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  • A Testimony of God's Amazing Grace

    03/20/2015 5:12:12 PM PDT · 21 of 31
    aMorePerfectUnion to 9thLife


    He’ll be back.”

    Let’s hope he goes back to share God’s Gospel of grace with everyone who is not saved.

  • A Testimony of God's Amazing Grace

    03/20/2015 5:10:26 PM PDT · 20 of 31
    aMorePerfectUnion to Gamecock

    Welcome a Home! You will always be a Christian now!

  • Paul Tudor Jones Warns This "Disastrous Market Mania" Will End "By Revolution, Taxes, Or War"

    03/19/2015 10:20:18 PM PDT · 2 of 25
    aMorePerfectUnion to Perseverando

    Or all 3

  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:29:08 PM PDT · 4 of 18
    aMorePerfectUnion to NYer

    Wow! Their costumes are even more ornate and beautiful than the Roman denomination. Stunning.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/18/2015 6:20:33 AM PDT · 57 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    Steelfish,

    “The entire NT canonical text were sorted out by the early Church fathers under Petrine authority. Is the 2/3rd you are referring to?”

    No, 2/3 Hebrew Scriptures, already decided.
    The NT is 1/3 which was largely decided early on.

    “So for ELEVEN centuries, saints and martyrs of the Church, to say nothing of theologians whose works to this day are studied in the theological departments of major colleges and universities, all got it wrong including the recent droves of Protestant theologians who after a lifetime of study and research converted to Catholicism? And this Church misled generations of followers despite the assurances of Christ that the gates of hell shall never prevail against the Church he founded?”

    Wrong?: Humans are fascinating. They assume what is has always been and is true - until a precipitating event or idea forces a reconsideration. Then the energy shifts dramatically. People believe things with deep emotion, even though those things are not true. That is the human condition. They go on believing them and most do until...

    Example: The Reformation was a reaction. It did not arise out of a vacuum. It arose because of the actions of the Roman church.

    Conversion: People choose where they worship for all kinds of reasons. I leave that to God. Hundreds of millions of people have left Rome to go somewhere else. Some go to Rome. Finally, the Gates of Hell passage doesn’t teach the church - any church - is infallible. It means in the end, Death will not prevail against it.

    Best.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/17/2015 7:50:16 PM PDT · 55 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    OK, you gave it the old college try. Good.

    Here is my final response...

    “First, God’s Word is Written and Unwritten (John 21:25).”

    John 21:25 simply says Christ did a lot more. It doesn’t say this is known to believers. It says he did stuff not recorded in John’s Gospel.

    “The Church existed BEFORE the books in the Bible were sorted out as God’s Word”

    2/3 were sorted before Christ appeared on earth.
    1/3 were debated for a few centuries.

    “and were done so under infallible Petrine authority in AD 382 in the Synod of Rome.”

    It is the infallible part that is incorrect.

    “This infallible authority did not evaporate eleven centuries later with the Reformation.”

    Petrine authority never was given and never existed. Yes, I understand Catholics believe it. Hundreds of millions do not.

    “Second this interpretative Word of God draws it’s meaning from both the written and unwritten words and acts of Christ. John 21:25 makes this clear as crystal.”

    No. What is unwritten is unknown today, unless you can trace it to before 100 ad. Obviously you cannot, or would have posted it along with the list of pauline traditions I’m waiting for.

    “Third the sacred oral tradition is a deposit of faith given to the Apostles and their successors- the early Church fathers and successors to Peter.”

    No one knows what it is and there is not evidence from before 100 ad of some of the most widely held (and cherished) beliefs, including praying to departed saints.

    “Fourth, only the Catholic Church can infallibly set forth and interpret God’s Word, or else we’ll have the heresies of Joel Osteen and Billy Graham, and Jim Jones, Cleflo Dollar and the rest….”

