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  1. Kate says:

    What happened with the Pottersfield audit? Haven’t been here in a while but I can’t seem to find the follow up info. This issue is still ongoing, correct? Can someone direct me in what to search for to find it? Thanks!

  2. Michael says:

    There hasn’t been an official audit yet due to a lack of funds to pay for one. I hope to have a more complete update next week.

  3. Jean says:

    October 31 is celebrated in many churches as Reformation Day. If you celebrate the Reformation (or are just wondering what all the fuss was about), check out the following excerpt which compares and contrasts faith and works:

    The Twofold Righteousness of Abraham

    “Let us cite the example that Paul goes on to cite, that of Abraham. He says: ‘If Abraham were justified by works he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness’ (Rom. 4:2-3).

    “Here, too, please take note of Paul’s distinction as he recounts Abraham’s twofold righteousness. The one is of works; that is, moral and civil. But Paul says that this did not justify Abraham in the sight of God, even though it made him righteous in the eyes of men. He has glory before men by reason of that righteousness, but is yet without the glory of God.

    “None can say that it is the works of the law, or ceremonial works, that are here condemned, for Abraham lived many years before the law. Paul simply speaks of Abraham’s works, and those his best works; for it would be absurd to argue as to whether a man is justified by evil works. If, now, Abraham is righteous by none of his works, so that, unless he puts on another righteousness (that of faith), both he and all his works are left under the power of ungodliness, it is apparent that no man can make any advance towards righteousness by his works; and it is further apparent that no works, efforts or endeavors of ‘free-will’ are of any avail in God’s sight, but that they are all adjudged ungodly, unrighteousness, and evil. For if a man himself is not righteous, neither are his works and endeavors righteous; and if they are not righteous, they merit damnation and wrath.

    “The other righteousness is that of faith, and consists, not in any works, but in the gracious favor and reckoning of God. See how Paul stresses the word ‘reckoned’; how he insists on it, and repeats it, and enforces it. ‘To him that worketh,’ he says, ‘the reward is reckoned, not of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is reckoned for righteousness,’ according to the purpose of God’s grace. Then he quotes David as saying the same about the reckoning of grace. ‘Blessed is the man to whom the Lord has not imputed sin,’ etc….

    “In short, Paul sets ‘him that worketh’ and ‘him that worketh not’ side by side, and leaves none in the middle between them. He declares that righteousness is not reckoned to him that worketh, but is reckoned to him that worketh not, if only he believes.”

    – Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will, transl. Packer and Johnston, pp. 295-96

  4. Michael says:

    If I was only allowed…

    One cuisine: Chinese
    One author: Charles Bowden
    One genre of music: Boogie woogie piano
    One TV show: Monday Night Football
    One place: Crater Lake
    One season: Fall
    One city: Geneva
    One game: Cribbage
    One book of the Bible: Isaiah
    One movie: The Godfather

  5. Josh says:

    One cuisine: Low Country Boil
    One author: John Phillips
    One genre of music: Motown 1960-1970
    One TV show: Survivor
    One place: Southport, NC
    One season: Summer
    One city: Savannah, GA
    One game: Basketball
    One book of the Bible: Genesis or John
    One movie: Good Morning Vietnam

  6. Xenia says:

    One cuisine: Mexican
    One author: JRR Tolkien
    One genre of music: Bagpipes
    One TV show: Lost
    One place: My home library/study
    One season: Fall
    One city: Oxford
    One game: Minecraft
    One book of the Bible: Matthew
    One movie: Lord of the Rings (all three)

  7. Xenia says:

    Over here we celebrate neither Halloween or Reformation Day. No big surprise there, eh?

  8. Josh says:

    Xenia strikes me as a Tolkien nerd 🙂

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    Josh

    Watch it… there are more Tolkien nerds than you might imagine 😁

  10. Josh says:

    I admire Tolkien but could never get past the language barrier for Lord of the Rings. Lame, huh? Like, I know its a great story, its just a chore for me to try to read. I only like the first movie. HATED the Two Towers. Return of the King was OK. Tried watching the first Hobbit movie, but that was SLOOOOW.

    So, as much as it shames me to admit it, I just don’t get Tolkien.

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    One cuisine: French
    One author: William Manchester
    One genre of music: Singer/Songwriter
    One TV show: All Creatures Great and Small
    One place: Bibliothèque Mazarine
    One season: Autumn
    One city: Paris
    One game: Limbo
    One book of the Bible: St. John’s Gospel
    One movie: The Godfather, Part Two

  12. Xenia says:

    Xenia strikes me as a Tolkien nerd<<<

    I am a total Tolkien nerd.

