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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. British Wisdom on Cancel Culture and Racism..... British Racial Wisdom.MP4
  15. Welcome. Why not tell us a bit about your background and join in the conversations?
  16. 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/
  17. 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
  18. 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 ? !!
  19. 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)
  20. 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
  21. One definitely needs to plan ahead. My wife has her own pension and Social security plus if I were to pass she would get more SS not less. One cannot be 100% certain of the future but we have done all we can to prepare and the rest is out of our hands. Sure if she lives long enough she may have to sell the house and get something more within her means if taxes were to increase too much. . The state you live ion matters, thats why we moved to Florida (Increases in value are limited to 3% of the previous year's assessment or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Florida, whichever is less. This lim
  22. I don't have insurance. I have been married 52 years. My home is paid for along with all other possesions. I have saved enough in federally insured cash to carry my wife for many years along with my investments. Me too and they are paying for it with a standard of living that has little incentive to get ahead because of taxes.
  23. Don't know what you mean by fine print? If i thought Europe or Canada was a better place to live than the US ..... i would move there. What i have learned from those countries is that my family and i prefer to live in this great country of opportunity in spite of some peoples perception that the grass is somehow greener in the other country.
  24. Ok , we will have to disagree because of my experience as we moved when we were in the standard for poverty. It required lowering our standard of living and some sacrifice but to me, it is as simple as that. It is the negativity of the thinking mind that makes things difficult. Some of the happiest people i know are those that have the least.
  25. And I am saying in reality they (that 20 of our society are not poor by world standards. I am saying that the level of poverty as classifying as poor is relative and doesn't give a clear picture of our society and how well we are off which includes those 20% that is reported as living in poverty.
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