    Well, no. Again, you believe it. The Catholic Church has never even published a commentary telling us what every verse means. I suspect Billy Graham has been used to lead more people to Christ than any Catholic you’ve ever met. We will know someday.I don’t confuse heretics like your other two (one cultist, one apparently self-centered, self-aggrandizer Jonesing for a jet. You don’t help your argument when you do that.

    “Fifth, there are enough and more scriptural references on inter-cessionary prayer”

    We agree that Christians are to pray. That was never in dispute. None of those verses though says Christians should pray to physically dead Christians or Jews.

    Even the verse in Revelation doesn’t say if the saints who prayed were the ones under the alter (already physically dead) or on earth. More importantly, those carrying the prayers are never identified as being prayed to.

    Best to you.

    Ping me when you find the missing list of Pauline Traditions! :-)

    I’ll ping you if I find Scriptural evidence for snake handling beyond that one verse.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/17/2015 6:24:18 PM PDT · 53 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    Steelfish (good name)

    “So you are reduced to quibble about the word “suppose” against a 2000-year Church history whose theological foundations have been settled not only by the early Church fathers, but by every reputable eminent theologian both Catholic, and non-Catholic scholars and theologians who have converted to Catholicism.”

    If we take your version, the operative words are “I think.” No difference.

    “Besides, the word “suppose” is a Protestant invention. It’s not found in the official Catholic Bible which is what counts since it is the Church that infallibly assembled the books of the Bible. Before, the written word was sorted out, there was the one, true, Catholic Church, then, now, and forever.”

    This is silly friend. God assembled His Word after inspiring and preserving it. The NT is in Greek. Greek words mean things. These things are found in Greek Lexicons.

    You may continue to insist on all the Catholic forever stuff. I expect that from a Catholic. It is not historically accurate and I do not accept it, so please understand that it neither supports your truth claim nor adds to it.

    “The Word of God both written and UNWRITTEN matters, and only the Catholic Church continues to hold its sacred traditions, rituals, and liturgies as embraced by its saints, martyrs, and stigmatists, and all its followers.”

    There is no “unwritten word of God.” There is the Word of God, inspired and unchangeable. There is what is added to it by accretion over the millennia that is not contained in Scripture. None of that is inspired.

    Since you’ve not yet supported your truth claim that Christians should pray to departed saints from Scripture, maybe your best bet is just to claim it has nothing to do with Scripture - and it doesn’t - and just come out and say your denomination teaches it based on its own desire to pray to departed people.

    “This is why today Protestantism has been reduced to a caricature with multiple conflicting beliefs and as many “truths” as there are people who think they can crack open the pages of the Bible and authoritatively thump out God’s Word like the Creflo Dollars, Billy Grahams, Jimmy Swaggarts, Benny Hinns, Rev. Jeremiah Wrights; and very other scam artists of varying degrees who have used scripture to amass personal fortunes for themselves, and families, and in-laws, and sometimes with lethal consequences like the David Koresh’s of this world.”

    Really, your resort to adhominem here and inclusion of a cultist, etc. tells me you have nothing left to add except vindictive arguments and claims that traditions are inspired.

    Unless you can come up with any facts, evidence or logic, it appears we’ve reached the bottom of your barrel.

    I was responding to your claims that it was Biblical. You never demonstrated this after several back and forths.

    The snake handling churches in the Appalachians have one disputed verse to base their practice upon and come right out and tell you the passage.

    If it was important to the Christian faith to pray to departed saints, don’t you think God might have at least alluded to it in Scripture? An Apostle or Christian may have been recorded doing it? We would have been commanded or exhorted to do so? Anything before 100 ad - sacred or secular - might have recorded it historically?

    Best

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/17/2015 9:41:08 AM PDT · 50 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to NKP_Vet

    Keep repeating it like a mantra. Perhaps it gives comfort.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/17/2015 6:05:04 AM PDT · 49 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    “Note the inherent illogic here. Thus by your lights Peter’s inter-cessionary powers vanish as soon as he is dead!! While Peter was alive, the crippled beggar could not have obtained his recovery by direct prayer to God.”