  13. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    One cuisine: Hamburgers (anything on a bun)
    One author: Erle Stanley Gardener
    One genre of music: whatever genre Queen falls into
    One TV show: Boston Legal
    One place: On my boat
    One season: Spring
    One city: Lake Havasu – right where I am.
    One game: Baseball
    One book of the Bible: Mark
    One movie: Commando (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    One Cuisine: Pizza
    One Author: TBD
    One Genre of Music: Classic Rock
    One TV Show: don’t watch TV
    One Place: North Shore of Lake Superior
    One Season: Autumn
    One City: TBD
    One Game: Baseball
    One Book o’ the Bible: Romans
    One Movie: I honestly can’t decide

  15. DavidM says:

    I remember reading an article in 1983 in Christianity Today called “Reclaiming Reformation Day” by a Duane W.H. Arnold from Lutterworth, England. Anybody ever hear of him?

  16. Dan from Georgia says:

    Who is this Duane Arnold you speak of?….

  17. Jean says:

    Whether one self-identifies with the Reformation or not, I would observe that the entire catholic and apostolic church (other than EO, if they wish to self-exclude) is the progeny of the Reformational insights of the beloved Martin Luther. The Current Pope would agree with me, as he has said:

    “I think that the intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken. He was a reformer. Perhaps some methods were not correct. But in that time, if we read the story of the pastor, a German Lutheran who then converted when he saw reality—he became Catholic—in that time, the Church was not exactly a model to imitate. There was corruption in the Church, there was worldliness, attachment to money, to power . . . and this he protested. . . . And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification. On this point, which is very important, he did not err. He made a medicine for the Church.”

    There has not been a man since the apostle Paul, nor since, that IMO understood and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ as purely as Rev. Dr. Luther. May the Church of Jesus Christ carry on blessed by his legacy.

  18. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    “And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification.” and this is why even this Pope is the Anti Christ for today.

    The RCC and the Lutherans do not agree on justification — well let me back it up a bit – true confessional Lutherans.
    Worldwide Lutherans (mainly liberal European Lutherans along with American ELCA) did sign a joint declaration, but it was not the RCC agreeing with Luther – it was Worldwide Lutherans agreeing with Rome.

    It helps all Popes to extend the lie.

  19. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    it came to me after hitting send – Lutheran World Federation right before the year 2000.
    This is what happens when you give up your confessions and free style it for years – you sell out to the anti christ. I think the book of revelation speaks to this in several places.

  20. Em says:

    As I am a fickle human being i could not zero in on one anything… well with regard to “popular” music anything sung by Placido Domingo or maybe the late Sammy Davis Jr … Oh wait, there’s … 🙆 😸

    If i had to lay down money, i would bet MLD and his Lutes are in for some surprises concerning the Revelation recorded by John…. time will tell, maybe sooner than later… dunno

  21. JoelG says:

    I’ll play…

    One Cuisine: I’m with Dan… Pizza
    One Author: Buechner
    One Genre of Music: Classical
    One TV Show: Parts Unknown
    One Place: Sunriver Oregon
    One Season: Summer
    One City: Hood River Oregon
    One Game: Yatzee
    One Book o’ the Bible: John
    One Movie: Hoosiers

  22. Jim says:

    One Cuisine: 1 1/2-2 pounds of Beef w/4 1/2 cups of Brassica oleracea. I eat this every day in one sitting.
    One Author: TBD
    One Genre of Music: 70’s blues-based hard rock
    One TV Show: UFC
    One Place: Marco Island
    One Season: I’m in Florida
    One City: Hate them all
    One Game: Anything with my grandkids
    One Book of the Bible: Currently Romans
    One Movie: Braveheart

  23. Michael says:

    Jim,

    I’m from Oregon…what is Brassica oleracea?

  24. Jim says:

    Cruciferous vegetables. I eat broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and asparagus (which is not Brassica oleracea). Fast for 22 1/2 hours a day, eat the massive meal, and maybe snack on olives and goat cheese. Miracle diet. Never ever hungry or tempted to cheat.

  25. Michael says:

    Jim,

    You are a stronger man than I am…

  26. Jim says:

    I eased into it over a year, lowering carbs, skipping breakfast, then lunch. Straight up keto for about 3 months, then modified to higher protein and upped carbs from 20 grams to 50 (if i snack after dinner). Huge pain reduction and greatly increased mental clarity. The weight loss was the least significant part to me, but went from 200 to 147. I think I looked better fat. My wife is from the master race and can and will eat anything, and will sit on the couch next to me and eat ice cream, and I have zero temptation. It’s not will power or strength, I just have no desire for unhealthy stuff. It’s a boring way to eat, but it’s great to never think about food.

  27. Jim says:

    This is when people on crazy diets realize that they could talk for hours and decide to shut up.

  28. Michael says:

    Jim,

    I may enquire of you more on this matter later.
    Pain reduction and loss of brain fog sound appealing…

  29. Jim says:

    Straight up keto will do it. I modified because of the fasting.

