Our next T.O.T. meeting will be the 27th of October 2021 @ 7:00pm live (where?…on zoom). (on going tally for the year(s) is shown below). Periodically throughout the next month I’m going to post questions that will initiate our monthly discussion. Please respond to the post.

Discussion #41 (on 27 October 2021 @ 7:00)

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What is the difference between Heaven and Hell? is it good vs. evil? (you need to open the TOT/TOZ tally to view/enter data).

We had 4 people join our T.O.T./TOZ meeting for the month of Sep. (discussion #40).   Our next discussion will be on Zoom, the 27th of October.  Our topic posts are shown in the tally:

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      1. From: https://biblereasons.com/what-is-hell/
        “Sheol”: Place of the Dead in the Old Testament

        In the Old Testament “hell” is not specifically mentioned in name, but the word used in reference to the after life is “Sheol,” which is used to refer to the dwelling place of people after death.[5] In the Old Testament, “Sheol” is not just for the wicked, but it is also for those who lived righteously.[6]

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    1. From: M. Webster
      Definition of evil
      1a: morally reprehensible : SINFUL, WICKED
      an evil impulse
      b: arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct
      a person of evil reputation

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    2. From: Microsoft BING

      good
      [ɡo͝od]
      ADJECTIVE
      to be desired or approved of.
      “a good quality of life” · [more]
      having the qualities required for a particular role.
      “the schools here are good”
      synonyms:
      fine · of high quality · of a high standard · quality · superior · [more]
      possessing or displaying moral virtue.
      “I’ve met many good people who made me feel ashamed of my own shortcomings” · [more]
      synonyms:
      virtuous · righteous · moral · morally correct · ethical · upright · [more]
      giving pleasure; enjoyable or satisfying.
      “the streets fill up with people looking for a good time”

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    3. From Microsoft Bing:
      What is the difference between Heaven and Hell?

      The almighty God lives in heaven with angels. …
      Heaven is for those who have done good deeds in their life on earth. …
      Hell is for those who have done evil deeds in their life on earth. …
      Heaven is a place of happiness and peace. …
      When talking about heaven, it is believed that heaven is somewhere up in the sky, above the earth. …

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    1. M.Y NOTES FOR DISCUSSION #40 (format)

      1. Introduction (discuss philosophy and theology and eternity)
      2. Short thanks prayer as we LEARN/Discuss your origin)
      3. I will give an initial brief thought of the origin of God (no more than 1-3 min)
      a. Pastor Eric has got the floor
      b. Pastor Paul
      c. Others who attend can share
      4. Comments/question about the origin of God
      Decide our topic for next month

      To start off with…this in not a lecture
      A. Have done some basic research and couln’t come up with a preferred response
      B. There is talk about:
      a. Jew
      b. Muslims
      c. And even Jihad (holy war)
      C. remove berry vines and sneeze weedNone of these Gods fit the bill from my upbringing with my parents.
      D. So it all goes back to the basic ELCA
      E. Remember that Gods life is eternal, and in the beginning, or the beginning of creation, God thought that he would do something (like creation).
      F. My thoughts on God is like a sheep in a herd
      a. Am I in the right herd?
      i. Holy wars with jihad
      ii. Minimal compassion and mercy with Allah.
      G. As aa retired soldier I don’t understand this holy war stuff
      History of Gods:
      Jews are waiting for the messiah
      Those thinking natural selection
      A Muslim thinking Allah is God and is one is he compassionate or merciful?
      Jihad is the holy war
      Witches
      Healing
      Resolving disputes
      Talk of heaven/hell
      Being a martyr
      In the Quran and Hadith limits are set for wars
      Jesus the son of God
      Now are we all looking for life eternal?
      I’m a beginning/end, stop start person, looking at the universe, It’s to understand where heaven really is? Or is heaven a state of being, or a different dimension?

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  1. Discussion #40: what is the origin if God?

    Note: can list talking points of how God affects you! In any reference please use links.

    Hint:
    1. Eternal – what does that mean?

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    1. Did God have a beginning?
      The Beginning – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he …

      Genesis 1 NIV – The Beginning – In the beginning God – Bible …

      from:

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    2. My Thoughts: I’m not a documented theologian, but I’m a schooled engineer who likes (though, not that productive with) statistics. You think about the origin of God and us mortals think there has to be a start….and I couldn’t even begin (Genesis) that would describe the origin of God. No one has really successfully have completed such. So I guess it falls back on the scape goat of being Eternal (more to come).

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      1. I agree with this statement that “at the moment when everything else had its origin, God the Creator was already present and active.” Genesis records the beginning of life on planet earth and our human history. But even at the time of the end of the earth, God will always be present. If he wanted to, God could create and be tending to many earths (extraterrestrials!), but my own feeling is that he has a heart for this one. Jesus died for this one!

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      1. 3. Delilah used her beauty and sex appeal to influence the strong man Samson, and to discover the secret of Samson’s strength: his long hair. Does this show a temptation factor?

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      2. 7. Jezebel: Queen Jezebel was domineering, ruthless, and violent. She promoted Baal worship and the sexual immorality associated with it.

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      3. I like all of these examples given! I would also like to throw in Deborah– who was a judge, or leader of Israel and led a successful military victory over enemy oppressors. Also, I would like to throw in the unknown Samaritan woman at the well. It is through her story that we are assured that salvation through Jesus is for women too! –Then she tells the Samaritan village what Jesus had done for her. This is my favorite “woman” story in the Bible.