    .....And yet you put forth this passage of Scripture as if it teaches that believers on earth are to pray to departed believers, when it simply does not teach that. You have an idea you are reading into the passage.

    “GOD chose NOT to include them in Holy Writ.” Who told you this? John says they could simply not all have all be written down. “

    .....God can do anything. He did not. John says, “I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” The operative word is “suppose.”

    .....Your view has a larger problem. Since those things Jesus “did” are unknown, it is a meaningless passage when it comes to supporting your claim. We simply do not have them. Nor do we know what they are.

    “It may well be reasonably inferred that John is saying that followers of Christ not depend only on what was written down.”

    .....No. A reasonable person would not take that specific passage and make that claim.

    “There is no evidence anywhere in the passage that the Elders were prayed to by the people on earth. It just shows the prayers of saints being presented as incense to God. But this is in contradiction to what you wrote on (1) above. Incense in the old Testament was always seen as a form of prayers rising to God.”

    Even if we accept your claim above, it falls short of anyone praying to a saint in Scripture.

    “No list of traditions” This is beyond absurd. Christ established a Church, so that His Church will carry out faithfully the oral traditions of the day.”

    .....Please provide a passage that says the purpose of the church is to carry out oral traditions. When you do that, we have something to talk about. Until then, it is an opinion.

    “Since when should all this be written down when John in 21: 25 explicitly states that many things Chirst said and did were not written down.”

    John says that the things that are written were written so that we would believe and in believing have eternal life.

    Still waiting for that Scriptural proof. So far you’ve posted your closely held hopes and opinions.

    Best

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/16/2015 8:04:34 PM PDT · 45 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to NKP_Vet

    “Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition can not be separated.”

    ...Of course they can be.

    ...”Sacred Tradition” is an accretion of two thousand years of adding to God’s revelation. None of it is more authoritative than God’s inspired Words.

    ...There is no authoritative list of Apostolic Tradition outside God’s Word. That is the Achilles heal of your argument.

    “Catholicism 100 for beginners.”

    False teaching 100.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/16/2015 6:21:47 PM PDT · 40 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    “There is scriptural reference for inter-cessionary prayer. For example, John sees that “the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8). Thus the saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.”

    ..... There is no evidence anywhere in the passage that the Elders were prayed to by the people on earth. It just shows the prayers of saints being presented as incense to God.

    “And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene— walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.…” Peter here was an intercessor.

    ..... Please. You are really trying to spin straw into gold. Peter and the beggar were both on earth, both physically alive. No one had departed.

    “Further, you cannot discount John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they were written one by one, I suppose that not even the world itself would contain the books written.”

    ..... That passage means nothing in regards to this conversation. It provides no support. Yes, he did MANY things. GOD chose NOT to include them in Holy Writ. Yet we see HIS inspired words that everything we need for salvation and maturity are included in Holy Writ.

    “These unwritten words and acts of Christ did not disappear into the ether. They were part of the received oral tradition of the Church. Thus one should not with a wave of the hand dismiss the works of Hermes etc whose writings are a part of serious theological and historical scholarship.”

    ..... THAT is simply an assumption with no evidence to support it before 100 AD. Hermes is from somewhere around 140 AD.

    “St. Paul in his letters also warns the faithful to hold fast to the tradition they received: “We command you, brothers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to avoid any brother who wanders from the straight path and does not follow the tradition you received from us” (2 Th 3, 6)”

    ..... There is NO LIST of traditions. It does not exist, does it? If it did, you would have it. You seem to be grasping at straws that MAY be a loophole. Yet we have no record of the other things Christ did and no record of any list of traditions. Nor do we see an Apostle or Christian writing about or modeling praying to departed saints or angels.

    “Jesus said his Church would be “the light of the world.” He then noted that “a city set on a hill cannot be hid” (Matt. 5:14).