  30. BrianD says:

    One cuisine: Mexican
    One author: Harry Turtledove
    One genre of music: ’70s love songs
    One TV show: NCIS
    One place: Nashville
    One season: Fall
    One city: Nashville
    One game: College basketball
    One book of the Bible: John
    One movie: Serenity

  31. BrianD says:

    Actually, if the definition of One Movie is “which movie are you watching right now”, it would be An Inconvenient Sequel. I’m trying to learn the basics of the climate change issue. We just got through a string of 90-plus degree days locally this week; Octobers should normally be cooler, highs in the 60s and 70s.

    Instead of babbling on about the ‘blood moon’, the TV preachers ought to be talking about the days getting hotter and the number of hot days growing….

    I’m on a low-carb, no-sugar, low-fat diet. Trying to stave off diabetes and lose weight. I’ve lost probably 20-30 pounds over the last couple of months. Trying to lose at least 50 lbs more, then 25-30 after that. I will tell you I don’t miss Whoppers, ice cream, icees, etc. and I actually like eating more veggies, fruits, low-fat/no-fat foods; I feel better and more energetic. Although at my age, I don’t have as much energy as I once did — after work is the best time for me to go to the gym, but work tires me out and it’s been too darn hot to walk outside (and too much time to go to the gym, get dressed, work out, and come back home).

  32. Michael says:

    BrianD,

    I was thinking about you this morning and how you would find these stress reducing/community building posts.
    Sometimes I forget fun is allowed…
    I have to hit the hay…blessings.

  33. BrianD says:

    Oh, I’m just fine with them, Michael. Have you forgotten the night crew? 🙂

    But I’m sure the reader who is easily offended by discussion of keto diets, favorite movies and fun is somewhere among you.

    Oh, well. They can read George Bryson and James White.

  34. ( |o )====::: says:

    Night crew!
    ! O_o !

  35. PM says:

    One cuisine: Mexican
    One author: James Lee Burke
    One genre of music: Cash(American era)
    One TV show: The Office
    One place: The Sierra Nevada
    One season: Summer
    One city: My Own
    One game: Baseball
    One book of the Bible: John
    One movie: Shawshank and Napoleon Dynamite

    Sorry. Had to bend the rules on that last one.

  36. Duane Arnold says:

    DavidM/Dan

    “I remember reading an article in 1983 in Christianity Today called “Reclaiming Reformation Day” by a Duane W.H. Arnold from Lutterworth, England. Anybody ever hear of him?”

    Never heard of him 😂…

  37. Dan from Georgia says:

    I heard on the radio this morning that October is Pizza Month. Not sure where who decreed it so, but YES!!!!!!

    Yes…Queen, Pizza, 70’s blues-based hard rock, Napoleon Dynamite, and Baseball!

  38. Jean says:

    “The Naked Truth

    “Who has the courage to take an honest look at this world of ours and call out the truth? Who has the heart to point out what we all know but are afraid to admit? Who will take a look at all this plastic and emptiness and loneliness and cheap imitation and describe what it really is? Who will call it?

    “God will call it. He calls it by one name. And it’s a painfully simple name: death….

    “The plain truth is, life isn’t all we’d like it to be. Not only will we die one day; we are dying every day of our lives. We’re dying to live, but we’re dying just the same. Like it or not, that’s the bottom line in the world we live in – everything else is pure sham. We’re going to have to look somewhere else for real life.

    “The Surprising Alternative

    “Christianity is the unbelievably good news that there is forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation to be had in the midst of this dying world of ours. And this is the real thing; not just the same old rat race traded in for another treadmill. This is God’s gift of life in exchange for death; LIFE in Person, in fact. In the person of Jesus Christ, who came ‘that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10).

    “And He is the one who shapes our life for the 21st century.”

    Harold L. Senkbeil, Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness, pp. 25-26.

  39. ShortPolock says:

    It’s almost Christmas

    … whatever happened to the Samaritan’s Purse story about the mishandling of funds? My church is doing the Christmas boxes again this year

  40. Jtk says:

    One cuisine: pizza
    One author: Randall Munroe
    One genre of music: ska
    One TV show: Carbanaro Effect
    One place: Albuquerque outdoors
    One season: Summer
    One city: San Diego
    One game: Chess
    One book of the Bible: John
    One movie: High Noon

  41. ShortPolock says:

    One cuisine: Tapas
    One author: Douglas Adams
    One genre of music: Blues, because this game would be depressing in reality
    One TV show: Mr. Bean
    One place: Forest
    One season: Fall
    One city: Klamath
    One game: Solitaire
    One book of the Bible: Isaiah
    One movie: Oh, God!

  42. filbertz says:

    cuisine: Cajun
    author: Steinbeck
    music: blues
    TV show: sports center/Scott VanPelt
    place: Alaska
    season: fall
    city: Sorento, Italy
    game: tag
    Bible book: Luke
    movie: Shawshank Redemption

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