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      1. Great list of women in the Bible. Thank you Scriber!
        One thing: I understand Eve a little differently. She was the smart one that the serpent had to convince to eat the fruit, while the man just went along. Also, without eating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, would we even be here as human being with free will – and the ability to make decisions for good or ill?

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  2. Discussion #38 (from the Intern Pastor Paul);

    You hear the story about Jesus feeding the 5,000….”how could the L.C.G.S. do the same?”

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  3. Discussion #35
    In the news/media it’s been documented there is an issue between colored/foreign immigrant and the U.S. police department. So here’s the discussion; Biblically speaking (referencing the Bible), how do you interpret the use of extreme/deadly force against alleged suspects? Lets have an educated discussion referencing the Bible. For instance; Thou shall not murder (Exodus 20:13) or the golden rule (What is the Golden Rule? (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31) (internet). Please, no judging on this issue, let’s gather all the info. And discuss.

    Remember:
    1. What is the policeman’s duties.
    2. What is this action affected you personally?
    3. Police officers’ feelings
    4. How did this conflict start?
    5. Is this really a color/immigrant issue? Or actions?

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    1. Post #1

      If you are a security person, you see something unsafe, you address the situation and the suspect runs away, what should you do?

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    2. post #4
      Gen 50:17

      You are to say to Joseph, Let the wrongdoing of your brothers be overlooked, and the evil they did to you: now, if it is your pleasure, let the sin of the servants of your father’s God have forgiveness. And at these words, Joseph was overcome with weeping.

      Do we need to forgive?

      Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/words/Forgiveness

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    3. post #7

      Psalms 37:8
      “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.. Do not fret-it leads only to evil. (9) for the wicked shall be cut off…..”

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    4. post #9

      Mark 7
      Evil comes from within (7:21). All evil things come from within!
      Should we speculate???
      from bible reading for the day! 🙂

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    5. post #10
      Jeremiah 12
      from May 11 BRFTD:
      Question: Why does the way of the guilty prosper? (12:1). God replies; how will you compete? (12:5). The Lord has fierce anger against these people (12:13).. God is going to “pluck” them up from their land (12:14). After the plucking the Lord will have compassion on them (12:15).

      So does it matter if you follow the golden rule (do unto others…) or will the Lord always show compassion by his Grace?

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    6. post #11
      When was the Bible written and who wrote it? | carm.org
      https://carm.org/the-bible/when-was-the-bible-written-and-who-wrote-it
      by Matt Slick | Nov 22, 2008 | Bible General, The Bible

      The written history of the bible (from my timid research) is between 4,000BC to 100AD (from 2 different sources). Not going to debate such statistics. I’m thinking as time changes so does (your) reaction. Just like Newtons (2) Law of thermodynamics…there is an equal and opposite reaction. So what gives? Is the force used equal to the initial oppressed force?

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    7. I think these instances of police brutality have to be considered on a case by case basis. It does seem to me that there have been instances where the police have used excessive force that has resulted in the death of the individual. I think systemic racism has something to do with these cases. Systemic racism is a result of not following the golden rule “treating others as you would like to be treated,” but instead assuming that a person is guilty or probably in the wrong just because of the color of his/her skin. Jesus Christ did not treat anyone according to the prevalent prejudices of the day. He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well and offered her “living water” even though she was a Samaritan and a woman.

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      1. I think that faith is trusting that the Lord will work things out. However, the Lord’s plan for things working out is not necessarily what we have in mind for things working out!

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      1. post #2 (have a few enteries to make)

        My story starts (December 1991) when I was in the hospital in Minneapolis recovering from my brain injury (June 1991). The snow was very healthy at this time. I them made a “deal” with God telling/asking him (with His help) when I get discharged I will always clear the snow!. What a motiational tool to use! (this issue can be debate and/or a paper can be written on this subject).

        Note: At this time I was in a wheelchair.

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      2. The times the Lord has answered my prayers are too many to count. Again, the answers have not always been the answers I wanted, or in the timing I wanted. But even if God doesn’t give us the answers that we want, he always give us grace and peace, and the courage to face the next day.

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      3. How do we accept God’s response to our prayer? Through his grace? OR do we really understand what we are praying for.

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  4. Discussion #33

    We are going to discuss forgiveness in the Bible leading towards our normal lives. If you have a question or concern about forgiveness please post your thought for others to learn from.

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      1. We are supposed to forgive each other, because God, through his son, Jesus Christ, has forgiven us. Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.”

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      1. I am not sure if I understand this question. Certainly we forgive or we don’t forgive, I think you can’t kind of forgive. In terms of measure, I believe we are supposed to forgive our neighbor 70 x 7– which I think in biblical terms is an infinite number of times. Difficult to do!

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      2. Oops! I answered this below in — are some things unforgiveable! So I will answer unforgivable here! I think in God’s eyes all sin is equal, but certainly intentional murder seems to most people as something that would be unforgivable. But there are stories where people are somehow able to forgive even someone who has murdered someone in their family. That takes an incredible amount of grace– but that is the grace that God shows us! He would forgive. I have heard people try to debate whether Hitler could be forgiven after killing over 6 million people. I have heard the argument, that if he was penitent and turned to the Lord, God would forgive him.