    ..... Well, no Christ says YOU are a light. Not the Church. Nor does this passage say or support praying to departed saints.

    “Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus.”

    That in itself means nothing. God has not a single grandchild. Only children. Age of an organization has nothing to do with truth. Nor does this lend support to praying to departed saints.

    “Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church.”

    ..... Every believer is chosen and saved in a direct relationship with Christ. Every believer becomes baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. Every believer becomes part of the Bride of Christ. Immediately.

    “The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054.”

    ..... I don’t think they would describe it that way, but it doesn’t matter in this conversation. That event has nothing to do with praying to departed saints.

    “The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. (Most of today’s Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)”

    ..... Every group of believes is directly related to Him and can organize itself as a local expression of the Universal Body of Christ. Again, nothing to do with praying to departed saints.

    “Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. This is unequaled by any institution in history.”

    ... Again, nothing to do with Scripture supporting praying to departed saints. Also, while you believe what you just wrote, it isn’t historical. It is so much fluff.

    “Finally, one must also have to engage in a willing suspension of disbelief of the numerous scientifically documented miracles (some of them still living) attributed to inter-cessionary prayer.”

    ..... Attribution is always an opinion.

    ..... In short, you have not provided any Scriptural support for this practice that crept into the church in later centuries. That is to be expected. As I pointed out upthread, there simply isn’t any.

    Best.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/16/2015 3:42:20 PM PDT · 35 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Steelfish

    Steelfish...

    It is certainly an interesting post of historical references.

    What you don’t have is anything in the Bible - God’s Inspired Words - that:

    Teaches us to pray to departed people
    Teaches us to pray to angels
    Commands us to pray to departed people or angels
    Demonstrates a Christian praying to departed people or angels
    Encourages us to pray to departed people or angels.
    Heck, there is no evidence that a departed person can even hear you address them, assuming they are in heaven.

    Against that we have all the commands to pray to the Father. To approach Him BOLDLY.

    Hermes is from the Second Century. It was never included in the Canon because it is not inspired.

    From there, your non-inspired selections get farther from the truth.

    No one disputes that after centuries all kinds of things were added to what the Church taught. Your quotes progressively demonstrate that.

    The truth is that praying to departed saints is completely made up and not part of the Apostles Tradition. There is no evidence that an Apostle every did such a thing.

    Yes, your denomination teaches it and encourages it and individuals like [presumably] yourself like it, but it isn’t from God.

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/16/2015 9:10:45 AM PDT · 28 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to expat_panama

    Hey! I asked you a question first ;-)

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/15/2015 8:36:32 PM PDT · 24 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to 353FMG

    Indeed! Mysterious to them too!

    It is sobering that before they convert, they know it may mean death. The link to Iran Alive has video of Muslims with all their despair coming to Christ - recorded as it happened. They also have online chat rooms to answer questions and lead them to Christ.

    I encourage you to watch them.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/15/2015 7:01:52 PM PDT · 14 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Mark17

    Hi Mark,
    Nice to see you here also. I am unfamiliar with the INC. It is always difficult for someone in a false version of Christianity to leave. It is even harder to lead them in the right direction because they have believed so strongly in a close substitute that turned out to be a lie.

    Still, God calls many in false versions of Christianity to Himself. I was thinking this just today about Jehovah’s Witnesses. A thankless dour religion. It is also true of faiths that are works based.

    Christianity is the opposite of Islam. The thing that many, many repeat when they tell of their encounters with Christ is that when they met Him, they knew they were completely loved. It was different than anything they’d ever experienced in Islam.

    best to you
    AMPU

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 6:57:54 PM PDT · 23 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to expat_panama

    “That means it’d have to be super secret trades that are invisible to any kind of radar. Kind of like the black helicopters or those mind control cosmic rays we ward off w/ tin-foil hats. So what we’re really seriously talking about here is world wide a few billion in funds (say $100B ?) managed by private firms out of a total world wide market cap of maybe $50T.”

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. My head trader says he has never seen anything like this in his long career.

