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  1. You Aussie's are real gamblers! I could be wrong but the polls often are slanted to affect the minds of voters. There are a lot of silent Trump supporters who keep quiet to avoid attack by Biden supporters. 😄
  2. Yes, If it goes to the 12th amendment it could be quite interesting as the house elects the president but the senate elects the vice president. In that case it could be if Biden wins with a house vote that Pence could win with a senate vote and becomes Biden's vice. If Biden doesn't make it through his term, Pence would become president and Republicans would take back the White House. (Strange but possible)
  3. Hi 4BeanMix, No, not a member there. Left those kind of sites 14 years ago. To rigid and filled with dogma and intolerance to alternative views. Yet some people are drawn to that kind of drama in their life. I would rather have peace and goodwill toward others prevail regardless of ones personal beliefs. Joseph
  4. I already paypaled my support in full . No need to wait. It's a go..... There is no pulling the plug in a week so if one is going to donate then go ahead and donate now so Paul doesn't have to carry the load for the rest of the 6 months.
  5. The September 2020 Monthly Discussion Board Report follows:New Members Registered: 2Total Members 1778Total Posts 52139New Members rejected: 1 Awaiting user email validation 0New Topics Started: 34New Posts: 164Personal Messenger (convers) 1Active Current Members this month 8Guest visits averaged app 5-10 at any 15 minute time average. Items of Note: Joseph Mattioli is retiring from Site Ownership and Paul Smedley is the new Site owner and head Administrator. Paul has decided to try an
  6. This Discussion Message Board is an internet support community of individuals, mostly consisting of but not limited to those that embraces pluralism and the eight points of Progressive Christianity. An internet place of reaching out and encouragement to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive, as well as to those who have given up on or are unacquainted with it. A safe place of discussion and sharing of ones views and thoughts concerning the journey or quest for truth and spiritual discovery. A place of challenging discussions where participants come
  7. No. They would not negotiate. They said we should have been paying the higher rate already. Even reminded them we have been a paying customer since 2003. The $45 plan is their least expensive plan as of a year ago. They caught it on a recent change in software and audit of accounts.
  8. I took over in 2009 after our main site was shutting it down because it had deteriorated to name calling and a handful of people plus social media (Facebook) was on the rise. We built this site up to as much as 62+ active members each month and had 3-4 moderators in 2012 In 2014 it decreased to 1/2 of that and as social media became more and more popular has continued to decrease to present day 7-10 active members a month The main site was not interested in further financial support in 2017 and we became self supporting. I am retiring now as site owner and and if this si
  9. Thomas, BTW, This image has appeared with a link to how to become a Site sponsor over 319,000 times the last 2 years with zero response. http://content.invisioncic.com/r11202/monthly_2017_07/sitesponsor1.jpg.4e1d54aab9ea02a7654129fb64513c5e.jpg
  10. Well, if you look at our statistics in the News area you will find we have from 7 to 10 active members each month total (usually the same ones). As an active member, are you willing to contribute $5 a month every month to keep the site going? Ask the same of the other active members. Do you think you could get 8 other members? Would you even be willing to sponsor 1 month at $45 yourself which would be less? Otherwise October 7th will probably be the last day this forum is online. Lets see what kind of response we get here.