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      1. I believe we are called to pray for our enemies, even if we don’t feel like it. Praying for our enemies will hopefully change our own heart. Sometimes though, it helps to try not to think about the offense the person has done. Sometimes at least a temporary solution can be to just try to move on and not think about it.

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    1. post #4

      Check out Psalm 13: Question from David; how long, oO Lord, Will you forgive me? The context is being in evil times. Are we in that now? 😦

      note: This was from my Bible Reading For the Day

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      1. My translation says “forget me,” but I don’t think the Lord ever forgets us or fails to forgive us if we come to him. I think we may be in evil times until Jesus comes back?

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      1. I think in this passage, the Lord is trying to instruct us on how to act as Christians. We are not supposed to repay evil with evil– we are supposed to forgive. If there has to be vengeance, then it would be God’s to carry out. There is that saying “what goes around comes around.” I think that God is saying that we should not act in a vengeful way, but that people who do bad things may have a comeuppance or a consequence to their actions at the end. I think the Lord forgives all who ask for forgiveness.

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    2. There is a good conversation going on here! Thank you scriber!
      I was thinking about the story of the prodigal son. The father forgives the prodigal even before he can ask for forgiveness. We have a God like that – a God who loves, a God who does not hold grudges, a God who is more forgiving than we could ever be.

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  5. post # 8

    An issue just occurred today when I received an asking for assistance card from Special Olympics. Sure, I would like to help, but….my name might gets thrown into their data base bucket being marked as a contributor. This could mean more asking for assistance notes (which I don’t want or need). This type of situation has occurred multiple times in the past with different organizations. BUT…AM I KIND?. I would say yes (on the surface), but don’t want to be taken advantage of! Now where is my kindness with this thought?

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  6. post #7

    Recent posts have been focused on how an act of kindness affects you personally. Though, doesn’t sometimes your act of kindness create “issues” with your own personal life? So basically, you do a kind act to someone and you get “hosed”. Who or what benefits from this situation?

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    1. why do we want to be kind? Are we thinking “what’s in it for me”? Don’t we want to improve the current enviroment?

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    1. Mindfulness come from the Buddhist tradition. Mindfulness is related to stress reduction. How? Now I have not created a database to scientifically prove this, but being kind helps (most of the time) the current situation you are in. In the next couple of days I will post a couple examples of how it has effected me personally :).

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      1. I was in the drive thru line at MCD (buying cup of coffee). When I got to the window to pay I learned tht the drive head of me picked up my bill. That made me feel pretty good! (I only wish I would have ordered more! 🙂 (but that’s not being kind), Because of this act every couple of months I do the same. I’m paying it forward!

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    2. A mindful person will monitor his/her actions to make sure that he/she is being empathetic and treating another person as he/she would like to be treated.

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    1. simple response: sharing a kind word, execute a loving smile. Another reason why I’m not so kind is that I stay away from hugs. Maybe this virus is telling us we are not sincere about the kindness of a hug? If you disagree please post your thoughts!

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    2. We can share our kindness to others by being empathetic and putting ourselves in their place. We can do unto others as we would have them do unto us. We can think of what we can do to ease someone else’s burden and carry that out.

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    1. I have been reading the BRFTD (bible reading for the day (it’s also posted)). There are so many acts of kindness in the bible. If you would like to share…please document.

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    2. In the Bible, the ultimate kindness is Jesus Christ laying down his life for our sins, and God the Father allowing him to do so. “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” –John 15:13

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    1. I just really don’t know? I watch a “ultimate fighting” match on ESPN where two people are beating each other up. Then when the match is over (if there is no knock-out) the two fist bump or hug. Maybe the kindness is to let your body take a beating by showing kindness to your opponent? OR You would think that you would want to win by beating your opponent to a pulp! But the question is…where is the kindness in that act? It probably goes back to this judging thing.

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    2. I definitely think competitiveness can interfere with kindness. Sometimes I can get so wrapped up in something (winning a game for example) and I take my competitiveness too far and say something that is hurtful. I have to constantly check myself and make sure that I’m not taking things too far as I am a competitive person.

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    3. I agree wholeheartedly with Jana’s comments! Taken to the next level, being competitive in the workplace or in a relationship may hinder kindness and communication.

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    1. We need to get away from the thinking “what’s in it for me”. Instead we need to think about what’s good for everyone else.

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    2. I would define kindness as doing something for the benefit of someone else with no thought of expecting anything in return. Greater kindnesses have greater sacrifices. It is easy to be kind to my neighbor by picking up groceries on a beautiful May day, much more difficult when it is 20 below zero in January. In one’s thought life, I believe that kindness is making an effort to always think well of others and “put the best constructon on everything.” Sometimes trying to do this goes against our true nature.

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      1. Excellent example for post #7. So now….are we measuring kindness? If so, who is the judge? (idea for next months topic).

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    1. On the surface, I’m very kind. BUT the answer is NO because of my ongoing speculation…I judge people…this is an issue! 😦

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      1. Now how kind is this? I personally request that some of my friends (I don’t know for much longer) go to the churches web site and post their comments about kindness. I’m hoping that this will create a “bigger net” experience. I just don’t know why (it seems as though I’m begging) to get some input from others. I’m out of lane and not being kind…sorry!

