Pastor Dave

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About Pastor Dave

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    Disciple of the Way
  • Birthday 08/20/1962

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    Southern Illinois

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    Family, Biblical Studies, Woodworking, Organic Gardening, Shooting, Edged Weapons, Astronomy, Nature, History, Healing Herbs,........
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    1 dog, chickens,rabbit
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    My beautiful wife, our great children and their spouses, our fantastic grandchildren, our great grandchildren to come, our animals, ........
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  1. Flow chart

    I'm glad someone else got a chuckle out of it. It was something that came across my facebook page and I thought some of our members might see the humor in it. Jonathan, you're right. Nobody owns a cat ...
  2. Enemies

    Luke 22:35-36 King James Version (KJV) 35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
  3. Yep, that should have given you the right version of the app.
  4. Just a question here. Are you trying to install the correct version? Your tablet runs on the Android OS so a Windows or Apple app will not run properly.
  5. Prayers have been spoken for your brother and your whole family.
  6. It is with great sorrow and joy that I inform you all of the passing of my father-in-law J.C. this afternoon. I am sorrowful that this wonderful man has left us. He has been an important part of my life for over thirty years now. Since my own Father left us over twenty five years ago J.C. has filled the role of a father figure for me. From the first time I ever met him he has always treated me with respect even though I'm sure there was some trepidation at first as I was a very different person back then. However, the sorrow is tempered somewhat by the joy of knowing that he is no longer in pain. His last few years have been difficult for him. Alzheimer's set in a few years back and when it did the rest of his health declined rapidly. In some of his moments of clarity he made it known the he was unhappy with his state of being unable to care for himself. He will be missed greatly. He is survived by three daughters, four sons-in-law, nine grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and his second wife. We ask for prayers of comfort and strength, well wishes, positive energy, or whatever your customs may be for all family members. Thanks, Pastor Dave
  7. Forgiveness is necessary?

    I suppose there are other methods than those I follow. If someone finds what works for them why should I judge. My instruction book for life tells me; " For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.". I do remember watching a talk show with Dr Caroline Leaf and she was talking about how the act of forgiveness released chemicals in your brain that allow new neural networks to form.
  8. Forgiveness is necessary?

    From a Christian point of view the two are immutably intertwined. Luke 11:4(CJB) Forgive us our sins, for we too forgive everyone who has wronged us. And do not lead us to hard testing.’” Matthew 18:35 (CEB) “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if you don’t forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 6:14 Amp For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 9:13 Amp Go and learn what this [Scripture] means: ‘I desire compassion [for those in distress], and not [animal] sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call [to repentance] the [self-proclaimed] righteous [who see no need to change], but sinners [those who recognize their sin and actively seek forgiveness].” For me, the two are so intertwined that with one, comes the other. IMHO We are more capable of forgiving others when we feel forgiven. Forgiveness, it seems to me, must be a two way street. If we receive forgiveness it allows us to release the negativity associated with the action just as forgiving others allows us to let go of the bad feelings concerning their actions.
  9. Forgiveness is necessary?

    I'm not a psychology person but here is the first article on a google search for me. And a quick quote from the article. "Psychologically, when people reported higher levels of forgiveness, they also tended to report better health habits and decreased depression, anxiety, and anger levels. Even in betrayed couples, greater levels of forgiveness were associated with more satisfied relationships, a stronger parenting alliance, and children's perceptions of parenting functioning. Physiologically, higher reported levels of forgiveness were associated with lower white blood cell count and hematocrit levels. White blood cells are an integral part of fighting off diseases and infections. Together, these results highlight the importance of forgiveness - not for the other person, but for you. Don't allow your mind and your body to go through another day feeling vengeful and angry. "
  10. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    I understand what you're saying but I kind of enjoyed having them come over. I got to meet some nice people who were doing their best to follow the teachings of the Bible as they understand them. I started our Bible study the first morning with this scripture; 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. I then explained to them that as a kid in church I had been told to stay away from JWs because they had bad doctrine. I even told them, after they asked what else I had heard, that some would call them a cult. They just said that they had heard worse. LOL Then I explained that, as a grown man, I was going to see first hand what they teach and make up my own mind. They had a nice little book that lays out their doctrine, clearly, in an organized fashion. As we went through it we found that for the first three or four chapters we were in complete agreement. When we had differences I would question them and then give scriptures that supported why I disagreed with their stance. Hopefully I gave them something to think about that wasn't covered in the literature. How to explain to the wife ... Hi dear, I got you some help with the housework!
  11. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    Wait, what? You offered to buy her???? I invited them over for Bible study on Saturday mornings. I visited their Kingdom Hall a few times and got to see how they conduct their services. One of the elders came by on Saturday bringing one or two other members of the congregation. Some times I even got guest elders from out of state. I think they came by for about six months before they finally realized that they weren't going to persuade me to change my theology, the doctrines that I adhere to nor forgo the symbolism and holidays of mainstream Christianity. I will say this though, I now know more about Jehovah Witnesses than I would have ever thought I was going to know even a few years ago.
  12. The "Soul" Doesn't Die