    Since we agree that Central Banks around the world are buying S&P futures contracts, why would you imagine that the largest central bank in the world - the Federal Reserve - is not doing the same?

    Remember that the Fed trades through major investment banks around the world. They do not disclose their work. Also remember that (in your estimate), $100 billion USD can buy a huge amount of derivatives of many kinds as leverage.

    The Fed cannot buy the whole market. Nor do they desire to do so. Nor do they need to do so. They can control the edges to prevent severe declines and to promote the idea that all is normal. It happens regularly.

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/15/2015 6:33:04 PM PDT · 9 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Mrs. Don-o

    As a follow up, a great book I read recently details these events - all by former muslims the author has met or his close family and friends meet. The stories are moving and inspiring, as these new believers in every muslim country are coming to faith in Christ at the risk of their lives.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0849947200/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/15/2015 6:27:54 PM PDT · 8 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to Mrs. Don-o

    Mrs. Don-o

    Nice to see posting again :-)

    Here is a ministry beamed into IRAN 24/7. At any given time a large percent of the population is watching.

    http://www.iranaliveministries.org/index.aspx

    Best

  • Our Lady Conqueror of Muslim Hearts: The Virgin Mary's Coming Conquest Of Islam

    03/15/2015 5:59:44 PM PDT · 5 of 57
    aMorePerfectUnion to NKP_Vet

    This article appears to be pretty thin on anything but opinion and gloss friend.

    Muslims are coming to Christ in Islamic countries now. Christ is appearing to muslims in dreams and visions. There are now an estimated 2 million former muslim believers in Iran alone.

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 3:16:09 PM PDT · 17 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to expat_panama

    The Fed and Central Banks in other countries buy futures contracts on broad market indexes and derivatives on the same. If you Google it, you will find plenty of information.

    Certainly, the Fed has expanded its balance sheet with huge amounts of bond buying, forcing money into the stock market and making it attractive for companies to begin stock buy-backs with such low rates.

    It goes beyond that though. I recently sold my investment management firm after 27 years of being involved. Every trader I know, who sits at a terminal every day and watches what is happening tells me that an unseen hand is stepping in at every dicey decline to save it from disaster.

    Central banks around the world are buying stocks. When you have lots of money, the easiest way to get exposure is with futures on indexes - or other derivative contracts.

    As a sample to save you time...

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-30/its-settled-central-banks-trade-sp500-futures

    http://nypost.com/2014/10/20/plunge-protection-behind-markets-sudden-recovery/

    http://www.zerohedge.com/article/us-government-buying-stocks

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-04-24/central-banks-load-up-on-equities-as-low-rates-kill-bond-yields

    http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/why-are-central-banks-suddenly-buying-stocks/

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-11/how-boj-stepped-143-times-send-japanese-stocks-soaring

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-22/veteran-sp-futures-trader-i-am-100-confident-central-banks-are-buying-sp-futures

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 2:27:37 PM PDT · 13 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to NRx
    Please do laugh. It doesn't trouble me at all.

    Please also stop back to update things.

    I will leave you with a question...

    If the stock market is so fantastic, why are Central Banks stepping in to purchase futures and other derivative contracts to prop it up every time it begins to fail and looks dicey? Why is that necessary?

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 1:52:55 PM PDT · 9 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to NRx

    “Your points are a good argument for diversification across multiple asset classes. As an argument against indexing, I think they are rather anemic.”

    Not surprising.

    You already have a belief system, confirmed by recency bias and supported by the support of hundreds of billions of Central Bank dollars that are preventing serious declines.

    This will work until it no longer works. Up until that time, your bias will be reconfirmed. You will be pleased with your gains.

    If very fortunate, the Central Banks and (in the final stages) the IMF will be able to keep it up for a couple more years tops.

    Unfortunately, investors like you will no longer have the skills to use a steering wheel. After that, many people will remember too late that asset preservation means something as they lose most of what they have. Not 10%. Most, meaning far more than half.