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    2. I like to think that I am kind, but now that I am older, I know that I can think of times when I was not necessarily kind. I can regret those times, and try to move forward in kindness.

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    1. The Bible is clear that nobody goes to heaven when they die . John 3:13 says, ” No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”. from google

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  7. Discussion #29

    The church is changing. We are experiencing the church in new ways! Though we only count the involvement in the old ways at 9AM Sunday morning. What’s up with the LCGS tally?

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    1. After our monthly talk, I’m going to create a “template” showing how the congregation is “living and sharing Jesus”. Will give this to Pastor for the October/November church council meeting.

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      1. Now I’m not a marketer,.
        Pastor might be doing this himself…but…our congregation needs to let all know how we are “living and sharing Jesus” by having a good count of the people in the cars who are attending the drive-in worship.

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      2. A tally should also be created to document the success of “voices of inspiration” with the food services!

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  8. Discussion topic #28

    Our topic: Many years, no one had to work on Sundays. Now a days before covid kids play soccer/football on Sunday morning, People want more entertainment with bands playing contemporary music instead of using the churches green hymnal. So what gives with all this changing? What do you think God has in mind?

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    1. Talking points:
      People might be thinking why?
      a. It’s sort of like a break in the week
      i. No work on the sabbath
      1. People are using this extra time for their own good
      2. Does this make God jealous?
      b. People are wondering “what’s in it for me (WIIFM)?”
      c. Lack of understanding
      d. AND…. what does it matter?
      I THINK GOD IS PROBABBLY A LITTLE BUMMED EVEN THOUGH HE IS SLOW TO ANGER
      (even though he knows the end result)
      Biblically this goes back to when God /Moses led the slaves out of Egypt
      Idols and wizards were discussed in the old testament. Are we trying to practice to be a superstar (like sport stars) and in a way is this like worshiping someone else than God?
      I think God is going to continue allowing us to struggle while people are increasing their religious faith

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    2. 8.25.2020: Pastor and myself discussed to topic about the change of culture that originated between WW\I & WWII. Our discussion lasted for about 30 min. We both agreed that next month a reminder needs to be sent out.

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  9. Discussion topic # 27
    Why do I come to church?

    Big reason is:

    other members.
    (you seem to always be around good people)

    so…what’s good??????

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    1. Going to church is sort of like “coming home” The way I have grown up it’s like the beginning. I learned that most everything revolves about church..

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  10. Discussion topic #25: Shifting priorities where people are less religious in general, or they identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”. Thus, going to church is unnecessary. People are weary of “the Church” in general. So……what’s up with this?

    Note: will be using the Zoom platform, the link will come from the Pastor

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      1. If everything comes from God, why did God allow this to happen? Is this similar to the great flood? (though it’s not water).

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    1. Question: what is spiritual?
      so…where did this spirit come from? Do I have to buy this spirit? or is this like drinking a spirit (alcohol)? You know there is much wine/vineyard for grapes in the Bible. Soooo, are people coming to church with he hopes of planting a vineyard that will initiate a spiritual applications? (like growing grapes) or by blossoming other fruits? I just don’t know. 😦

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      1. More definition: relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. Who control (yourself) this spirit? Still wondering how can this be? You might feel like you have some type spirit inside you….but isn’t this the Holy Spirit?

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  11. Discussion topic #25
    March 2020 was suspended this will be the topic for June 2020

    We all have too much “stuff”, forgetting that we are stewards of this “stuff” from God. So….Does the American deam fuel greed?

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    1. It sure seems to me that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness leads to collecting “a whole lot of stuff”

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      1. Bitterness/jealousy occurs when you start comparing your “stuff” vs. your “friends” stuff

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    2. In the book of Mark 1:16-20. 16 As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” 18 Right away, they left their nets and followed him

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    1. For this question to be asked, won’t you need some valid facts to support this inquired question? I think you should have “amendments” to this question. Will list a few:

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      1. what about establishing a “base” by signing someone from the home town:
        Kipnis, hometown Cubs near deal (source)

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      1. just like MR. C…the restaurant owner, cubs win, cubs win. It’s going to happen….this is the year!

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      2. Though, like the song says: Baseball time is hear again, you can catch it all on WGN. Well for this game I couldn’t!

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  12. Discussion #21
    11 Tappers

    Comments:
    6. More and more we are moving to a technology-based religion. We are dependent on Google search to find God. God is everywhere even in technology.
    7. People must go to work now. Many years no one had to work on Sunday. Sports (soccer) was /is played on Sunday morning now. Talking about entertainment; bring in bands, contemporary music instead for traditional music.
    8. We have lost out CHRISTIAN TRADITION. We have a lost generation of church
    9. The church is changing, and we are experiencing the church in new ways, but we only count the involvement in the old ways at 10AM Sunday morning
    10. People are tired & have many things competing for their time!
    11. It is easy to find reason to not attend church. Life has given us multiple choices of why not go and only one reason to go. WE NEED GOD
    12. Lack of time, energy, and spiritual belief. Trouble with the proof of God
    13. The lack of money to put in the offering, the lack of time (working 6-7 days a week) so we need a time to wash clothes, shop, etc. The culture has changed so that everyone doesn’t have the tradition of church
    14. Shifting priorities where people are less religious in general, or they identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”. Thus, going to church is unnecessary. People are weary of “The Church” in general.
    15. God’s angel wanted to be God. God then sent him down to earth to be god of the earth (the devil) whose job is to have everyone follow him. LIES, LIES, & LIES!

