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Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” - Genesis 2:18
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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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  2. JustCountry

    JustCountry

    A good reminder for this coming week!

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  4. Lee_v.2

    Car Audio [show your system]

    Hey, Will! I remember you asking about my door speakers. Well, they aren't fiberglass mounted, which would be awesome if I were skilled in that area! 😉 But, even if was, I would have perhaps been a bit concerned about them being seen. I have learned the hard way that, if you don't want something stolen out of your car, then you must keep quiet about it and keep it out of sight. So, that means I really needed to put the speakers in the stock locations. (The kick panels in the footwells were not options, either.) However, stealth does not mean poor quality! Aside from stealth, my goal was to prevent any sound from reaching into the inside of the doors, AND to prevent sound from bouncing around between the door and interior panel that holds the armrests, cup holders, etc. In essence, the only sound I wanted coming from the door into the cabin was what was coming off the surface of the speaker cone. My design was so effective that you cannot hear any sound coming off the skin of the doors' exterior... all sound coming out of the car (when the windows are up) has no choice but to come through the glass, which does not vibrate very much. So, I can play my music pretty loud and no sound can be heard outside. To help protect the speakers from moisture and to prevent the door from rattling, I made speaker enclosures out of steel electrical junction boxes with "gooped on" steel blanks on the back - about 3 pounds of them - to make the speaker enclosures too heavy to move or vibrate due to the cones' movements. In one of my pics, you can see that I covered the entire enclosure with Goop E6000. Finally, I ordered mounting baffles cut to my specs from WoodCrafter-dot-com. These allow the speaker to be snugged almost flush with the interior door panel (the remaining gap is filled with a foam strip). As well, the wood is attached to the metal of the door in such a way that it is practically welded in place. I sanded the wood and put a layer of waterproof, non-brittle wood glue over the entire surface. I can remove the driver any time I need to, but Lord help me if I ever need to remove the enclosure/baffle assembly! I have always used Boston Acoustics, so for this install I happened to get the Boston Acoustics PRO 5.0 SE (Special Edition) from 2006. They were 25th anniversary speakers that were discontinued shortly thereafter. I got them in 2014... in fact, I got three sets so I would have spare parts. (Being discontinued did nothing to lower the price 😞 ) Using the head unit, I send all signals to the amps/speakers with a 6db rolloff below 120Hz. With the subwoofer off, and the cabin gain alone augmenting the bass, the door speakers actually play fairly punchy, low bass with that high pass slope. They handle 125/250 rms/peak, and I think my amps run out of steam before they do. Hope you enjoy! - Lee
  5. Lee_v.2

    What do modern Reformers think of Preterism?

    Good question! "Classic" Premillenialism, which has a Futurist approach to Revelation, has been around since the second century. In summary, this view holds that things go from bad to worse, Jesus comes and binds the dragon and then begins a literal or figurative thousand year reign of peace, at the end of which the dragon leads a final revolt before he is vanquished and the general resurrection and final judgment occurs. This view skirts the concern referred to in the original post since Classical Premill does not hold that Jesus' second coming occurred "actually" or "in some sense" at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. "Dispensational" Premillenialism, which has been around since the 1800's, also skirts the concern mentioned in this thread.
  6. Lee_v.2

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    Well, the KJV'er could read aloud to the other and then, in a wonderful act of kindness and love, the KJV'er could read the other's version, say, the ESV, aloud to them, as well. It would, you know, provide something of a translation. The KJV'er might have to read real slow to start but, over time, I am sure everything would turn out just fine. 🙂
  7. Dean Scott

    Complaints Department

    I will pass these suggestions to SGS' webmaster. I want you to know they have not fallen on deaf ears! Dean Wull... There are many tweeks needed and I'm passing this very valuable feedback to SGS' webmaster. Thank-you for letting me know your observations. Dean
  8. If a person was KJV Only and another wasn't I wonder if this would convince them not to marry one another. The tension would just be too much.
  9. Curly Q

    What do modern Reformers think of Preterism?

