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  • Shewmaker

    JamesJoined

    I am a servant of King Jesus. I spread his word and teach others how to study his message. I was married to Cynthia Shewmaker until she died.

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      One of today's Far Side's website comics. https://www.thefarside.com/2020/01/28/3
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      @Vilen Don't know if you want to be notified when this happens but I was served a page that said this: Error 503 first byte timeout first byte timeout Guru Mediation: Details: cache-jax20944-JAX 1580167924 249156533 Varnish cache server
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    • Apocryphal
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      I try to be the wind beneath the wings of others. By that I mean that I try to teach people how to study the Bible text for themselves. I don't think that people develop a deep comprehension of what the Bible text says from having other people …
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      For those of us who are not administrators, I don't think there is any way to send private messages on Cake. There have been times that I would have preferred to have handled something through a private message. Whether there is a way for those …
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    • Apocryphal
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      Paul is not talking about one's secular education or what one studies to be good at their job. He also is not talking about any other activity which involves reading secular materials for secular purposes, such as recreational reading. Paul is …
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      Another example of the effort to marginalize or disenfranchise those with whom one disagrees can be seen in Hillary Clinton's claim that "Nobody Likes" Bernie Sanders. Since there are obviously many people who do support him, what do we make of …
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      Stephen, Paul viewed any information which was available to man outside of revelation as being distinct and separate from that which was preached. We talk of the separation of religion and civil government. Paul taught that there must be a …
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    • Apocryphal
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      There are many good things in many books of man's writings which are not eternal truth. I read a lot of fiction and some non-fiction that is not spiritual in nature. (You may have seen a list which I suggested to Stephen.) But a book with a lot of …
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      And when the multitudes were gathering together to Him, he began to say, This generation is an evil generation: it seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah. For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites …
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      I'm sorry. It was not your fsault, Stephen, but mine. I made an assumption that you were referring to my statement that I do not consider Tobit to be legitimate. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, there were many books that predated the first …
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      @StephenL I'm fully aware of what the Book of Tobit is, I do not believe that the evidence substantiates any claim for its authenticity. Notice that the Jews also consider it noncanonical. Its origin is probably based on the syncretism of many of …
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      I believe that hundreds possibly thousands of stories in the Old Testament are foreshadows of Jesus. There are at least three stories that foreshadow the events in John 4:1-42. But I also believe that all those events occurred. I do believe that …
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      @StephenL You used a word which I suspect you define in a manner that is quite different from the way that I define that word. That is the word "church." You asked "Is your level of commitment to Bible study the norm for your church." The …
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      If the subject of Lincoln's relationships with people who had once opposed him interests you, you might also want to explore one of several books that deals with the relationship which developed between Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Although …
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      No. I know a lot about koine Greek and Spanish and a little bit about Hebrew, but in spite of how much effort I have put into the study of languages, I still have not developed any degree of fluency in any language other than English. I have sat …
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      No human (or group of humans) has a perfect perception of the text's meaning. But, "alternative interpretations" are like "alternative facts." The only legitimate interpretation is God's interpretation. If "alternative interpretations" were …
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      Stephen, For various reasons it is never possible to translate perfectly from one language to another a large body of written material except if the two languages are so close together that they have only recently been classified as separate …
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      If your question concerning Jonah is caused by his being swallowed then here are two points to consider: 1. The great fish was not normal. The text states "YHVH had prepared a great fish" Jonah 1:7 2. If Jonah was not inside a fish then why did …
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