    Synopsis of the T.O.T. Discussion @ the “O”

    On Tuesday November 26 @ 7:00 PM. Eleven (11) “tappers” discussed why people aren’t that compassionate following the “Good News” [in general]. Our dialog included that the church is CHA, CHA, CHA, CHANGING. Forty (40) years ago no one would even think that 11 peopple would be sitting in a tavern identifying the challenges (test) we have to share the Good News with others.

    [Still under construction]

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  13. TOT November 2019

    Some ideas of why people are not sharing their spiritual religious practices:

    1. This “IT” phenomena (internet/smart phones/texting) has brought many variables (another discussion(s)) into our religious practices.

    2. The church (in general) is not the gathering place for the community to interact and build friendships.

    3. We all have too much “stuff”, forgetting that we are stewards of this “stuff” from God! Does the American dream fuel greed?

    4. Why can’t God feed (in some logistical way) to hungry? Or is this a test on us humans?

    5. [in general] What’s in it for me? (like Karma?) (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. (life after death?)

    more talk tonight at the “O”.

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  14. TOT November 2019….idea!!

    In general, why has “the God” thing lost interest in todays society. This is from local to throughout the world? Source of this question is from personal observation and “selected” (global) media stories in newspapers, magazines, and TV.

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  15. Here is my hope for something new at Good Shepherd – Wednesdays. At noon – Bible study. After school – something for children. Early evening – food and fellowship and learning – movies, etc.

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  16. TOT October (discussion #20)

    Would like to see the movie night come back. With this, there are some issues:

    1. When? dates and time
    2. Is this for fellowship only?
    3. What’s going to be show?
    4. Does it need the “boards” approval?
    5. Is it going to be advertised?
    6. Equipment? (NETFLIX connection?)
    7. Where at church (fireside room)?
    8. How is this going to be funded?
    9. For some shows, would there be a potluck before hand?
    10. clean-up!
    11. Any liability threats/security?
    12. refreshments?
    13. Senior members need to be involved too. (this will effect some content)

    These are SOME issues, that a movie night, (that) would have to be addressed if we are looking at the “whole” congregation.

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  17. TOT September

    The reason why I come to the LCGS:

    I could write several pages on this subject, but will keep my response as short as I can. My sister *****&******, were both married at Good Shepherd when I was very young. This took place “decades” ago. Since then, the churches sanctuary kept coming back into my mind. When I finally got serious about going to church, my fist thought was the LCGS. From that moment through my spirit, it said simply welcome home this is where you ae supposed to be. That was back in 1993 or 94, and have never considered another place to worship. My only regrets are that I should have listened to my memory so much sooner and that I should have joined the choir years before I did. The people at the LCGS or wonderful. I have gotten to do works of faith with many members. The strength of these members is another reason why I come! All this goodness tell me that life is worth living. There is heart crushing sorrow for sure, but there is also jubilant. bright, succulent joy. Good Shepherd is faith. A Quote from Johnny Cash “Faith is a flower of light in a field off darkness that gives you strength to carry on”. This is why I come to Good Shepherd, its from the Pastor to every member all of you help me keep the faith!

    Sincerely,

    From: *************

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  18. TOT September

    The reason I go to Good Shepherd is even knowing my God is with me 24/7. I need this “spiritual sense” the friendly people here (LCGS) provides. They are my family outside of my home. They are my support for any problems I may have. I can feel the love here.

    by: *************

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  19. TOT September 2019

    There are a couple reasons of why I come to “the LCGS” and I will post them throughout the month. First reason (Number 1): I was baptized at the LCGS in the 60’s.

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    1. I attend The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, because of the warm friendly, faithful people that attend there. They “walk the talk” & believe in God!.

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  20. August TOT 2019

    Forgiveness can be really tough. Reason: most of the time (should have a % number), it’s because you feel that you got TOOK in this forgiving situation! Simple solution, in most cases, use this situation as a learning opportunity to confront this sin before it even happens. For future forgiveness opportunities this could be a win/win situation. Thus, you might be able to prevent a need for forgiveness. I’m thinking of physical sins (like stealing…abuse (Ten Commandments).

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    1. This is from the Scriber’s cousin Janet. I am not sure if I am replying at the correct place, but this is what I think about forgiveness.

      The Lord calls us to forgive 70 X 7. The old adage is “forgive and forget,” but it is easier said than done. In forgiving, a person can intellectually decide to forgive someone, but it may be difficutl to forget. In a small matter like a little white lie, or a slip of the tongue a person can forgive and with a little effort forget.

      But in larger matters, if a person has been wronged it is harder to forgive. A person may intellectually decide to forgive someone, but the issue and its consequences can in no way be easily forgotten It is then that a person must rely on the Lord Jesus Christ, who has forgiven us, to help him/her forgive the other peson and to let the matter go as much as possible. The Lord’s help is needed so that thoughts don’t go toward getten even or revenge. Sometimes a hurt is so grievous that reconciliation on this earth may not be possible. But with the Lord’s help, a person can forgive in their heart and hope for reconciliation in heaven.

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  21. TOT August

    Was at the ice cream social last night, and of course, I had to bring up the topic of forgiveness. My response was that once you ask God for forgiveness you must also forgive yourself. There is also consequences for your sins. These would be mortal consequences, not spiritual.

