Our next T.O.T. meeting will be the 28th of January 2020 @ 7:00pm at the Olympic Tavern (on going tally for the year(s))

We had 11 people attend our T.O.T. meeting for the month of November. Please come out next year to the tavern (1/28/2020) and discuss a topic that hasn’t been selected yet, but will be chosen from suggestions that were made by paper (church), or on this web site in January 2020. Your suggestions are needed to help us determine what we’re going to discuss next month. These suggestion will be thrown into a “hat”, and one will be picked, during the announcements at church, for our topic for our 28th of January 2020 discussion. Thank You! ( for Discussion #22)

53 thoughts on “Our next T.O.T. meeting will be the 28th of January 2020 @ 7:00pm at the Olympic Tavern (on going tally for the year(s))

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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