    May you not be among them. I do encourage you to stop back and update your thread when we reach that point.

    As for diversification among asset classes... Just when you need diversification to help the most, if fails the worst. They all die like rats in a corner.

    Either you will eventually learn to steer, or you will hire someone to do so. The alternative is unthinkable.

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 12:57:59 PM PDT · 6 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to Bubba_Leroy

    Bubba,
    I realize what an index is. My points remain true.

  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

    03/15/2015 12:56:12 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    aMorePerfectUnion to knarf

    “Of course you are ... why ELSE would you post a link ?”

    I suppose it is the human condition to think everything has to do with ourselves. In this case, it has nothing to do with you or your preferred music choice.

    “He slurs like a drunk,”

    Never good to be judgmental.

    “can’t find his words like a drunk and uses false data to justify his condition ... like a drunk”

    Seemed to get to his point.

    “Can you PROVE Jesus had long hair .... other than the Catholic depictions ?”

    I can only prove He had a beard.

    “Listen to the syncopated 1/2 count of your own heart .... and consider GOD invented it, gave it to you free ... just by being born .... and you might appreciate HIS beat as opposed to the one foisted upon you in your infancy”

    Back to ad hominem and judgmental. Not a nice sight.

    There is no divinely endorsed or revealed score of music on the pages of Scripture. Many popular hymns took the music of popular culture at the time. It happens today too.

    “Who are you to judge the servant of another?

  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 12:45:06 PM PDT · 4 of 29
    aMorePerfectUnion to NRx

    Nothing beats a market index that has:

    ... no cost
    ... no risk management
    ... no concern for loss of capital

    ... And propelled higher by the Plunge Protection Team at the Federal Reserve that has prevented a meltdown since quantitative easing began by buying index derivatives.

    How could anything do better than a no cost, manipulated index?? Seems impossible.

    Please update this evaluation after the next collapse and we can compare all the alternative strategies over a complete market cycle.

  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

    03/15/2015 12:28:00 PM PDT · 6 of 8
    aMorePerfectUnion to knarf

    “You want me to listen”

    I am not asking you to do anything.

    “to a long haired drunk”

    He is not drunk. His hair is long. Do you have a problem with long hair, like Christ’s?

    “justify music diametrically opposed to what I posted?”

    I don’t see it as diametrically opposed to what you posted.

    “Didn.t you LIKE what I posted ? “

    “I’m not knockin’ the hymns, but give me something with a beat.” - Larry Norman

  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

    03/15/2015 8:24:29 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    aMorePerfectUnion to redshawk

    He did say good

  • MUSIC FOR GETTING READY FOR CHURCH

  • Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

    03/14/2015 11:02:26 AM PDT · 12 of 41
    aMorePerfectUnion to Salvation

    “the Only Source of salvation and eternal life by taking a look at the Catholic Church.”

    And yet that isn’t found in the pages of Scripture anywhere.

    Are you more concerned about the souls of people being saved from hell and having eternal life, or more concerned about them joining your Catholic denomination with the hope that they will be saved from the wrath to come?

  • Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

    03/14/2015 10:57:05 AM PDT · 10 of 41
    aMorePerfectUnion to Salvation

    “This article is about evangelization. We must continue to contact and invite people to take a look at the Catholic Church”

    Meant with all sincerity...

    You must contact people and invite them to Christ - the Only Source of salvation and eternal life.

  • Help with Sending Mass E mailings

    03/13/2015 8:21:09 PM PDT · 2 of 20
    aMorePerfectUnion to hsmomx3

    Look at Aweber.

    Don’t violate the CANNSPAM Law.

  • Project Titan, SixtyEight & SG5: Inside Apple's top-secret electric car project

    03/13/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · 22 of 43
    aMorePerfectUnion to Swordmaker
  • Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook

    03/13/2015 7:23:25 PM PDT · 47 of 47
    aMorePerfectUnion to Talisker
  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 7:40:18 PM PDT · 113 of 169
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    I am familiar with Paul. He did write quite a bit. I also do not know which passage you have in mind.