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  22. TOT August 2019

    Currently I think of forgiveness as a financial matter…like forgiving a debt. Though, we also must look at forgiveness as an act of kindness.

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  23. TOT July
    Act 2:38 Tools
    “Repent,” answered Peter, “and be baptized every one of you in the Faith of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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  24. July TOT

    we also practice:

    sleeping
    watching TV
    drinks beer (some of us)
    Eating/drinking

    does this have anything to do with faith? So, what are we trying to “get” by practicing faith?

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  25. TOT July

    Question: why practice faith?

    Answer: better question….why not?

    Just think about the potential advantages of practicing(religious) faith. Eternal LIFE….life after death. The master judge is God, so it appears to me (if you’re mobile) that you need to walk and talk in Jesus’s name. So I know there is a lot of debatable hypothesis about faith in Jesus (if that’s the religious faith were talking about), but walking with Jesus (understanding his doctrine) should lead you to a more “rounded” life. So……., do you want to miss out on this opportunity? I don’t think faith is a “one and done” process. How would you feel if St. Peter doesn’t open the gates of heaven for you? The Bible tells us to spread the “good news”….so we shall!

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  26. TOT July

    History:

    From last months talk, John Calvin couldn’t really ID where the tree of good and evil (and tree of life) originated, but still had the faith of God.

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  27. TOT July

    Ready a book titled Reason for flowers

    They were discussing flowers used in Bali for festivals around the temple (Hindu) lasting three or more days. “flowers play a important role in death as they do in life”. With many flowers it’s a repeated act of faith!

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  28. TOT July

    What’s faith? According to Webster:

    faith noun
    \ ˈfāth

    a
    : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
    lost faith in the company’s president
    b
    (1)
    : fidelity to one’s promises
    (2)
    : sincerity of intentions
    acted in good faith
    2
    a (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God
    (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
    b
    (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof
    clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return
    (2) : complete trust
    3
    : something that is believed especially with strong conviction
    especially : a system of religious beliefs
    the Protestant faith
    on faith
    : without question

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  29. June T.O.T.

    Tree Of Life
    Most Relevant Verses
    ref: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Tree-Of-Life

    Genesis 2:8-9

    The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    Genesis 3:22-24

    Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

    Revelation 22:1-2

    Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

    Revelation 2:7
    Verse Concepts
    ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

    Revelation 22:14-15

    Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
    Proverbs 15:4
    Verse Concepts
    A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

    Proverbs 3:13-18

    How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.read more.
    Proverbs 11:30
    Verse Concepts
    The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
    Proverbs 13:12
    Verse Concepts
    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

    Genesis 2:9-17

    Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.read more.

    Genesis 3:1-24

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'”read more.

    Genesis 3:24
    Verse Concepts
    So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

    Revelation 22:2
    Verse Concepts
    in the middle of its street On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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  30. June T.O.T
    Upon doing some reading (ref: http://www.old-earth.com/meaning-tree-of-life.html)

    I read:

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    does this sum up what the tree of life is about?

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  31. June T.O.T.
    reference: https://www.gotquestions.org/tree-of-life.html
    Question: “What is the meaning of the tree of life?”

    Answer: The tree of life, mentioned in the books of Genesis and Revelation, is a life-giving tree created to enhance and perpetually sustain the physical life of humanity. The tree was planted by God in the Garden of Eden: “The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9). The centrally located tree of life would have been easily accessible to Adam and Eve from any point in the garden.

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  32. May T.O.T.
    37 Miracles of Jesus in Chronological Order

    reference: https://www.learnreligions.com/miracles-of-jesus-700158

    # Miracle
    1 Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding in Cana
    2 Jesus heals an official’s son at Capernaum in Galilee
    3 Jesus drives out an evil spirit from a man in Capernaum
    4 Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law sick with fever
    5 Jesus heals many sick and oppressed at evening
    6 First miraculous catch of fish on the Lake of Gennesaret
    7 Jesus cleanses a man with leprosy
    8 Jesus heals a centurion’s paralyzed servant in Capernaum
    9 Jesus heals a paralytic who was let down from the roof
    10 Jesus heals a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath
    11 Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead in Nain
    12 Jesus calms a storm on the sea
    13 Jesus casts demons into a herd of pigs
    14 Jesus heals a woman in the crowd with an issue of blood
    15 Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter back to life

    16 Jesus heals two blind men
    17 Jesus heals a man who was unable to speak
    18 Jesus heals an invalid at Bethesda
    19 Jesus feeds 5,000 plus women and children
    20 Jesus walks on water
    21 Jesus heals many sick in Gennesaret as they touch his garment
    22 Jesus heals a gentile woman’s demon-possessed daughter
    23 Jesus heals a deaf and dumb man
    24 Jesus feeds 4,000 plus women and children
    25 Jesus heals a blind man at Bethsaida
    26 Jesus heals a man born blind by spitting in his eyes
    27 Jesus heals a boy with an unclean spirit
    28 Miraculous temple tax in a fish’s mouth
    29 Jesus heals a blind, mute demoniac
    30 Jesus heals a woman who had been crippled for 18 years
    31 Jesus heals a man with dropsy on the sabbath
    32 Jesus cleanses ten lepers on the way to Jerusalem
    33 Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead in Bethany
    34 Jesus restores sight to Bartimaeus in Jericho
    35 Jesus withers the fig tree on the road from Bethany
    36 Jesus heals a servant’s severed ear while he is being arrested
    37 The second miraculous catch of fish at the Sea of Tiberias

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  33. May T.O.T.
    reference: http://access-jesus.com/gods-miracles-html/

    We need to discuss this!
    1. what defines a miracle?
    2. Isn’t God in control?
    3. Or does the Evil one also do miracles?