    Where do Premillennialists fit in?
  10. Curly Q

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    davidstarcher, I really appreciate your wise and we'll timed words. You show great discernment of when to speak instead of remaining silent. Thank you for the advice of how to navigate these forums as a newcomer to this membership/fellowship. It reminds me of 2 verses in 2 different places in Proverbs about what to do in 2 different sets of circumstances being the wise fool and the foolish fool. 1- don't answer a fool according to his folly because he can't learn from it 2- do answer a fool according to his folly because he CAN learn from it I always wondered if this was the inspiration behind Shakespeare's use of the "wise fool" as a literary device.
  11. Curly Q

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    I'm interested in your perceptions of the eternal security perspective. I'm curious, CorneliusCenturion, can you participate in the mental exercise of being your own "devil's advocate". By that I mean, can you anticipate how people who believe in eternal security might view those and other similar verses in context? Might you even anticipate other verses that they might introduce to support their beliefs? In debate class at my Christian school, I used to choose the unpopular position like pro-abortion (that I didn't personally believe) to have a bigger challenge. Also, I believe that scriptural truth can stand up to any questioning or doubts. Is this something that you might like to try?
  12. ReformedGuy101

    ReformedGuy101

    "The Christian who is not diligently involved in a serious study of Scripture is simply inadequate as a disciple of Christ. To be an adequate Christian and competent in the things of God we must do more than attend “sharing sessions” and “bless me parties.” We cannot learn competency by osmosis. Biblically illiterate Christians are not only inadequate but unequipped. In fact, they are inadequate because they are not equipped."

    ~ R.C. Sproul

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  14. Wull

    Complaints Department

    Update - it only shows a few people.....
  15. Lee_v.2

    North Coast Brewing Co - Brother Thelonious

    Okay, so this is my last "beer" post... it took me a while to get this beer 'cause the bottle shop was out! This is my 2nd favorite beer, after the Italian beer. And, I like my beer ice cold... the foam should freeze on the side of the jar. This is a red, Belgian style ale... has a licorice and plum taste (don't ask me to explain how my tongue arrives at that conclusion... it just does 🙂 )
  16. Wull

    Complaints Department

    Some folks' ages are currently listed as "0". Didn't realise how precocious some American youngsters are 😂
  17. K8EMusic

    What do modern Reformers think of Preterism?

    I'm by no means an expert, but I've never been able to see a logical reason to accept the Preterist view. I've tried -- because I like to understand what others believe and where they're coming from -- but I just can't get there. The biggest hurdles for me are that if Christ had already returned and was already reigning, we wouldn't see the degree of wickedness we see today, which only seems to be getting worse (look at the prevalence of things like abortion, perversion, etc.). And another hurdle is God's promises to Israel being eternal -- why would God make a promise to Israel, if He'd just planned to cut them out of it entirely and replace them with a different group of people later? His promises to one group don't become null and void with the addition of another group (i.e. Israel and Gentiles). I realize this topic goes much deeper than what I've touched on; but I just wanted to briefly express my belief and the two major obstacles I see with the opposing view. Someone who adheres to a Preterist view can probably shed more light on why they hold that belief.
  18. Knowlie22

    Knowlie22

    The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. John Piper. 

    1. ReformedGuy101

      ReformedGuy101

      He got it from the WSC1 😉

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      Q: What is the chief end of man?
      A: Man's chief end is to glorify God,1 and to enjoy him forever.2

       

      1 Corinthians 10:31. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

      Psalm 73:24-26. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God isthe strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
      John 17:22, 24. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one... Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

       

       

  19. Lee_v.2

    What do modern Reformers think of Preterism?