    On a side note; I suppose, if the writer of the initial article viewed consciousness as being the soul, then it could be seen as "less" of an act of sensationalizing. That of course brings us back to cuchulain's point in the topic "Does the human soul exist?". Until we can come to an agreement on what a soul is we will continue to have disagreement on all points relating to the soul.
  13. The "Soul" Doesn't Die

    Alright, I've finished the scientific article located here (ok I may have skipped a few areas where quantum math formula's were being given) and it appears that the original article may have read into the theory something that I did not see being discussed in a well written review of the theory. It seems to me that Orch OR is a theory of how/where/when consciousness occurs. I saw nothing about a soul. The writer gives a list of criticisms and responses. (Found in section 5.6) 5.6. Orch OR criticisms and responses Orch OR has been criticized repeatedly since its inception. Here we review and summarize major criticisms and responses. They also give a list of predictions of Orch OR. (Found in section 5.7) 5.7. Testable predictions of Orch OR – current status Orch OR involves numerous fairly specific and essentially falsifiable hypotheses. In 1998 twenty testable predictions of Orch OR in 9 general categories were published [15]. They are reviewed here with our comments on their current status in italics. Their conclusion to the article; ‘Orchestrated objective reduction’ (‘Orch OR’) is a theory which proposes that consciousness consists of a sequence of discrete events, each being a moment of ‘objective reduction’ (OR) of a quantum state (according to the DP scheme), where it is taken that these quantum states exist as parts of a quantum computations carried on primarily in neuronal microtubules. Such OR events would have to be ‘orchestrated’ in an appropriate way (Orch OR), for genuine consciousness to arise. OR itself is taken to be ubiquitous in physical actions, representing the ‘bridge’ between the quantum and classical worlds, where quantum superpositions between pairs of states get spontaneously resolved into classical alternatives in a timescale ∼τ, calculated from the amount of mass displacement that there is between the two states. In our own brains, the OR process that evoke consciousness, would be actions that connect brain biology (quantum computations in microtubules) with the fine scale structure of space–time geometry, the most basic level of the universe, where tiny quantum space–time displacements are taken to be responsible for OR. The Orch-OR proposal therefore stretches across a considerable range of areas of science, touching upon the foundations of general relativity and quantum mechanics, in unconventional ways, in addition to the more obviously relevant areas such as neuroscience, cognitive science, molecular biology, and philosophy. It is not surprising, therefore, that Orch OR has been persistently criticized from many angles since its introduction in 1994. Nonetheless, the Orch OR scheme has so far stood the test of time better than most other schemes, and it is particularly distinguished from other proposals by the many scientifically tested, and potentially testable, ingredients that it depends upon.
  14. The "Soul" Doesn't Die

    I have to agree with you both here. There is not really any proof in the story. The article seems to me to be written by someone who was less concerned with the details than they were concerned with sensationalizing the theory. That being said, I have started to look into the theory a little farther. Although this is the first time I can remember hearing about it, it was originally proposed in the '90s.The article I'm reading now is much more detailed and a little hard to fully grasp. I'm about 1/4 of the way through it so far. If I see anything that seems to be more quantifiable I'll let you all know. BTW, when I searched Google for info on Orch OR there was also in the "related searches" Orch OR debunked which I may read next.