    All Miracles Are Not God’s Miracles.
    Not all miracles come from God. God is all powerful, but not all miracles come from God. There are people that are not of God that can perform signs and wonders. Matthew 24:24 advises us that all miracles do not come from God.
    Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

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  34. For May TOT
    for a listing of the miracles of Old Testament Bible.

    reference:Access-Jesus.com
    Bible Event: Miracles of Old Testament

    Listing of Miracles Recorded in the Old Testament Bible
    1. Creation. Creation of the universe, including plants, animals and humans (Genesis 1 – Genesis 2).
    2. The Flood. The flood of Noah (Genesis 7, Genesis 8)
    3. The Confusion of Tongues. Confusion of languages (tongues) at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9).
    4. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:4).
    5. Pillar of Salt. Lot’s wife turned into a “pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26)
    6. Birth of Isaac. Sarah and Abraham Conceive a Child in their old age (Genesis 21:1).
    7. The burning bush not consumed. Moses before the burning bush (Exodus 3:3).
    8. The Miracle of Aaron’s Rod. Aaron’s rod changed into a serpent (Exodus 7:10-12).
    9. The Plagues of Egypt. The ten plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7:20 – Exodus 12:30).
    Water becomes blood
    Frogs
    Lice
    Flies
    Murrain
    Boils
    Thunder and hail
    Locusts
    Darkness
    Death of the first-born
    10. The Miracle of the Red Sea Parted. Red Sea divided; Israel passes through (Exodus 14:21).
    11. Waters of Marah Sweetened. God answers Moses prayer for water in the wilderness (Exodus 15:23-25).
    12. Manna From Heaven. Manna sent daily, except on Sabbath (Exodus 16:14-35)
    13. Water From the Rock at Rephidim. Moses smites the rock and water came out (Exodus 17:5).
    14. Fire Devours Nadab and Abihu. Nadab and Abihu consumed for offering “strange fire” (Levitius 10:1, 2).
    15. Fire From the Lord Burns the People. Some of the people consumed by fire at Taberah (Numbers 11:1-3).
    16. The Earth Swallows Up Korah and Company. The earth opens and swallows up Korah and his company. (Numbers 1:32).
    17. Fire From the Lord Consumes Two Hundred and Fifty. Fire at Kadesh (Numbers 16:35-45).
    18. 14,700 Slain By a Plague. People slain by plague at Kadesh for murmuring against Moses (Numbers 16:46-50).
    19. The Miracle of Aaron’s Rod. Aaron’s rod budding at Kadesh (Numbers 17:8).
    20. Water From the Rock. Water from the rock, smitten twice by Moses, desert of Zin (Numbers 20:7-11).
    21. The Miracle of the Brazen Serpent. The brazen serpent heals the people bitten by the fiery serpents (Numbers 21:8-9)
    22. Balaam’s Donkey Speaks. Balaam’s ass speaks (Numbers 22:21-35).
    23. The Jordan River Parts. The Jordan divided, so that Israel passed over dryshod near the city of Adam (Joshua 3:14).
    24. Jericho’s Walls Destroyed. The walls of Jericho fall down (Joshua 6:6-20).
    25. The Lord Stills the Sun and Moon. The sun and moon stayed to allow the Israelites to avenge their enemies. (Joshua 10:12-14).
    26. The Lord Casts Stones From Heaven. A Hailstorm destroys the enemy of the Israelites. (Joshua 10:12-14).
    27. The Strength of Samson. The Spirit of the Lord gives Samson supernatural strength. (Judge 14-16).
    28. Water From a Hollow Place of a Donkey’s Jaw. The Lord provides Samson water from an donkey’s jaw (Judge 15:19).
    29. Dagon Idol Falls Before the Ark. Dagon falls twice before the ark. (1st Samuel 5:1-12).
    30. Emerods (tumors) Befall the Philistines. Emerods on the Philistines (1st Samuel 5:1-12)
    31. 50,070 Men of Beth-shemesh Killed by the Lord. Men of Beth-shemesh smitten for looking into the ark (1st Samuel 6:19).
    32. The Lord Thunders a Great Thunder. Thunderstorm causes a panic among the Philistines at Eben-ezer (1st Samuel 7:10-12).
    33. The Lord Brings Thunder and Rain at Harvest Time. The Lord responds to Samuel’s request with thunder and rain in harvest at Gilgal (1st Samuel 12:18).
    34. The Lord Creates a Sound in the Mulberry Trees as a Sign to Attack the Philistines. Sound in the mulberry trees at Rephaim (2nd Samuel 5:23-25)
    35. The Lord Kills Uzzah for Touching the Ark. Uzzah smitten for touching the ark at Perez-uzzah (2nd Samuel 6:6, 7).
    36. King Jeroboam’s Hand is Withered. King Jeroboam’s hand withered to get him to repent. (1st Kings 13:4)
    37. King Jeroboam’s Alter Destroyed. Jeroboam’s new altar destroyed at Bethel (1st Kings 13:4-6).
    38. Miracle of Elijah and the Widow’s Oil Increase. Widow of Zarephath’s meal and oil increased (1st Kings 17:14-16).
    39. Miracle of Elijah and the Widow’s Son Raised From the Dead. Widow’s son raised from the dead (1st Kings 17:17-24).
    40. Miracle of the Drought. Drought at Elijah’s prayers (1st Kings 17, 1st Kings 18).
    41. Miracle of Fire. Fire at Elijah’s prayers (1st Kings 18:19-39).
    42. Miracle of Rain. Rain at Elijah’s prayers (1st Kings 18:41-45).
    43. Elijah Fed by Ravens. Elijah fed by ravens (1st Kings 17:6).
    44. Ahaziah’s Captains Consumed by Fire. Ahaziah’s captains consumed by fire near Samaria (2nd Kings 1:10-12).
    45. The Jordan Divided. Jordan divided by Elijah and Elisha near Jericho (2nd Kings 2:7, 8, 14).
    46. Elijah Carried to Heaven. Elijah carried up into heaven (2nd Kings 2:11).
    47. Elisha Purifies the Waters of Jericho. Waters of Jericho healed by Elisha’s casting salt into them (2nd Kings 2:21, 22).
    48. Elisha’s Curse Cause Bears to Kill 42. Bears out of the wood destroy forty-two “young men” (2nd Kings 2:24).
    49. The Lord Provides Water to Jehoshaphat and the Allied Army. Water provided for Jehoshaphat and the allied army (2nd Kings 3:16-20).
    50. Elisha and the Widow’s Oil Increase. The widow’s oil multiplied (2nd Kings 4:2-7).
    51. Elisha and the Shunammite’s Son Raised From Dead. The Shunammite’s son given, and raised from the dead at Shunem (2nd Kings 4:32-37).
    52. Elisha Cures the Deadly Pottage. The deadly pottage cured with meal at Gilgal (2nd Kings 4:38-41).
    53. The Feeding of the 100 Men. A hundred men fed with twenty loaves at Gilgal (2nd Kings 4:42-44).
    54. Naaman Cured of Leprosy. Naaman cured of leprosy, Gehazi afflicted with it (2nd Kings 5:10).
    55. Iron Axe Swims the River. The iron axe-head made to swim, river Jordan (2nd Kings 6:5-7).
    56. Elisha Knows the King of Syria’s Plans. Ben hadad’s plans discovered. Hazael’s thoughts, etc. (2nd Kings 6:12).
    57. The Syrian Army Blinded. The Syrian army smitten with blindness at Dothan (2nd Kings 6:18).
    58. The Syrian Army Cured of Blindness. The Syrian army cured of blindness at Samaria (2nd Kings 6:20).
    59. The Dead Revived. Elisha’s bones revive the dead (2nd Kings 13:21).
    60. God Sends Lions Into Samaria. God sends lions into Samaria because they did not fear the Lord (2nd Kings 17:25).
    61. The Army Destroyed. Sennacherib’s army destroyed, Jerusalem (2nd Kings 19:35).
    62. The Sun Goes Backward. Shadow of sun goes back ten degrees on the sun-dial of Ahaz, Jerusalem (2nd Kings 20:9-11).
    63. Uzziah Struck With Leprosy. Uzziah struck with leprosy, Jerusalem (2nd Chronicles 26:16-21).
    64. Three Hebrew Boys Delivered from the Fiery Furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego delivered from the fiery furnace, Babylon (Daniel 3:10-27).
    65. Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Daniel saved in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:16-23).
    66. Jonah in the Belly of the Well. Jonah in the fish’s belly. Safely landed (Jonah 2:1-10).
    67. The Sign Given From Gideon’s Fleece. Gideon’s fleece (Judges 6:37-40).