    Hi Garrett100, This is a good question! I think there are some distinctions to consider to level the playing field, so to speak. There are preterists and then there are hyper-preterists. The distinction is helpful as one holds that Jesus has returned in some sense, while the other holds that Jesus really did return already, but we just don't see him. And this all seems to pivot off the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Also, and this is important, it is related to how a person reads Revelation. For, whatever approach is taken for Revelation tends to be how passages like Matthew 24 then are interpreted. For instance, a person may read Revelation from a Preterist/Postmillenialist position, as the two tend to go together. Others, and this includes myself, approach Revelation from a Idealist/Amillenialist stance. This governs how they deal with Matthew 24. Further distinctions go like this: a regular preterist believes Jesus' return in some sense in AD 70 ushered in His reign and the millennial period and things are going from bad to good, thus accomplishing the annihilation of the enemies of God because of that return in power through the church; the other believes the ascension of Christ ushered in the millenial period but that there really is no "pinning" in history of any one Christological event after the ascension, that the only real thing promised or significant since the ascension is the building of Christ's visible and invisible church in local congregations, that this same Lord will return the way he departed, and that things go from bad to worse till Christ returns in the clouds to rescue his persecuted church from the enemies of God. I expect others would nuance or differ with my thoughts here, but this is fairly close. Again, great question. Here are some things to check out, especially the OPC link that talks about hyper-preterism. (I did leave out Historicists because I think history tends to make that a less viable position as time goes on.) Peace 🙂 1. Read the Introduction to Revelation in a Reformation Study Bible... it goes over some of this 2. Check out Dennis Johnson's "Triumph of the Lamb" and Anthony Hoekema's "The Bible and the Future" 3. Check out the Q/A regarding Hyper-Preterism on my denomination's website (the link is below) Orthodox Presbyterian Church OPC.ORG
  20. Someone told me a lot of Reformed folk believe at least partial Preterism, which is why he didn't want to go to the Alliance conference about eschatology this year in PA. I googled it, and sure enough, people think partial Preterism is relatively common today. I also found out it was introduced by Jesuits. Personally, I think it's all a bit of a whackjob doctrine. It seems the Puritans didn't like it much, either. What are all your thoughts about the topic? I don't really know enough to make too many arguments against or for it.
  21. becauseofgrace

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    It was ok, I didn't mean it as a criticism. 🙂 I know everyone just started joining in on the current thing that was being spoken on...which turned into a discussion off the topic I had originally asked. I do agree that God's truth is very important - and we should be willing and able to tell others what we believe. There are more these days who passively sit by without caring and being diligent about things of the Lord, which is a sad state of things, and one big reason churches are in the state they are in. Much like these days recorded in Isaiah... Isaiah 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
  22. KSNJ

    Complaints Department

    Don't know if it's a possibility, but it would be really helpful if the ages of new members who just joined could be posted alongside their username in the "Latest Registered Members" list as they were in the old SGS.
  23. davidstarcher

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    I don't think anyone should feel pressure to participate by writing especially if they are not confident enough in their understanding of what they believe to be able to articulate it or give answers for it. Sometimes it is better to simply watch, listen, read, and hopefully learn. I didn't come to my own positions overnight or simply adopt them as a tradition and I wouldn't expect anyone else to either. “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven— ...A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. “ Ecclesiastes 3 :1,7 “He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent. “ Prov 17:27-28 “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. “ James 1:26 At the same time I would caution against any thought that as Christians when in a public forum we need “safe spaces” so that we can avoid being triggered. Being willing to listen to opposing viewpoints is part of how we learn by either strengthening our own position as we learn to give answer for it or correct it if we are in error. We are also encouraged in scripture to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you. Knowing how to answer an attack on the reliability of scripture when it comes to variants in the manuscript evidence (which undeniably exist), accusations that scripture simply spread by a giant telephone game, or why different translations(including different KJV translations) read differently is important. Yes that takes work, time, study, thought, and may force us to consider our own cherished beliefs and traditions but ultimately it is to God's glory and our own spiritual defense that we learn to do this. “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. “ Prov 27:12 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. “ Prov 12:1 “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; “ 1Peter 3:15
  24. Don't think I posted anything by way of direct response... Maybe I should have.....but felt that truth was more important than etiquette!
  25. Mary1577979507

    Bible Versions - Anyone else KJV only?

    @CorneliusCenturion Indeed those who are truly of the Lord can never lose their salvation, nothing can snatch them out of his hands. John 10:28-30 King James Version (KJV) 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I was just curious as to what tait1norman meant by his statement.
  26. ReformedGuy101

    ReformedGuy101

    Must Watch Movie on Reformed Worship:

     

     

     

  27. JustCountry

    JustCountry

    Crazy first time tearing out an old pantry and putting in new shelving units... It was an experience! 

     

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    1. Lee_v.2

      Lee_v.2

      JustCountry, you Rock!!!  Get it... Country... Rock... get it?!  Anyway, that is totally awesome 🙂

       

    2. JustCountry

      JustCountry

      Ha, ha, thanks. It was a friend's panty and I'm happy it all worked as I had my doubts!

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