    Ergo... Post a reference or the passage, or we may be talking past each other.

  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 5:46:40 PM PDT · 99 of 169
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “Since all priests and bishops are also deacons, this means that ALL clerics are bound to perfect, perpetual continence.”

    Amazing how many unbiblical things are in that one sentence.

  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 5:05:34 PM PDT · 96 of 169
    aMorePerfectUnion to Zionist Conspirator

    “You, my friend, are very naive. Let me know when he condemns higher criticism and teaches creationism. “

    And perhaps you do not understand context...

    I’m only posting about priests not marrying.

  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 5:04:31 PM PDT · 95 of 169
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    Arthur,
    Please post the passage and we can discuss it.

  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 12:34:11 PM PDT · 3 of 169
    aMorePerfectUnion to Legatus

    Wow! Moving in line with Scripture!

    How can you complain?

  • Law schools are in a death spiral. Maybe now they’ll finally change.

    03/12/2015 7:59:43 AM PDT · 60 of 60
    aMorePerfectUnion to sitetest


    This is baloney. There are roughly 200 law schools in the US. So, only two will thrive?

    PLEASE! Don’t be a dream killer!

  • FedEx Refuses to Ship Personal “Ghost Gunner” CNC Mill

    03/11/2015 9:14:09 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    aMorePerfectUnion to 2ndDivisionVet

    Isn’t the community of patriots big enough to have an Underground Railroad to deliver these?

  • Barack Obama has likely given a $9 billion boost to the gun industry (at least)

    03/11/2015 9:12:37 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    aMorePerfectUnion to Red in Blue PA

    I’ve wondered if this is on purpose - give the gun people lots to be upset about and they will be distracted and spend their money on guns and ammo instead of fighting the real things he is attacking...

  • Beware of counterfeit conservatives groups

    03/11/2015 9:05:46 PM PDT · 15 of 19
    aMorePerfectUnion to TurboZamboni

    Like Evangelicals for Mitt...

  • Law schools are in a death spiral. Maybe now they’ll finally change.

    03/10/2015 8:27:25 PM PDT · 18 of 60
    aMorePerfectUnion to wastedyears

    Please contribute generously to the Spay & Neuter Feral Attorneys Fund.

    Do it for the children.
    Do it out of patriotism.
    Do it to protect yourself.
    Just do it today.

  • The FBI and NSA Hate Apple’s Plan to Keep Your iPhone6 Data Secret (via encryption)(Sept. 2014)

    03/10/2015 4:09:28 PM PDT · 5 of 16
    aMorePerfectUnion to dennisw

    I thought the Supreme Court decided in the 70s that there is a Constiutional right to privacy?

  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/10/2015 4:06:34 PM PDT · 66 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Grateful2God

    “Do not accuse. I did not deliberately withhold a premise. “

    And yet you’ve decided that God’s will is whatever you wish to believe. I’m not sure you understand your hidden premise.

    I wish you blessings inHim.

  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/09/2015 6:42:28 PM PDT · 63 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Grateful2God
    "One day, yes, Jesus will return in all His glory. But He also said He would be with us always, even unto the end of time. He remains with us in humility in the Eucharist, consecrated by the priest, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, as an offering to the Father."

    Christ is with us to the end - spiritually. Not physically. The Scriptures say nothing about priests as a church office. They say nothing about consecrating the Lord's Supper. There is not offering now. It is finished.

    "Nothing is impossible with God."- Didn't Jesus Himself day that?"

    Unfortunately, what you are claiming is this:

    We cannot see the physical glory of Christ in the host.
    God can do anything He wants to.
    Therefore, He doesn't want us to see Christ's physical glory in the host.

    You have a hidden presupposition we must disclose to be honest.

    We cannot see the physical glory of Christ in the host.
    God chose to veil Christ's glory.
    God can do anything He wants to.
    Therefore, He doesn't want us to see Christ's glory in the host.