  11. Not a bad suggestion Thomas but our present bill of $20/mo couldn't even get but 3 willing to donate $20ea for the whole year . SteveS55 and Paul and myself. So Paul and myself picked up the balance for the rest of the year to this October. http://tcpc.ipbhost.com/topic/4350-help-our-annual-october-fund-raiser/ Perhaps joining Facebook or free social media may be the best suggestion as forums are on the decline. I'm working to see if they will make an exception for our pricing but if not perhaps there are free forums with advertisers paying the bill available elsewhere on
  12. I received the following message from Invision Power Services which is our software provider and host of this site ... ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rhett (Invision Community) Sep 22, 2020, 11:58 PM EDT Hello, I'm sorry for the trouble here, it seems your site has missed our internal audits, the 25 plan hasn't been offered in a few years now and doesn't include SSL, which has also been required for some time now. Due to a recent update at AWS which hosts our cloud, this is now showing an issue with any site not using SSL. Our m
  13. Wanda, Welcome and sorry to hear about your problem. Personally i would recommend honesty and forgiveness to rid yourself of any guilt. With all the social media out there there is a lot of cult like information and videos out there concerning the issue you mention. If it were my father, i would not pester or argue with him him over the issue. You can share your honest feelings and then let it go. In my view, we can't change others, we can offer advice but we have to accept that they have their own mind to make up. You don't have to let it "drive you crazy". You can choose to let him liv
  14. No man taught me that but it is okay with me if you want to remain in bondage to the covenant from Mount Sinai. Myself, i choose to be free.
  15. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Yes the world has passed away. But of course, perhaps not for some as yourself at this point in time. Jesus words were spirit and truth, not literal. And as Paul said in Galatians Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female slave, the other by a free woman. 23But he who was of the female slave was born after the flesh; but he of
  16. Pipiripi, The "Word" of God Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”) plural logoi, in ancient Greek philosophy and early Christian theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. To me, the invisible energy by which all things are directed into 'being', both seen and unseen. In my view, the Bible does not qualify to the definition. It is neither divine reason nor implicit in the cosmos. It is a series of short books/stories and letters (epistles) containing past down historical accounts, instructional advice for living, prover
  17. British Wisdom on Cancel Culture and Racism..... British Racial Wisdom.MP4
  18. Welcome. Why not tell us a bit about your background and join in the conversations?
  19. Perhaps you don't grasp that every day is the Sabbath day. Hebrews 4:1-10 . Don't fail to enter into his rest as some did in olden times. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. To live under the law is death. When a new will and testament is made the old is made void else confusion results. Are you living under the Old Testament? https://www.phildrysdale.com/2013/10/37-scriptures-that-prove-christians-are-not-under-the-law/
  20. The August 2020 Monthly Discussion Board Report follows: New Members Registered: 4 Total Members 1777 Total Posts 51975 New Members rejected: 0 Awaiting user email validation 0 New Topics Started: 35 New Posts: 731 Personal Messenger (convers) 2 Active Current Members this month 10 Guest visits averaged app 5-10 at any one time Items of Note:- None Joseph Mattioli Discussion Board Admin/Moderator/Forum Site Owner
  21. Jesus did something that he regularly did throughout the week. Luke 13:14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. Pipiripi, Will you be indignant also like the Pharisees ? !!
  22. Dimitryet, Welcome to the forum. I deleted all your images with advertisements on your post in other wisdom traditions. Please do not use this site with images that contain advertisements. JosephM (as Moderator)
  23. I think some may find this video from 1968 which to me applies to whats happening today quite interesting really... Sourced from government archive. Really.mp4
  24. PS: I meant to add but forgot in my post above this one ... In Matthew 15:21–28, Jesus encounters a Canaanite (Syrophoenician) woman who begs Him to cure her daughter. Jesus initially refuses her request by saying, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs” (Matthew 15:26). Taken out of context, and especially in English, it’s easy to mistake this for an insult. In the flow of the story, however, it’s clear Jesus is creating a metaphor meant to explain the priorities of His ministry. He is also teaching an important lesson to His disciples.Jews in Jesus’ day s
  25. Hey, i don't even believe that the writings are the word of God. But if you want to use them in a debate like the meaning derived from calling the Gentile dogs, it has to be done in context of time and collaborated with the other writings in the book if you wish to get a clearer picture. I am not trying to second guess what Jesus meant as if i know but in the context of all the gospels he doesn't specifically exclude Gentiles from listening to his teachings. He trained Apostles to go out into the world . His mission was to the Jews we agree but not to the exclusion of the Gentiles sharing in t
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