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    I purchased Luther's Works Vol. 43: Devotional...

    I purchased Luther's Works Vol. 43: Devotional Writings II in order to read his letter Whether One May Flee From
    A Deadly Plague. It was an interesting read. As in much of his writings a marvelous...
  2. I've working on memorizing poems I knew or half...

    I've working on memorizing poems I knew or half knew when I was a kid. I've polished off The Cremation of Sam MaGee and Casey at the Bat and will be working on The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and...
  3. Thread: Sanditon

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    The "six leeches" were a treatment, not an...

    The "six leeches" were a treatment, not an illness. Believing that many complaints were caused by too much blood (or bad humours in the blood or what-not), leeches were a way of bleeding the...
  4. Thread: Sin

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    I agree. Which shows how otherworldly God's...

    I agree. Which shows how otherworldly God's forgiveness is. He does know those ten things--and yet he forgives. From the heart loving without reservation. Taking away the guilt (responsibility or...
  5. Thread: Sin

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    Some observations from my study of the Bible: ...

    Some observations from my study of the Bible:

    God is completely good. In fact, attempting to define sin apart from him is impossible. Sin is separations from God, from his goodness and from his...
  6. Thread: Opening Day

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    Always love collections of stories and...

    Always love collections of stories and recollections of former players, managers, etc.

    Only one that comes to mind at the moment is Catcher in the Wry by Bob Uecker, but there are any number that...
  7. I'm not sure I entirely understand your question,...

    I'm not sure I entirely understand your question, but it certainly called to mind Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang. It a science fiction story, so that's probably not what you mean.
  8. As to the belly buttons...so? First, that's...

    As to the belly buttons...so? First, that's artistic depiction, so the artists used the human form as they knew it. However, it is probable they did have belly buttons because they were created...
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    I agree with Eiseahbal. Variety. I'm...

    I agree with Eiseahbal. Variety. I'm suspicious of people who use 'always,' 'only' or 'never' too much.

    I try to mix what I read: Some fiction, some nonfiction. Some styles/authors/subjects I...
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    Welcome as well. I grew up in Price County,...

    Welcome as well. I grew up in Price County, though I live elsewhere now. Beautiful country. Leaves will be turning soon.
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    You want some hope? Read the forgotten...

    You want some hope? Read the forgotten literature of previous generations. See the scares about the limited supply of oil in the late 1800's, about the new ice age in the 1970's, about the looming...
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    Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard to get...

    Old Mother Hubbard
    went to her cupboard
    to get her poor daughter a dress.

    When she got there,
    the cupboard was bare
    and so is her daughter...I guess.
  13. Don't sweat it. I've reached the conclusion that...

    Don't sweat it. I've reached the conclusion that no matter how much you read, there will always be "I-should-read-this" books that you haven't read. Rather than feel guilty or inadequate, enjoy...
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    Cremation of Sam MaGee (Service) Casey at the...

    Cremation of Sam MaGee (Service)
    Casey at the Bat (Some Guy)
    The Children's Hour (Longfellow)


    These are 'by heart' in that I can recite about 80% of them accurately and try to do so when some...
  15. In the Holy Bible God revels that he is content...

    In the Holy Bible God revels that he is content with providing a substitute to suffer in our place. "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that...
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    Not to rehash things already covered, I'd like to...

    Not to rehash things already covered, I'd like to respond to a few specific points.

    1) Isaiah 1:18 is a very interesting passage. God rebukes man for his sin. God then offers to sit and...
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    Wodehouse is amazing. I wish I had a little...

    Wodehouse is amazing.

    I wish I had a little more (page or two) of context to give a better answer.

    "one of the boys" is an expression that means someone is part of a specific group of familiar,...
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    I wish I knew more so I could give you a better...

    I wish I knew more so I could give you a better answer.

    Your English seems to be impeccable. I don't think you'd have to worry too much about the finished product being understandable or meeting...
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    You've given your opinion, but you have given no...

    You've given your opinion, but you have given no supporting evidence. Why should I accept that you know the best way to understand and read the Bible? Who can offer more than an opinion? Or at...
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    As one of the hypocrites, I thought maybe I'd...

    As one of the hypocrites, I thought maybe I'd chime in. I intend this without malice because I am a hypocrite. I know that I should be more like Christ--more loving, more patient, less lazy....
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    I had several classmates in college who were...

    I had several classmates in college who were returning to school from the work force. They were a bit older than you (it seems). What I noticed is they had less natural aptitude for education...
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    Speaking specifically regarding the religion with...

    Speaking specifically regarding the religion with which I am familiar, conservative Lutheran Christianity, I would address the question of contradictions and despicable things:

    First, I am not at...
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    I find it worse than useless to speak of being...

    I find it worse than useless to speak of being "religious" without defining specific beliefs or schools of thought/teaching/piety is worse than useless. It's confusing to the extreme. Many...
  24. Thread: White Nights

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    I just read White Nights and (I know this is...

    I just read White Nights and (I know this is terrible), but my first thought was "Friend Zone!"

    Seriously, he wants to love her as a woman and she wants to love him as a brother. It really is an...
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    I am incredibly hesitant to jump into this...

    I am incredibly hesitant to jump into this conversation for a number of reasons, but I'll try to add some insight.

    The Christian Bible doesn't treat sexual intimacy merely with a list of don'ts...
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