    The hidden part of your claim is that you know the will of God. You do not. It is not revealed anywhere in Scripture. You prefer to believe it. You've found a blank check (you believe), that gives permission to believe whatever you prefer.

    ... and this is the problem with the banner you are marching under "God can do anything."

    What you are really claiming is that whatever you want to believe is what God wants, because He can do anything.

    You are treating this like a blank check to justify what you prefer to believe.

  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/09/2015 3:28:15 PM PDT · 60 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Grateful2God

    “It was interesting, and I wish you the best, but if you don’t believe God is almighty, perfect, infinite, and more than we can imagine, we really do have nothing to discuss. “

    Of course I believe those things Grateful2God.

    [Having said that, God can NEVER act against His nature. He cannot act evily. Cannot be less than just. Etc. So there are things He cannot do. That, as I said above is another conversation.]

    To justify what you prefer to believe, under the banner of “God can do anything,” negates revealed truth.

    Best.

  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/09/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · 58 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Grateful2God

    “That’s what my Catholic Faith is based on. Everything stems from there, and everything in summary returns to it. Not written verbatim in the Bible? Perhaps not. But it is the sum and substance of Scripture. “

    If that is the basis for your faith, then you have no need of the Scriptures for any reason. You can just say, “Well, God can do anything!!”

    You can claim pizza in your shoe makes you spiritually alive. Others may call that claim into question because God revealed everything we need to know for salvation and Christian maturity. You will simply reply, “God is Almighty and can do anything!”

    Actually, there are many things God cannot do, but we’ll save that for another discussion.

    And...

    If all you have is “God is Almighty and can do anything,” then there is no point discussing anything with you at all that we know about Christ through Scripture, anything about the Church, anything about the future, anything about our faith. You are clearly not interested in that, from your declaration. OK then.

    So I agree, there is nothing else that can be discussed spiritually or Biblically with you.

  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/09/2015 12:00:41 PM PDT · 56 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan
    "The Second Person of the Trinity is/was glorified from eternity, during his life on earth as God and man, and now in heaven as God and man." Back to "study to show yourself approved" for you Arthur! He set aside His glory when He became fully God and fully Man. "The glorification of Jesus by the Father is utterly unrelated to what we may see or not see when we look at the Eucharist." Yes. We certainly agree. IF the bread were Christ, you would see His glory visibly. Since we do not see the current glorify manifest, you must order a monstronce from Catholic Supply, place the host in it to make it appear spiritual and glorious. In the end, it makes Him into an idol.
  • The Glory of Eucharistic Theology

    03/09/2015 11:57:33 AM PDT · 55 of 66
    aMorePerfectUnion to Grateful2God

    “He’s God. He can do anything.”

    Generally, when you get to the point where you try to support a non-Biblical belief by saying, “God can do anything,” it is a clear sign it’s all you have - meaning nothing Biblical.

    “If the Blessed Sacrament were put in a plain, circular case, people walking in would have less chance of being aware that He was exposed, and may not behave with the extra-ordinary reverence that Jesus deserves when placed on the altar to be publicly adored.”

    Which makes my point clear, that there is not glory there, as describe by the Apostle John as the true state of Christ now - GLORIFIED and EXALTED above all. If it were Christ, no one would miss it. Prophecy says that when He returns, everyone will see Him - everyone.

    “Jesus was sitting at the table when He initiated the Sacrament, and thus had no need of a monstrance. “

    Nor do Christians.

    “Each particle of a Consecrated Host, is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in all His Fullness.”

    I realize you believe this, but hundreds of millions of Christians read the Bible and see that it isn’t there.

    “For me, this is the Truth, rather than self-interpretation.”

    I am not dependent on self-interpretation alone. I am in a gathering of believers and we are gifted by God with Elders, Deacons and Pastor-Techers, as well as all other spiritual gifts.

    Best to you.