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|Katz writes -
1 Watt went right?
The electric company never hears much of anything from their customers when things are going okay. But if the power goes off for even a short time, they get tons of phone calls, many of them (so I'm told) being downright obscene.
In a mellow mood the other day, I called Hawaiian Electric's complaint line and told their representative, "Your service is great! Thanks a lot and may God bless and prosper your company." The person on the other end of the line was so surprised and happy that she asked me to repeat my message to her supervisor. Which I gladly did.
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giant and his hog
Last week I went to one of those places that wraps packages for shipping. (I was sending some macadamia nuts to my wife's sister.)
Parked on the sidewalk, nearly blocking the entrance to the wrapping place, was a big Harley Davidson motorcycle -- a maroon and chrome beauty; mint condition; fully loaded.
There were only a few people in the store. One of them was a huge Samoan fellow, long hair in a pigtail, big handlebar mustache, wearing jeans and a leather jacket with skull insignias. He looked to weigh at least 900 lbs (I exaggerate only slightly) with 890 lbs of that being solid muscle. go to 3
|3 Maybe I was suffering from temporary insanity, but I approached the fellow
and said, "Is that your Harley out there?"
The big dude scowled down at me with a look that would frighten a Rottweiler. He said just two words: "Yeah. So....?"
I then told the man that his bike was the most gorgeous hunk of machinery I had laid my eyes on in many a day (which was true.) Boom! It was like night and day. The guy's face broke into a big old grin that instantly transformed his face into that of a kind and gentle man.
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talked motorcycles and other stuff for more than 30 minutes. He even took me for a spin around the block. I made
a new friend that day.
I never cease to be amazed at the power of kind words and a friendly smile. Give it a try!
|Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health
to the bones. Pr 16.24
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is! Pr 15.23
Maria asks - Can a Christian woman get a divorce and remarry again?
Bible Bell's answer
God ordained marriage very soon after He created Adam and Eve...
|Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his
wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen 2.24 (see
also Eph 5.31)
Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 1 Cor 7.2b
|During His sojourn on earth, the Lord's teachings on marriage and divorce were specifically based on the one-flesh covenant -- God's ordainment of ONE husband married to ONE wife.||The Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is
it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?"
Jesus said, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Mt 19.3-6
The practice of having more than one marriage partner is called "polygamy."
|Nor shall he multiply wives to himself, so that his heart does not turn
away (from God).
And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian (whom she had borne to Abraham) mocking. And Sarah said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman and her son. For the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac." And the thing was very evil in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Gen 21.9-11 (see also examples in Gen 29.30-31, 31.50; Deu 21.15-17)
|Several of the Old Testament patriarchs practiced polygamy. Examples
are Abraham, Jacob, and David.
Does the fact that God loved and blessed these people mean that polygamy is "okay with God"?
To answer this question, let's examine the case of David.
David was a man after God's own heart...
|The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has
commanded him (David)
to be commander over His people 1 Sam 13.14a
As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one." ...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Rom 3.10, 3.23
|Does the fact that God loved and blessed David mean that God showed personal
favoritism toward David?
Worse yet, does it mean that God condoned David's sins of murder, adultery, and polygamy?
Of course not! God is not a respecter of persons. God FORGIVES sin. He does not condone it.
|For there is no
respect of persons with God. Rom 2.11
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9
(David wrote...) I confessed my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgression to the LORD; and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32.5
|We have shown from the Bible that God's standard for marriage is ONE
man married to ONE woman -- the one-flesh covenant.
We now turn to Maria's questions concerning divorce.
From the get-go, let it be known that God HATES divorce.
|The LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce Mal 2.16a|
Nevertheless, because of the hardness of our hearts, God ALLOWS divorce under certain circumstances.
These circumstances can be determined from careful and prayerful analysis of ...
|They said to Jesus, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate
of divorce, and to put her away?"
He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." Mt 19.7-8
Except under the Biblically-allowed circumstances alluded to above, divorce and remarriage WILL ensue in the sin of adultery...
|Jesus said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits
adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her
husband and marries another, she commits adultery." Mk 10.11-12
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3.27-28