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  35. In our confession of faith, we sometimes confess that “we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.” The forgiveness and new life in Christ frees us from our bondage to sin, and frees us to love and care for one another. We are still sinners, and will always be this side of the resurrection. But we are at the same time forgiven and freed to love.

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  36. I was reminded this winter that physical pain can hold us in complete bondage to itself. I wasn’t able to do anything without experiencing excruciating nerve pain. Pain medications dulled the sharp pain and helped me to get by, but my bondage only ended when I experienced healing. And once I was healed (over 40+ days after my pain began) it was difficult to even imagine that pain.

    Neither bondage not pain knows middle ground.

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  37. Another thought today, it’s really a question, is this boiler problem the church is having…does this mean we are “bounded” to worship in our activity center? So, what’s the boiler issue really telling us? We will discuss Tuesday night,

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  38. Just completed my 31 day (24hr.) Rhythmsrtar heart monitoring. So I was “bound” by 4 wires (attached to 4 electrodes attached to my chest). Having these wire was sort of like a physical bondage

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  39. In the past month I have taken up learning to play the harmonica. Do I ever fell bound in the ability to inhale/exhale thru the harmonica to play notes….leading to a song! I have documented breathing “challenges”, so I’m taking “the next step” to help free me from this breathing bondage.

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  40. After my head injury in the early 90’s, it sure seems that “rapid movements” create some sort of anxiety in my nervous system (causing me to tremor). This is the “bondage” that’s affecting me. If yo read this, please post and share your own story.

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