & no problem is too big for God (Luke 20:25 & Romans 13;1-7 instructs us obey our laws & to pray for our leaders). Sometimes God’s answer is not what we wanted or hoped for, at the time, but often we find out that God’s answer was the best for everyone involved. Most people communicate often with their parents (thanking/laughing/confiding/questioning/arguing) – God, our spiritual parent, is waiting for our similar conversations.

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    1. Wow! Great reflections. As our culture becomes more secular, we people of faith can be yeast in the dough, leavening it with a spiritual perspective – especially if we lead by example. As the songs says, “They will know we are Christian by our love” – which reminds me of I John 4:7-8 – “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

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  9. Burnt Offerings

    In the adult forum we started talking about burnt offerings. Well,
    https://www.gotquestions.org/burnt-offering.html reads:
    ◄ Leviticus 6 ►

    New International Version Par ▾

    1The LORD said to Moses: 2“If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, 3or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit— 4when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, 5or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering. 6And as a penalty they must bring to the priest, that is, to the LORD, their guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. 7In this way the priest will make atonement for them before the LORD, and they will be forgiven for any of the things they did that made them guilty.”
    The Burnt Offering
    8The LORD said to Moses: 9“Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. 10The priest shall then put on his linen clothes, with linen undergarments next to his body, and shall remove the ashes of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar and place them beside the altar. 11Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. 12The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 13The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.

    So yes, the Lord asks for burnt offerings, for forgiveness? Is there like a give and take ordinance? Thus, it’s animals in old testament, so what’s it now?

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  10. You know, you see the commercial of a girl reporting that her mom washes the dishes she puts them in the dishwasher, then she asks then what’s the dishwasher for? Well, when it comes to offering, ref: Hebrews 8-10, it reads that you don’t have to give any offering because Jesus gave the greatest gift. So I think that the offering is to provide “good deeds” and to promote hope for others in our community.

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