Last post by Bryan - September 12, 2020, 08:01:45 pm
I've posted this before, quite some time ago actually, but it was not nearly done. I sanded it over quite a bit and I think I"m ok with the finished result. Not a professional by any stretch but I love music and I enjoyed this song! Take a listen if you would like:
Last post by Bryan - September 11, 2020, 02:20:27 pm
Like him or dislike him, the man is getting results. Announced just a bit ago that now Bahrain is normalizing relations with Israel. Of course just a few weeks ago the UAE did so. What is he doing so right that others have done so wrong? Either way, this is quite remarkable and noteworthy for sure!
Last post by Pete - September 10, 2020, 05:46:22 pm
Obviously, you and I have very different opinions on this topic, Jim.
Firstly, I don't for a moment believe that the church was successfully closed for months. I can speak only for my church and the other churches here in our small town, but the reach of our ministry was actually broadened more than we could have dreamed possible. Rather than whining about the church closing, we opened up Zoom meetings, which provided a unique opportunity to minister to people who could have never been ministered to otherwise. Upon returning to in-person church services, we immediately started live streaming. Suddenly we're reaching hundreds of people we would never have been able to minister to before, including our very own Jo, thousands of miles away. This has resulted in church growth that we haven't seen in quite some time. Also, our church's income INCREASED pretty drastically during the shutdown. The logic doesn't even follow. If the purpose was to shut down the church, the absolute worst thing you could do is push churches to do online streaming, as that makes it even easier for people to hear the Gospel and for people to support those ministries they follow.
Secondly, there are many data-driven reasons that I believe the lockdowns were overreaching, but "lording it over us" isn't one of them. I think the pandemic is being utilized as a political sledgehammer by all sides of the political spectrum. Opportunist is the word I would use. And whatever is politically expedient for the fleeting moment is what politicians will do.
Thirdly, it's very true that we have a President that is challenging the status quo, but absolutely not in a good way, IMO. This President cares about exactly one thing, and that is his own narcissism. Our President isn't the least bit interested in challenging the status quo in politics. He is interested in whatever benefits him personally at the moment. He'll tell you what you want to hear so long as he thinks it benefits him. As soon as it's no longer politically beneficial, he'll change with the political tides. That should concern people of character and integrity. I don't believe our President has any true convictions. He says what people want to hear when they want to hear it until they don't want to hear it anymore. I suppose you could take the position that even if he doesn't possess a moral compass and doesn't have any real convictions that at least he'll do what you want him to do, but that's some seriously shifting sand to base your hopes on, IMO.
Last post by jiminpa - September 10, 2020, 12:47:47 pm
Politics in the US have enjoyed a nice unhealthy status quo for decades, but these are people who want to dictate to us how we live our own lives. They successfully closed every single church in America for months. God did not do that. It violates his instruction. Do you think that these power hungry politicians are going to just forget how easy it is to lord over us all? Like him or not, we have a president who is challenging that status quo, and the status quo is doing everything to stay in place.